Be Our Valentine and Win a $25 Gift Card

Good Look Contest
Are you ready for Valentine’s Day guys?

Whether you plan on heading out to a bar, dinner or club looking your best will definitely elevate the evening. We want to see what you plan on wearing! Tie? Vest? Sneakers? Share the look and you could win a $25 Goodwill gift card! Don’t forget your female counterparts, they are eligible to enter also. Who knows – maybe some sparks will be made on our contest page! Below are some easy to put together suggestions.

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Sounds good? This is how to enter:

Facebook:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page

Twitter and Instagram:
Post your picture with #GoodwillGoodLook and you will be automatically entered.

Entry with the most likes on our Facebook contest page wins (so if you post on Twitter or Instagram urge your buddies to vote on the contest page). Winner will be announced 2/2715.

May the best selfie win.

Good luck!

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Melt Your Valentine’s Heart Tonight

Have you lost count of how many inches of snow we’ve had here in Binghamton this winter? So have I! But I’m not going to let the frigid weather dampen my very special day. You shouldn’t either. Here are a few suggestions:

Cyber Cafe

Where can you find a warm and inviting place to hangout in the cold and snowy Binghamton, NY area? Well, the Cyber Café West, a live music joint, has one of the finest beer selections available. This is just the beginning … there is also bottled beer, wine, coffee and tea. On top of that, the food here is on par with the taste of Binghamton residents, and that is to say, it’s awesome! My mouth waters just thinking of the hot & cold wraps, grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers, salads, snacks and sides. Don’t fret if you follow a vegan diet though. The café serves hummus wraps, veggie wraps, Greek salad wraps, gourmet Portobello wraps and more. Especially tonight, Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget dessert!

Cyber Cafe Exterior

The live music here is off the hook. Groups like Milkweed, Monkeys Typing and others will keep you moving all night. Check out their karaoke, team trivia and open mic nights. On Valentines Day, The Jeff Love Band, an 11-piece funk/soul band, will play 60s, 70s and 80s music.

So spend an awesome night out with that special someone who has stolen your heart. Dress the part and remember stay bundled up and warm. Look the part but be frugal. Remember that you may find your favorite brand names at Goodwill without breaking the bank. And don’t forget that box of chocolates either.

Cyber Café West: 176 Main Street, Binghamton, NY

Claudia Miller works as the Assistant Manager of the Binghamton Goodwill store in New York’s Broome County since September 2013. She has written for financial blogs and loves helping customers choose the clothing that will look best on them.

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3 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas You Can Do At Home

Valentine Date Night

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to cost a lot either. Here are three romantic and affordable date night ideas that you can create in the privacy of your own home.

1. Indoor Picnic

indoor picnicBring an outdoor activity inside by putting together a romantic dinner and serve it up picnic style! Make sure the meal is something that can be enjoyed while sitting on the floor and holding the plate in your hand. Don’t forget to have candles and some nice music playing in the background to set the mood.

2. Enjoy A Comedy Show

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Netflix has a great selection of stand up comedy shows from a wide variety of comedians available that you can stream right on your laptop or TV. If you don’t have a Netflix account you can sign up for their Free 7 Day Trial. You and your date can enjoy all the laughs without the hefty price tag and mandatory drink minimums.

3. Painting And Wine Date

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This is a great way to spark some creativity and have a lot of fun too! Your local arts and crafts store should offer affordable paints and brushes so you can stock up on supplies without breaking the bank. Get snacks like pretzels, crackers, cheese or fruit to enjoy with your wine and have newspaper to lay out and cover your table in case of paint spills. At the end of the night you could both gift each other your finished paintings!

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

xo
Nicole

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

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The Goodwill Insider: Holidays – Donating and Being Grateful for What We’ve Got

black pashmina drapped on mannequinA black pashmina. The woman had it in her hands along with some trinkets from housewares, but her hands were running through the frilled ends of the black pashmina. She remarked how lovely it was and what a wonderful gift it would be for her young daughter.

