Celebrities Who Thrift

Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


We’ve all seen and have spent time looking at articles about celebrities doing things. They’re going grocery shopping, taking the bus, or walking their dog. However, if you look more closely at some of those pictures, you’ll notice that they’re doing way more than everyday mundane activities. If you take a second look, you’ll see that that your favorite celebrities are helping save the environment… through fashion. Check out which of your favorite stars are fellow thrifters!

  1. Zooey Deschanel

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The New Girl likes vintage clothes. The actress, singer, songwriter, chooses secondhand. In an interview with InStyle, Zoey Deschanel recalls, “I didn’t have a lot of money, so I got things for, like $2, $3, and made myself look as good as I could. Limitations make you more creative.”  Thrifting allows you to create a unique look without spending a pretty penny.

  1. Lorde

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The New Zealand native is a fellow thrifter! Lorde’s unique voice has a unique look to match, which she sometimes finds while thrifting. A unique look is the one thing you’re always guaranteed to find at a thrift shop.

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker

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Not sure if you’re a Miranda, Carrie, Samantha, or Charlotte? Well if you’re a thrifter, you’re definitely a Carrie, or actually SJP. The fashion icon is also sometimes a sustainable fashion icon. The actress revealed that she adopted some of her style by visiting thrift stores before her Sex and the City days.

  1. Anne Hathaway

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The Princess of Genovia and Miranda Priestly’s assistant are into sustainable fashion. The multitalented actress has been seen in frocks bought from flea markets.

  1. Eva Mendes

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The talented actress wore a $6 dress from Goodwill to her first red carpet premiere in 2001 for The Others. She proves that a great look can be achieved without compromising the environment or your wallet.

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!


How Thrifting and $20 Can Resurrect a Dying Wardrobe


Shaunya Hartley, VintageShaun

A Good Look Contributor




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Iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg is quoted as saying “so when your eyes are swollen and you are bloated and you have your period, and you don’t know what to wear, you open your closet and you go for your friend.” And like old friends, your closet should be a retrospect of good times. But sometimes we can grow tired of our closet and we look to purge, which isn’t a bad thing but sometimes we just need to reconnect and add a little spice to our closet of old friends. One of the best ways I’ve found to add life to my wardrobe without really breaking the bank is to head to my favorite thrift store and look for pieces to resurrect my wardrobe.

When you head to that thrift store, hit the accessories section. Narrow it down to jewelry, scarves and belts. Those three can kick up any and everything, a white button down, a little black dress or your favorite coat. With jewelry go for necklaces and brooches. For scarves, go for those you can wrap around your head or neck and with belts think not only ones to  place in  your pants loops but one that can be thrown over a coat a dress or a jacket. 

Now imagine taking a sweater you’ve had for ages, put that chunky necklace on top and see how quickly it will smile back at you. Pull out that blazer that you always wear to interviews; place a brooch on it once you land your dream job. That handbag that is sturdy and faithful, tie that graphic scarf on the handle, pull that go to little black dress out and cinch your waist with a belt.  Here’s another tip, cap your budget at $20, therefore you can really narrow down what you need and think about what you have at home. A big budget is great but a cap makes you more creative and more resourceful.

Think of your thrift store as a place to go for new friends and once you find some items introduce them to your old friends back in your closet at home and wear them like a well-connected networking party. 

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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20 Signs You’re a Thrift Shopper

You might be a thrifter if…


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!

Silk Transition w/@StylingStingy

By Al Green, stylingstingy.com

In my last post, I presented you guys with a lovely satin piece that I found at my local Goodwill. This go around, I found a silk two piece that I’m completely in love with! I feel as though two pieces are my go-to look, mainly because you have a complete outfit in a matter of seconds! You have a top and you also have a bottom, so there’s no need to look for anything else.

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Crafting as a Form of Healing: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

Last week, I unexpectedly fell in love with making tassels. They’re so easy to make – all you need is yarn, a thick, rectangular piece of something to wrap the yarn around, an embroidery needle and scissors. They look so charming on so many things: pillows, keychains and, in my case, apartment walls.

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Goodwill Gems – High-Fashion Summer Footwear

It’s somehow almost July. It still feels like summer has just started—and also like we’re barreling toward the end of it (and sunshine and vacation) way too quickly. So now is the time to really make the most of the season. When you have a beautiful day off but, for whatever crazy reason, aren’t headed to the beach, then it’s time to dress in fun, funky, comfy, and colorful clothes that just scream summer.

