5 Thrifting Tips from a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon


Maria, Little Tree Vintage

A Good Look Contributor



Remember GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Maria from Little Tree Vintage? Well, lucky us: she’s back at A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj with thrifting tips to help make your secondhand closet as bedazzled with new-to-you flare as her own. Take a look!:

Hi everyone, I am Maria from Little Tree Vintage and I am so happy to be sharing some of my thrifting tips with you guys today. If you have any other tips, feel free to leave a comment so I can read what you guys think!

1. Be Patient

You’re going to walk in and chances are there will be a MILLION things to look through. You have to have the patience to look through the racks, and truly take your time, or else you might miss something. If you have the time, space out a few hours and you can really get some quality thrifting in.

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Instagram Fashion Inspiration of the Week

This past week you all have been giving us super thrift envy. From classic fall vibes to recycled 90s minimalist, let’s explore some of our favorite looks from Instagram this week.

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Easy Fall Wardrobe Transitioning Tips with TheFabJunkie

Easy Fall Wardrobe Transitioning Tips



Ok, so it’s officially fall.


I couldn’t wait to break out this fluffy sweater I thrifted while visiting Buffalo. Cozy sweaters are the best for crisp fall days that move into cold nights. What’s the most fun about this season is the fact that you can layer lightly without feeling like a bundled up snowman (yes, those days are near but we won’t really speak about that yet). I wanted to share some of my easy pro-tips for transitioning outfits this fall. We sometimes don’t know what to wear when we get up in the morning. The temps are low but can get warmer later in the day. THAT can get annoying, especially if you decided to wear a heavy sweater. The solution to your troubles is LAYERING. Layering is not only fashionable but it can be extremely functional. Did I mention you should layer?




Pro Tip 1: Wear lighter layers for easy removal. You don’t want to bulk up. It’s not necessary right now. Enjoy the weather and think light layers. So if you’re still loving that lacey tank from this summer- keep it in rotation but pair it with a cardigan for colder mornings.


Pro Tip 2: Make sure the pieces work together and separately. Think, “If I remove my sweater or jacket, will this outfit still make sense?”


Pro Tip 3: Accessorize. I always add this to any styling post. Fall colors can be a bit drab sometimes. Some colors can be rich but if you find yourself sticking to neutrals, jazz it up with something embellished. Throw an oversized hat on and it will take any outfit to the next level.


My final tip is think outside the box and bend some of those unwritten fashion rules. Trust me, it’s fun! Until next time!



Suma Kaul is a NYC-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger from TheFabJunkie.com. She loves thrifting and making something old new again. 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!


A Touch of Pink with TheFabJunkie

Pink Is Always A Good Idea

Hey Loves!
Thrifting ain’t easy. Just kidding, it’s not hard at all. I consider myself a master of thrift. I love walking around my favorite Goodwill store and scanning for gems.  I was lucky to find a MAJOR deal when I was hanging out at the Goodwill Store on 14th street awhile back. I wasn’t expecting to grab anything but I found the cutest pair of sneakers and they were the perfect price. What’s the perfect price you ask? Anything under $10. When you find a deal for under 10 bucks, how do you talk yourself out of it? I sure as heck can’t talk my brain out of it. I found the sneakers and yes they were a little worn in and yea they had a few marks on them but boy oh boy was I in love with deal. That’s what’s so great about thrift stores, you can’t go wrong with the prices.
It was the middle of August so I knew I would get a few summer days out of them. What I love about the sneakers is they are the perfect shade of pink. This week is calling for the end of summer, I know, super sad- But what better way to say bye then wearing my favorite pair of cut-offs and the perfect pair of $6 sneaks? SO before I take my first sip of those infamous pumpkin spice lattes, I want to enjoy the closing of those sweet summer days with my favorite thing, denim cut-offs and sneakers. These sneakers are really easy to style and comfy. Check out my look.


