5 Thrifting Tips from a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon


Maria

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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@PlanetBrandee LIVE from Fashion Week in NYC 2015 PART 1

Don’t have a #NYFW pass? No worries, here are some tips

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 4.26.03 PMAnother year, another Fashion Week! From runways filled with yoga teachers to the zany backstage antics, I’m strapped into the rocket pack that is #NYFW. I hope you’ve kept your best outfits at the ready for this awesome combination of big brands and street style moments.

So jump on board the crazy train with me and let’s get into this new 2-part @PlanetBrandee series on Fashion Week here in New York City!

According to a 2012 analysis by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, CFDA reports some comprehensive stats: “New York Fashion Week’s yearly economic impact includes about $547 million in direct visitor spending. For a little relevance, CFDA says “that’s more than the 2014 Super Bowl, the New York City Marathon and the two-week U.S. Open tennis tournament. Over 900 fashion companies have their headquarters in New York City. Of the 180,000 jobs here, 16,000 are in manufacturing and growing. In total, the New York industry fashion pays about $11 billion in wages, generating nearly $2 billion in tax revenue each year.” And a lot of that highlights the fact that this city is a driving epicenter for this spectacular event.

“New York leads the way for the American fashion industry,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “It is the major engine behind the $350 billion apparel Industry that employs 4 million workers, which is 3 million more than the car manufacturers – – and more than the U.S. video game industry, fast food industry, and beverage industry.” Incredible stats that not only show the work here has long term impact, but also is a source for local communities as well.

With a growing 250,000+ people attending Fashion Week in New York City on the average, pumping over millions of dollars into the local economy with hotels, fabulous parties and the sheer model mania that takes over the city in a storm of couture fever, it can be overwhelming. But fear not, here we have some ah, more budgeted ideas for street style and how to show up with your A-game even if you don’t have a backstage pass like yours truly!

One of the first places we’ll be heading is to the ultra fun Refinery 29 destination in Brooklyn! Set in a Brooklyn warehouse, their “creation spans across (you guessed it) 29 individual rooms, each curated by a hand-picked selection of our favorite partners and artists. According to R29 be sure to “look out for a polka-dotted confetti tornado celebrating Minnie Mouse, an ode to literary heroines created with Nordstrom Rack, an Old Navy DIY denim workshop, a PUMA and SIX:02 stop-motion projection project, and a mysterious “cabinet of curiosities” made with Fossil.” All of which is open to any fashionista who braces those Jeffrey Campbell wedges with a Brooklyn subway ride.

And also, feel free to literally stand the streets outside the event itself and take in the insanity that is the creative style explosion! From sequins to Dolce inspired tiaras, it’s a hot, beautiful mess worth Instagramming like a champ.

So where will you go? And more importantly, what Goodwill gem will you wear?! Whether it’s the Lauren Conrad obsessed, or the Marc Jacobs sequins madness from this week, get your grind on and join me next week as I continue this 2 part NYFW special! Love the buzzword of #NYFW? Have a funny NYFW? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 7/24-25

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 7/24-25

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 15 window sales planned at our stores this weekend

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

Friday, July 24

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 25

  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 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.

 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

GUEST BLOGGER SHAUNYA: Are you in a summer style rut?

At the beginning of Summer I get all excited about my maxi dresses, the gingham, eyelet and linen, and my shorts; oh I love a good pair of shorts. Summer is shorter than a pair of daisy dukes and winter is long, brutal, and never ending in New York. So enjoying warm weather fashion can conjure nostalgia of previous warm and steamy nights. I’m not being provocative, due to humidity and conservation of energy, my apartment is usually warm and steamy.

Every year, right around Memorial Day, I open up my vaults and purge my spring and summer fashions and start to create lovable outfits and reminisce of stylish summer nights.  All goes well and I let those long days take over. Then right around mid-July, I get hit with a summer style rut.

It hits you suddenly, but you knew it was inevitable. You’ve done laundry weekly, you realized some things were either too casual or to dressy. Then the humidity hits and no matter what you wear, by end of day you come off as a sweaty drenched walking towel.  You walk down the street and see all the cute outfits, and start to feel like your striped maxi from three seasons ago just isn’t cutting it.  It’s not that you are flawed or that your clothes suck, it’s more that you are seeing more than you want.