But how do you dress your feet when you’ve got on a light, airy, lovely summer ensemble that’s neither super dressy nor totally casual, but falls somewhere in between? Do yourself a favor and skip the flip-flops. Instead, go for some gorgeous grown-up shoes that will make any semi-casual and cute summer outfit look instantly classier. This week’s amazing Goodwill find is a pair of pretty peep toes that’s great for dressing up absolutely any summer outfit—and also perfect for transition from summer into fall (but let’s not think about that too much now). The simple chic styling, classic leather upper, and black-and-grey two-tone color combo is so chic, I can guarantee you’ll get compliments on them as soon as you step out the door. The thick heel is comfier than a stiletto—so you can actually walk around and enjoy your nice summer day in them—and the very practical ankle strap will keep them firmly in place

Just can’t decide what shoes to wear with all your favorite summer wardrobe pieces? Ditch the cheap sandals and pop on these stunning peep-toed heels instead!

No wrong options. These classic, classy heels are full of style, but they’re also in a pretty neutral color palette, so they’re easy to pair with all of summer’s bright colors—whether you like loud, in-your-face neon tones or softer, subtler pastels, these shoes will absolutely stunning alongside your favorite pieces. Here, I’ve chosen a top with some of those really vibrant neon colors, but paired them with a loose black pant, so the whole ensemble doesn’t come off looking brash.  These shoes—with their touch of black underneath but slightly lighter top leather layer—will stand out a bit from the black pant, but won’t fight with the lively neon hues in the top.

There’s no better finishing touch for a fantastically light, loose, fun summer outfit than a stunning pair of high-heeled shoes that show off just enough skin.
There’s no better-finishing touch for a fantastically light, loose, fun summer outfit than a stunning pair of high-heeled shoes that show off just enough skin.

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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@PlanetBrandee LIVE from a NYC Rain Delay! 

Look Stylish Even on a Rainy Day

So this blog was supposed to be about fun in the sun, cheerful tribal prints on harem pants and fantastic mock tails off in the sand off Coney Island. But sadly, we have a BIG RAIN DELAY! See how I feel about that here. In the meantime, I’ve decided to swaddle up in my waders and give you some advice on staying both stylish AND dry on days like today.

Get those BOOTS going on!
Whether it’s Hunters like the ones Liv Tyler sports here, or a pair of Crocs, galoshes are key. Yes, I know, I KNOW. The old men’s rubber shoes, oh what a faux pas, we can’t! But believe me, when you’re trekking Madison Avenue in your coveted Frye boots and take a tumble down a 2 foot pothole, that tune changes pretty quick! So search through the racks at Goodwill and see what you can find. I spotted a pair of kid’s Hunter Boots in my size at the Chelsea Goodwill and they were more than 70% cheaper than buying new. Do the math, it’s solid!

Pack yourself a light coat/sweater and layer
Nobody wants to be sweaty when huffing it to work, but nobody wants to freeze on a subway car that for some insane reason STILL has AC on when it’s 50 degrees outside! (Are you listening to me MTA? Conserve energy!). So be sure to pack in your bag, a light cardigan, preferably breathable cashmere or linen. Both are great travel pieces that let you breathe while navigating a city downpour without the weight of the almost mandatory NYC trench coat. Bonus points if it has a strong pop of cheerful color!

Lastly, Hatter UP!
Whether it’s knit or knot, grab a cap on your way out the door. Rain means humidity, humidity means insane hair. Especially if you’re curly like I am. So do NOT forget, grab that cap! I found some sweet and soft old school caps at the 72nd Street Goodwill store months ago and swear by them now, even when it’s “summer”.

So get your umbrella and head outside, this time warm and cozy! Drenched in a selfie? Rained out of yoga? Wringing 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 next time, get those umbrellas pointed skyward and see you on the streets!!


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@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:

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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!

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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.

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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!! 


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


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.

Are You Giving Shade?

Whether you call them shades, stunnas or hater-blockers, sunglasses are a must-have summer accessory. Sunglasses give a cool, posh and glamorous factor to whoever wears them, from little kids, celebrities to grandmas. Sunglasses give you an air of mystery an aloofness that is irreplaceable.

Sunglasses are one of the most democratic accessories you can purchase as they have both a superficial and practical use. Your favorite thrift store sells a cornucopia of sunglasses, from vintage to contemporary. They allow you to time-travel within various decades and style icons to match your mood as well as face. There have been notable celebrities who wear sunglasses, below are some of the most iconic.

Jackie Onassis
The former first lady was huge on maintaining her privacy but at the same time, she created the East Coast poshness and the lady who lunches but wants to stay low-key about how outings. Known for her oversized frames, that actually brought more attention than drew away from., Jackie Onassis knew all about blocking the paparazzi out.
John Lennon
Imagine a world without the iconic images of the late great John Lennon in his round metal frames, that made the former Beatle a stylized version of himself. The image of those hippie expressive frames still live on.
Anna Wintour
The Devil Wears Shades because this fashionista never takes her shades off. The Vogue editrix uses shades as a form of emotional armor as well as an accessory. Whatever her personal choice she looks great.

Benny and the Jets singer was all about the over the top glammed out shades that were part of a costume. If you are as bold and brave as Sir John, go for it and get your glam on.