Leopard & Cheetah & Zebra, Oh My!

You know what’s rad? Prints! From leopard to stripes to floral to paisley. Prints, though repetitive in nature, can be very bold. With bold visual power comes the feeling to default to pairing a print with a basic. But I say, if you’re going to run, you might as well run for gold! Go all out with your prints. Mix and match to your heart’s content.

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In Hiding: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

If you had to go into hiding for a while and could only bring five things with you, what would you bring? Assuming that my very basic necessities (food, water etc) were taken care of, there are a few things that I wouldn’t want to live without:

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Get in the habit of Color

Just because it’s August doesn’t mean Summer is over just yet! I’ve still got the urge to sport my summer brights and nothing will stop me. Not the  back-to-school ads or the presence of Fall leaves as decor in the shops. There is one Fall color that I am happy make nice with– yellow.

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Goodwill Industries Week Sale & Uber Update

Goodwill Industries Week Sale

Today starts Goodwill Industries Week

Every year during the first full week of May, all 165 Goodwill’s across the world come together to celebrate Goodwill Industries Week. Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 to mark the birth of Edgar J. Helms, the founder of the Goodwill philosophy and to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about the mission of “helping people with disabilities help themselves.” This year, Goodwill NY-NJ will celebrate with a week long sale!

From Monday 5/5 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New York stores.

From Tuesday 5/6 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New Jersey stores.

#UberSpringCleaning

#UberSpringCleaning Update

A huge thank you goes out to Uber and to all of you who participated in #UberSpringCleaning. The Uber drivers were kept busy on Saturday; there were over 750 pick-ups between 10am and 6pm. Pickups were extended for two extra hours due to demand. We are so grateful to the Uber drivers and of course to you our donors for cleaning up your closets and donating to Goodwill! In total we received over 2,200 bags of donations – that is almost 300 bags every hour!

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped resident’s keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet.

To thank you for your participation, Uber offers promo code GoodwillNYNJ to receive $25 off your first trip with them.

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GOODWILL INDUSTRIES WEEK 2014

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Wearable Technology from Social Media Week

For those who didn’t know last week was Social Media Week here in New York City. Social Media Week happens in 8 different cities each year – Bangalore, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lagos, Milan, Tokyo and right here in NYC. It is a time for social media professionals to gather and talk about statistics, how to connect with audiences, content creation, and much more. It may sound boring but it is actually lots of fun!

The Wearable Technology Fashion Show, hosted by Tech in Motion, was one of many cool events among all the seminars. Set up as a traditional fashion show – a runway with rows of seats facing the catwalk– the only difference was a huge screen showing live tweets of those who used the hashtags #smwtechinmotion. C’mon, it was Social Media Week of course!

Asher Levine grenade bagThe show started off with Asher Levine presenting pieces for his 2014 line. Levine is a complete scientist/fashion designer. Here is his “grenade bag” (seriously, grenade). It is made of neoprene compound (rubber for us simple folk) and uses PhoneHalo TrackR technology. Ever forget where you put your bag down? With this tech, you can locate your bag with an app on your smartphone.

SensoreeForget wearing your heart on your sleeve. Imagine wearing your emotions on your collar! That is what Sensoree is all about. You can choose from a knitted headpiece or collar that is 3D printed. It uses Electroencephalography (EEG, the recording of electrical activity along the scalp) brain sensors that maps and exhibits the color of your mood. If it senses your brain is in a deep sleep it will show red, meditation as orange, consciousness as yellow/green and multi sensory brain state will show up blue, purple and red.

3D printed nailsSally Hansen, move over. TheLaserGirls showed us some crazy cool acrylic nail designs that were made on a 3D printer. Texture and shape galore!

EverpurseThis was my favorite piece of the night – a rechargeable clutch presented by Everpurse. Inside there is a charging pocket which houses a wireless charging mat. Now when you are out and about you can truly Instagram to your heart’s content.

These were just some of the goodies that were shown during the fashion show. If wearable tech sounds like something you would be into also check out:

Atlas Wearables – fitness trackers
Augmate – competitor to Google Glasses
Continuum Fashion – 3D printed shoes
Ministry of Supply – high tech performance business wear

Do you think you could use any of these items even if you are not a social media professional? And if so, which and how would you use them? We’d love to hear your comments below!

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Is Brooklyn Really the Coolest City Ever?

Brooklyn Bridge East River New York City

Disclaimer: I’m a native Brooklynite, born in Brooklyn Hospital. I attended Brooklyn Tech High School and in the words of Jay-Z, “Brooklyn till I die.”

Nonetheless, in the past five years -or ten if you’re a native- Brooklyn has had a renaissance. Gone are the scathing comments when you travel away from New York City, “Have you ever been shot?” Or still funny but not as harsh, “Did you know Biggie?” Instead, when you say you’re from Brooklyn, it’s as if this automatic halo of coolness surrounds you. Brooklyn transplants start to envy you and get nervous as though they will never tell their children how they inherited the cool package they give you in the delivery room.

The Brooklyn effect is a global phenomenon. Urban planning and real estate developers in the Midwest are marketing converted warehouses as “Brooklyn-style lofts.” Young women like Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City” fame, who a generation ago wanted to move to Manhattan and wouldn’t be seen in Brooklyn, are now creating vision boards based on Bushwick, the Brooklyn neighborhood where the cast of HBO’s “Girls resides. Across the Atlantic in Sweden, if you slap the world “Brooklyn” onto anything, people will buy it. There’s even a restaurant named “Bar Brooklyn,” modeled after hipster-filled bars in Williamsburg, at the original Kings County.