I recognized it instantly, because it was mine.

I had just donated to the Goodwill store myself, only an hour ago. You see, there’s a story here. This specific black pashmina, an unwanted Christmas gift rebuffed by a too picky “that’s not what I want” friend, had been with me for 2 and half years. I had taken it back, after swearing to only give gift cards to her from then on. I kept it neatly folded on a shelf in my room. Christmas came and went, along with New Years, then Valentine’s Day, then spring with its decidedly un-pashmina weather. And each time I had glanced to look up to my shelf, perhaps relaxing with a cup of coffee in hand, I’d feel the ping of a guilty pang. It was still there, unused, waiting for its turn to be worn, like some kind of sad and forgotten fashion orphan.

Then this morning, before I came to work at Goodwill, I found myself rummaging through the closet thinking “WHY do I had so much STUFF?” I rescued the black pashmina off my shelf, in one of those “this room will be clean!” caffeine fueled a.m. moments we all have on occasion. Then it hit me: donate. I threw the black pashmina into a plastic bag, alongside vintage dresses that no longer fit. Hey! don’t judge me, have you ever eaten a cronut? I rest my case. I also got rid of some of the ugliest Holiday Sweaters you’ve ever seen in hopes someone would make use of them.

The black pashmina sat with me on the rush hour subway, hustled through Port Authority in my jumbled plastic bag, sandwiched with me between sleepy eyed commuters. It narrowly dodged a spilled coffee, walked down the street with me, and finally, through the door, and into a blue bin marked “donations.” And now, a woman with a wide smile was taking it away.

For many, donating is an act – no matter how small – of letting go. Maybe for you it was the dress you wore on your first date or those jeans you wore through high school and you swore you’d hold on to, thinking “maybe size 2 in my 30’s IS possible.” In my case, it was a black pashmina from a disappointing Holiday from long ago. But, as this woman’s eyes sparkled, there was a sense of being thankful. Thankful I had let go of something. In less than an hour’s time, another person had taken it to a new home to a daughter, who no doubt would wear it with love.

This end of holiday season, instead of a tutorial on place settings or how to wear layers, I encourage you to do the same. Be grateful for the things you have and share that spirit of giving, either by donating your stuff to Goodwill or volunteering locally. Or be the lucky lady who snagged my New Kids on the Block Christmas sweater. Listen: the sweater needs batteries, but it still lights up. So trust me, you scored big time!

Get that holiday spirit kicked into high gear with a closet clean out, and while you’re at it, stop by Goodwill’s blog this Friday when I tackle the fun stuff in a “Post New Years Eve Closet bootcamp!” Till then, see you at the counter!

photo credit: http://www.worldmarket.com

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in   Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from GoodwillNyNj!

Happy Valentines’ Day from all of us here at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.!

From all those your support has helped and given hope to: THANK YOU & Happy Valentine's Day!
From all those your support has helped and given hope to: THANK YOU & Happy Valentine’s Day!

THANK YOU for your support, your purchases and your donations, Goodwill fans. Everything we’re able to do is because of you. If you’re curious just what all it is we do through your support, please come peruse our programs and services blog “Where the Goodwill Goes.” If you’re looking to donate to either Goodwill in general or our Sandy Relief Fund, please click on this link to our website’s Make a Gift Page.

To give you the short of it, your support helps us serve thousands of people in the greater Metropolitan region with programs designed to help build better lives and better communities. Goodwill’s wide range of programs operates in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and is expanding into Long Island and Upstate New York.

Goodwill offers programs for:

  • Youth
  • Disabled Housing
  • Education and Literacy
  • Physical Disabilities and Hearing and Vision Impaired
  • Mental Health
  • Development Disabilities
  • Employment
  • Training
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Ex-Offenders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Community Redevelopment
  • Veteran seeking employment assistance

We couldn’t do this without your support. Thank you, Goodwill fans, from the bottom of our hearts.