When you pound the pavement in this concrete jungle, you see so many stylish people. Naturally, you get street style envy. Suddenly, that floral print shirt you hugged in May looks like a rather sad bouquet that hasn’t been watered. Your dark denim doesn’t compare to the cool ripped jeans that girl wears on the L train.

So what’s a person in a style rut to do? Do you run and get every trend you see? That will leave you bankrupt and style corrupt, YES, style corrupt. Just because you like a trend so much, it doesn’t mean it is for you. I appreciate the independent style some people sport. Do we have to jump on every stylish trend we see? No.

There is a solution for those stuck in a style rut: Thrift for your trend. It will make your pockets happy and your insatiable style you quest.

My now favorite Goodwill located on the Upper East Side takes care of all of my style spazz outs. I will pop in on a quest for leather culottes because my favorite magazine told me to get them. Gingham print dresses that channel my inner picnic table, I may run across but deep down, I know I’ll locate something, fun and frugal and will help my style drought and keep my wallet not on empty.

Styleruts hit us in January and July, that’s when the stores start putting new merchandise on the floor, retailers know what they are doing. Don’t fall fully prey to the surge of Christmas in July fashion traps, stay calm, go thrift or reinvent your already overflowing wardrobe. Styleruts are normal for stylish people.

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

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

“Goodwill on the Street” This Sunday!

UPCOMING STREET FAIR

The next Goodwill on the Street will take place Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Amsterdam Avenue Fair – Amsterdam Avenue from 96th St. to 106th St.

To learn in what upcoming street fair you can find Goodwill on the Street, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter #GoodwillontheStreet

WINDOW SALES

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the eight window sales planned at our stores this weekend.

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

SALE HOURS AND DATES

Friday, July 17

  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 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, July 18

  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Wappingers Falls – starts 8 a.m.

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

For store locations, visit our website at here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

Goodwill to Close Three Stores

Effective immediately, two Goodwill NY-NJ stores in Long Island and another in Brooklyn will close to the public. But you need not worry. We close some stores as we seek better locations to inaugurate others that will improve your thrift shopping experience! We’ll keep you posted on an opening this summer at a prime New York City location.

For now, here are the details on the current closings:

The Fulton Street Goodwill store in Brooklyn is now closed for sales, but it will accept donations through Sunday, June 28.

The Centereach Goodwill store in Suffolk County in Long Island is now closed for sales, but will still accept donations. We are contemplating to keep part of the store as an attended donation center where you may drop off the clothing and household items you no longer need nor use. Stay tuned for more details!

The East Northport Goodwill store also in Suffolk County is temporarily closed due to renovation. Staff will continue to accept donation during store hours.

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

Sashay Into Summer Travel Season

It Suddenly feels like summer is almost here! Green leaves and grass are all around us and flowers are bursting into bloom—the cold weather feels (finally) officially behind us, and that means that summer, with its longer, warmer days and vacation time are just around the corner.

And to prepare for a season full of both longer treks and weekend trips to more relaxing locals outside the big city, I’ve started the hunt for the perfect carryall bag. It’s a tall order, but luckily, at my local Goodwill thrift, I recently came across a bag that’s just right for all of my summer traveling needs.

This bag is ideal because it’s large enough to hold plenty of clothes, accessories, and even some extra shoes—easily enough space for a week’s worth of supplies—but because this piece’s style makes it easy to throw right over a shoulder and bolt out the door, it would also be a great bag for a weekend getaway (plus, leave a little extra room for souvenirs and gifts to take back home). The rich, cognac-colored faux leather exterior looks chic without being too expensive, and it’s durable—it will hold up well to being tossed around on buses, trains, or planes without getting easily scuffed or damaged. The styling looks something like an old-fashioned satchel, and the interior has both a large main compartment and a few smaller pockets around the sides, making it easy to organize everything—it’s classic and practical and also totally fashionable (and you all know how much I love that combination).

Get ready for summer road trips and spontaneous weekend getaways by selecting the perfect travel bag right now—something like this gorgeous, classically styled satchel with plenty of room for all of your go-to travel gear.
Get ready for summer road trips and spontaneous weekend getaways by selecting the perfect travel bag right now—something like this gorgeous, classically styled satchel with plenty of room for all of your go-to travel gear.

