Four Reasons Why Thrifting Rocks


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Shaunya Hartley, VintageShaun

A Good Look Contributor


 

149393651In a recent television segment I did for CT Style, a lifestyle show, we spoke about using thrift stores to revitalize our wardrobes. Yes, thrift stores can be your source for great items both day and night wear. We have discussed this topic quite often, but what exactly makes a thrift store better than a traditional retailer?

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Thrift stores are for the financially thrifty. Whether you have a fixed income or just a penny pincher, shopping at thrift stores are great ways to save money within all budgets.

Variety

Rarely can you go to your local mall and find, furniture, an evening gown, vintage and contemporary within the same location. The variety in a thrift store is what makes it an urban adventure.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Textiles are huge pollutants to air, land and water. When we buy new clothes rather than previously owned clothing, we create a larger carbon foot print. In addition to the plights to the environment, lots of clothing is made in sweatshops abroad with extreme conditions. By upcycling and shopping at thrift stores, we no longer participate in the socially irresponsible spending habits of clothing manufacturers.

Your Money Goes to a Great Cause

Purchases at your local Goodwill help to empower individuals with disabilities to become active in the labor force. You can empower individuals with the strength of non-disabled people and save taxes, helping yourself by increasing resources in your community. When was the last time you knew that your purchase went to a good cause?

My segment dealt with fashion and fun but as I have come to truly understand the fashion industry and the thrifting world, I try to promote thrifting over traditional consumerism. I want my purchases to have a purpose.

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

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

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5 Thrifting Tips from a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon


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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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20 Signs You’re a Thrift Shopper

You might be a thrifter if…


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JasmineSkyy Forcer

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


 

Let’s face it! Thrifting is more than a habit, it’s a lifestyle. One that’s forged with fire and earned through grit. We live for the killer find. Not sure if you’re one of us? Read on below:

  1. You know all the different color tag days at your local Goodwillgiphy (3)
  2. You’ve signed up for rewards program
  3. You have a swap party with your friends every other month
  4. You can tell the value of a dress by looking at the hemgiphy (5)
  5. You manage to find 8 wearable pieces in under an hour
  6. You use the hashtags #retro #vintage #secondhandfirst on all your Instagram postssource
  7. You’ve mastered “Donate. Keep. Toss.”
  8. Your husband knows that when you say need “me time” that means you’re going thriftinggiphy.gif
  9. You and you local Goodwill team are on a last name basisgiphy (2).gif
  10. You have a reusable bag that says “Thriftaholic”
  11. Your friends hate you because your shopping expenses are a fraction of theirs
  12. You participate in thrift challenges on Instagram
  13. You love telling people how much you spent on your new-to-you BCBG dresssource (1).gif
  14. “Thrift til You Drop” has come a mantra in your house
  15. “Let me guess, you thrifted that?” has become the theme song of your life
  16. At least 3 pieces of furniture in your house are thrifted
  17. You can save for an international vacation with all the money you saved on shoes
  18. Your tailor knows you by name giphy (6)
  19. If you bring a gift, it’s got to be thrift
  20. People always come to you for thrifting advice

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

WINDOW SALES THIS WEEKEND 10/1

Don’t Miss Out on This Weekend’s Fabulous Window Sale!

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Please stop by our participating location below to take part in our window sale this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for Saturday 10/1.

Window Sale General Rules:

o    Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve

o    Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public

o    Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details

o    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

o    Check for specific store rules

 

SALE HOURS AND DATES

Stuyvesant, 2nd Avenue Saturday 10/1

  • Ticket time: 8:30am
  • Start time: 9:00am

 

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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

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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?

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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!

 

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.

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