Valentines’ DIY Event Postponned ’til Tuesday, But 17 Weekend Sales to Come

UPDATE: Due to expected inclement weather this Friday and Saturday, we have decided to postpone our Valentines DIY with Robin Wallace until Tuesday.

That’s right – instead of holding the event this Friday, February 8th, we will be holding the event this Tuesday, February 12th. Please join us then at the East Harlem Goodwill from 6-8pm – we’ll have plenty of materials on hand and the Thrifty Vintage Chic expert to show you how to turn everyday Goodwill finds into one-of-a-kind sweetheart tokens.

In the meantime, we’ve got a ton of sales coming up for you enjoyment. Take a look:

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Friday, February 8th:

  • 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. The Goodwill Chelsea Store is located at 103 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 (646-638-1725).
  • The 23rd Street Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they enter the store. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill 23rd Street Store at 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (212-447-7270).
  • The Astoria Steinway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 9 a.m. The store admits all the customers at the same time, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their window transaction is complete, the customers can shop the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418)
  • The Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the sale begins at 8. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person.  At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs. You’ll find the Goodwill Bronx Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).

Saturday, February 9th:

  • The East Harlem Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:30 for window items only. The store admits three customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two items per person. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue (121st Street), New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive starting at 8:50. Two customers come in at a time, and may choose two items each to purchase. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. The doors open for everyone after all of the window customers are done, usually 10-10:15 a.m. You’ll find the Goodwill Greenwich Village Store at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The Stuyvesant Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are given out just before the doors open at 9:30 a.m. Two people are allowed in at a time to purchase two items each. Out of consideration for other customers, we ask that they make their selection as quickly as possible and not ask to examine each window item. When their transactions are complete, they may go to the back of the line if they want more window merchandise. The store opens for everyone at 10 a.m., but the window sale line continues inside until the sale is over. You’ll find the Goodwill Stuyvesant Store at 1704 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212-831-1830).
  • The Washington Heights Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Three customers come in at a time and may choose three items each to purchase. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line after the transaction. The doors open for everyone at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Goodwill Washington Heights Store at 512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033 (212-923-7910).
  • The Brooklyn Livingston Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed starting at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the sale begins at 9. Each customer may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill Livingston Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed starting at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the sale begins at 9. Each customer may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill Fulton Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).
  • The Rockaway 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 Goodwill Rockaway Store at 226 Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866 (973-983-5693).
  • The Jersey City Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the doors open at 8. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person.  At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs. You’ll find the Goodwill Jersey City Store at 2815 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201-946-6735).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:30. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs. You’ll find the Goodwill East Northport Store at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: On Saturday, tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. On Sunday, ticket distribution will be at 9:15, and the doors will open at 9:30. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two showcase items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual showcase item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Bellmore Store at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).
  • 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 Goodwill Springfield Store at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973-912-0156).
  • The Fairfield 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 Goodwill Fairfield Store at 423 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973-227-1842).
  • 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. Two customers will be admitted at a time who may select up to three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, any remaining window items are available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Goodwill Wappingers Falls Store at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

To add even more fun to your February, we’ve got a few great holiday event in the works for next week:

  • The All-Store Mardi Gras Celebration: Let the good times roll at our storewide Mardi Gras sale on Tuesday, February 12th with 25% off media and electronics (except for grey-tag items).
  • Our Valentines’ Day DIY with Robin Wallace: Swing by the East Harlem Goodwill from 6-8pm on Tuesday, February 12th for a hands-on one-of-a-kind just-for-your-sweetheart gift-making experience.
  • Goodwill’s Valentines’ Day Special: To make sure you wear your heart on your sleeve, take 25% off jewelry and anything red on Thursday, February 14.

Valentine’s Day Sale: Goodwill Hunting & Love

This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating love by celebrating you, our lovely thrift fashion fans! Come shop at Goodwill today, Tuesday, February 14, for our storewide Valentine’s Day sale. Our special offer: 30% off on everything red.

To find the Goodwill store nearest you, please visit our store locator at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. Hope to see you at the sale, lovelies!