An easy-going ensemble. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable when they travel, but I also don’t want to show up to a new destination looking like I’ve just rolled out of bed. So, comfy and chic travel wear is a must, but certainly not the easiest kind of outfit to throw together. That’s why I almost always go for one of two looks—in the winter, it’s cozy fleece leggings topped with a longish tunic or sweater and my favorite pair of boots. But for summer travel, I often choose a long, flowing dress, like the one pictured here. Going with a maxi length dress means this outfit is incredibly comfortable and will keep me cool, no matter where I’m traveling; shorter dresses can be difficult to deal with when you’re toting luggage, backpacks, etc (no one wants to be constantly shifting around and tugging at a dress to keep it properly in place). But a longer length means that worry is pretty much nonexistent, and while the vibrant tropical print definitely gives this dress a relaxed, laid-back feel, it’s still chic and feminine enough to look appropriate, no matter what part of the world I’m arriving into.

For an easy, comfortable, and still-sophisticated travel ensemble, choose a flowing, airy maxi dress, a favorite pair of sandals, and tote that just won’t quit, like the one spotted this week at my local Goodwill shop.
For an easy, comfortable, and still-sophisticated travel ensemble, choose a flowing, airy maxi dress, a favorite pair of sandals, and tote that just won’t quit, like the one spotted this week at my local Goodwill shop.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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.

 

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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

LOCATION SALE HOURS AND DATES

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.

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

@PlanetBrandee SUMMER POP QUIZ!

“Hint: This piece of clothing will keep you cool and comfortable this summer”

I’m back in New York City, the humidity is high, and somehow weather went from Octoberesque Spring chill to full on hail Mary HOT August temps! Is there even a remote chance of normal weather in New York City anymore?

With my AC on blast, I decided it’s time we have another POP QUIZ!

What do the author Nicole Richie, Actors Mary Kate, Rihanna and Angelina Jolie ALL have in common? Hint: It’s a universally flattering and all natural solution to riding the subway and being sweaty gross sad. Give up? It’s easy and breezy sundresses!

But before we rally a cry of “I don’t look good in floral, my arms are too fat for that” or the well known excuse “I lost my razor in the snowpacalypse of 2015.” Let’s take a quick look at the icons and inspirations leading women into their own blowy, gauzy realm of summertime fashion:

pic 2 sundressIcon #1 Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie may very well be the mother of all sundresses, particularly the gauzy maxi sect. She’s sported these straight through the Paris Hilton TV show days, all the way into motherhood and looked effortlessly comfy the whole time. It helps she’s incredibly petite, but as you’ll see, it’s not just the waif look that love the sundress aesthetic!

sundress pic 3Icon #2 Jill Scott

Oh yeah, you thought this was a boring, traditional recap? Not so my fashion loving friends. Another contender who rocks tribal prints on blousy sundresses with a new twist is the incredibly talented Miss Jill Scott! Headwraps make this look pop, and there are some fabulous ones to be found at the women empowering Fanm Djanm, someone I religiously follow on Instagram for colorful, strong inspiration. Expect to be DAZZLED by the crossover fashion eye candy.

pic 1 sundressIcon #3 Jessica Simpson

Ok, so I take it back, we WILL stay a little on the tradish’ side, but frankly, this girl lives in cowboy boots and sundresses, so it’s one of those things you HAVE to nod at when it comes to the norm. Rocking floral prints, cowboy hats and boots is a given when you’re ol’ school blonde ambition type. If you can’t hack the female warrior Turk gear, play it safe with leather lace ups and wavy, beach winded hair.

I’m off to a new adventure this weekend, and hope to see you rocking your own look, in a unique style too! So the next time you’re perusing the racks at Goodwill, take a minute and head to the dress section, you may very well find your inner Coachella or Mad Max summer babe waiting for you! Think you look better than Jessica? Rocking floral and combat boots in public? Stomping out a look we haven’t seen yet? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!! 

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 5/29-30

695_zpsc11abf6bWe 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

LOCATION SALE HOURS AND DATES

Friday, May 29

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8:00 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 30

  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Centereach – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8:00 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Fulton, Brooklyn – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkama – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st – starts 8 a.m.