Suma Kaul is a NYC-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger from TheFabJunkie.com. She loves thrifting and making something old new again. 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Warm Things: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

With autumnal chill coming, it’s important to get snuggle-ready. For me, any days with weather under 70 degrees is a test of survival. I really, really don’t like being cold. Shawls, scarves, and hats are my go-to companions, there to reassure my goose bumps and chattering teeth that everything will be OK.

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Thrifted Tunes: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

Thrifted Tunes


I’m a major music lover – always have been, always will. There doesn’t seem to be a genre that I haven’t fallen in love with some aspect of. Country, rock, hip hop, dance, gospel: There’s a place for it all on my playlist.

Throughout the years, I’ve found thrift stores to be go-to places for great music, and have discovered sounds I may not have heard otherwise. Most of my thrifted music is on CDs, but I have a vintage record player that needs repair. I’d love to make good use of that with thrifted 45s at some point, too.

When looking for great music at a thrift store, I’ve got two key tips:

1). Always open up CD cases to check for scratches, or pull a record out of its sleeve, before you make the buy. Sometimes, you’ll discover that a CD is missing altogether, or the wrong CD is in the case. Double-checking these things ensures that your purchase is in good shape for the listening experience you’re hoping for.

2). Judge things by their cover. When it comes to music you’re unfamiliar with, this is OK. Don’t limit yourself to the names you know. Instead, think about what sonic landscapes could be waiting for you inside an intriguing, mysterious album cover. They often set an appropriate scene for great tunes.

Most of the CDs I’ve purchased at thrift stores were less than two dollars, but good music lasts a lifetime. So tell me: What tunes have you discovered at your nearest Goodwill?


David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!


5 Fashion Tips for My Younger Self

It’s become quite trendy to write letters to your younger self that reassure young, insecure you that it gets better in the future.

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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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@PlanetBrandee STAY Golden Part II

@PlanetBrandee STAY Golden Part II

A 2 Part Holiday Thrifting Series LIVE from the streets of New York City!

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Welcome to Part 2 of this deliciously gilded holiday special on staying golden. We want to get our vintage and up-cycle love on this holiday season. So let’s take a look at the best ways to work this perfect trend into your wardrobe and off of our racks.

Sequins and Gems for DAYS

First off, it’s imperative that you understand the love of gem sweaters so many have here in NYC. If you can’t, I encourage you to watch Leslie and the Lys right NOW. In fact, here’s the link to the stellar video that launched a nation of thrifters into a gem sweater tizzy back in the day. PLUS, nothing says “I’m winning your lame ugly sweater competition” like a GIANT GEM SWEATER! Keep in mind, if you’re travelling through Harlem and past the 72nd Street Goodwill stores, we found TONS of amazing gemmed and bedazzled items there. All for under $14.99. Oh yeah. That happened! Now we just need to wear them to the Gem Sweater Museum. Oh, there’s no such thing? Let me show you the magic right here:

Falalalalaaaa la SPARKLES!

Remember when I traveled to Las Vegas and found myself knee deep in show girl inspired feathery glitter goodness? (Recap here) well if not, here’s a show stopping photo that gets you revved up in modern shiny gold style! From flowy silk tulle (a little pricey) to low brow 80’s recycled prom pieces, you can score some fun items to deconstruct and make your own. I started with this inspiration below and made an epaulet from an old shoulder piece we found on a less than fashion forward piece in the (shocking!) Men’s section this past weekend. Make this gold trend your holiday goal, add some Urban Decay to the eyelids, or a little glittery body powder and embrace the trophy appeal of looking fabulous under the subway lights!

Look at those gem sweaters! Are you a Junior Gem lover? Send us your pics and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets for the last blog of 2015 – can you BELIEVE IT?! Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram  @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

WINDOW SALES SIZZLE June 5th and 6th

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 11 window sales planned at our stores this weekend.
Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.




Window Sale General 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


Friday, June 5

  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 6

  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fulton, Brooklyn – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Jersey City – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

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