Recently, I stopped by the Goodwill at Livingston Street, in what natives call downtown Brooklyn. The store is located on the cusp of Fort Greene and Cobble Hill, two areas recently crowned as affluent due to rocketing real estate that has been there since the 1800s. I saw the melting pot that makes Brooklyn so cool. Little old ladies dropping off coats from decades past, hipsters buying up all things flannel, an older gentlemen looking for a suit for work, college students looking for early nineties “retro goods,” And then me, a fashion stylist who dreads department stores. For one moment, I took it all in, the different walks of life, the different reasons everyone was here: donating, shopping, and finding career wear. I realized that in no other city would I see true coolness but in a Goodwill in Brooklyn.

What made Brooklyn so cool? Was it the once cheap rents? Could it be the non-pretentious natives or slower pace? Was it the ability to zone commercial and residential as such to live, play and work without the fast-pace of Manhattan? Do the Barclay’s Center or the artisanal shops opening every five minutes make Brooklyn now cool? Or has Brooklyn always been cool and those seeking a cool factor just discovered it?

What do you think? Include your comments below and let me know!

And if you have not been in Brooklyn, let me be your tour guide. Write any questions about anything Brooklyn!

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day and Weekend Window Sales!

25% off red items and tags January 31
Goodwill wishes you a happy Chinese New Year! On Friday, January 31 receive 25% off all red items and tags.

25% off outwear

Just in case Punxsutawney Phil does see his shadow we want you to stay warm! Receive 25% off outerwear Sunday, February 2 in New York & New Jersey and Tuesday, February 4 in Paramus.

windowsaleheaderGeneral Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules


New York City

72nd Street Store: Saturday 2/1 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 1/31 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/1 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am;  sale 9 am

Massapequa Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford: Saturday 2/1 sale 10 am

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Goodwill Gems: Awesome Ombre Sandals

Happy Summer bonus time! Instead of just one Goodwill Gems this week, we’re giving you two – and we’re head over heels about both of them. From Monday’s piece on neon sneaks to today’s great find on sandals, we hope you enjoy our Lauren’s fancy footwork thrifting her favs at her local Goodwill. So, without any further walk-about, here’s this week’s second (!) Goodwill Gem: Awesome Ombre Sandals.

Though you may be more used to seeing it in the latest celeb hairdos, ombre is in, and the varying shades of the straps on these lovely sandals is a subtle and stylish way to work it into your wardrobe rather than (or maybe in addition to) your hairstyle.
Though you may be more used to seeing it in the latest celeb hairdos, ombre is in, and the varying shades of the straps on these lovely sandals is a subtle and stylish way to work it into your wardrobe rather than (or maybe in addition to) your hairstyle.

Footwear is practically a fetish with me. I love a good pair of shoes, especially a fabulous pair of open-toed summer sandals. Sadly, wonderfully wearable, comfortable, and still-stylish shoes are not so easy for a lady to find, so I’ll never hesitate to pick up a pair I adore when I’m lucky enough to find one.

And that’s why I really felt like I hit the jackpot this weekend when scouring my local Goodwill for some spotlight-worthy new gems.

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GoodwillNyNj’s Weekend Window Sales & Independence Day Celebration!

Happy Holiday Weekend! Whether you’re celebrating this afternoon, tomorrow or well into the weekend, we’ve got a full fireworks of fashion fun for you in the days ahead. Take a look at this week’s GoodwillNyNj Window Sales along with our special Independence Day Savings!:

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THURSDAY, JULY 4th:

  • All Goodwill Stores (excepting the Van Dam Outlet)Goodwill celebrates America with an Independence Day sale. Come on by Thursday, July 4, and enjoy 35%-off storewide.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5th:

  • The Chelsea Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their transaction is complete, window sale shoppers must leave the store until it opens to everyone at 10. You’ll find the Goodwill Chelsea Store at 103 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 (646-638-1725).
  • The Astoria Steinway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. Offered every Friday. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418).

SATURDAY, JULY 6th:

  • The Massapequa Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual window item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public. You’ll find the Massapequa Goodwill at 814 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 (516-795-0237).
  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:45 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens to the general public at 9:30. You’ll find the Bellmore Goodwill at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).

And don’t forget!:

Goodwill Store Hours for the week of Independence Day

  • Monday, July 1st – Wednesday, July 3rd: Usual Store Hours
  • Thursday, July 4th:
    • All Stores (Except the Van Dam Outlet): Open 10am to 7pm
    • The Van Dam Outlet: Open 11am to 6pm
  • Friday, July 5th – Sunday, July 7th: Usual Store Hours

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all. Hope to see you soon, Goodwill fans!

P.S. In case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

GoodwillNyNj’s Weekend Window Sales: June 21-23

Looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend! Here’s the GoodwillNyNj Window Sales forecast to help you plan it right:

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21st:

  • The Massapequa Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual window item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public. You’ll find the Massapequa Goodwill at 814 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 (516-795-0237).

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd:

  • The Goodwill Village Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Goodwill Village Boutique at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The East Harlem Third Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The store admits three customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is available to all. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 9:30 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Goodwill at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Springfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Springfield Goodwill at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973-912-0156).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd:

  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:45 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens to the general public at 9:30. You’ll find the Bellmore Goodwill at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).

And don’t forget – as of TODAY, June 20th – the Goodwill Uptown Boutique is officially open! For all the info on the newest place to get designer finds for less, check out our recent post:
Introducing GoodwillNyNj’s Uptown Manhattan Boutique.”

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all. Hope to see you soon, Goodwill fans!

P.S. In case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.