5 Thrifting Tips from a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon


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Maria, Little Tree Vintage

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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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Goodwill, Thrift & Vintage Finds: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things


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David Morgan, Yes, David is Here

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Good news, crafty readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: those classic, comfy, all-time favorites. Enjoy!

 

My favorite sweater!

 

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Everyday Thrifting


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David Morgan, Yes, David is Here

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Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion for men. This week: optimizing your thrifting finds. Enjoy!

Each of these outfits contain one or more thrifted elements. How do you incorporate your Goodwill finds into your everyday wear?

Recently, I have begun maintaining a Flickr set of some of my daily outfits. Going through the few pictures I’ve posted so far, I’m surprised out how much of my clothes are from the Goodwill. I know I thift a lot, but certainly didn’t know it was that much. Everyday, at least some part of my outfit is thrifted, a testament to both the versatility and diversity of thrift store shopping.

Whatever the occasion, I guarantee that you can find a look within the thrift store. The most important tip I can offer in debunking any feeling of hesitancy is that:

  • Price does not determine style, and not even quality.

I have had pairs of pants worth hundreds of dollors rip after a few months, and I’ve had pants bought for dirt cheap last for years.

While I definitely appreciate the value of exceptional craftsmanship, and understand that some well-made clothes are truly worth the investment, you really cannot determine the quality of thrifted clothes based on price.

  • The hierarchical rules of fashion just do not apply at the thrift store.

Both high and low-end pieces have the same playing field and price point, which definitely puts the cash-strapped fashionisto at ease.

In short, if you are worried that thrifting will make you look cheap, I assure you it won’t. Dior coats share the same rack as high school varsity gear, and both are there for your wearing pleasure.

Each of these outfits contain one or more thrifted elements. How do you incorporate your Goodwill finds into your everyday wear?

If you are a thrifting pro, what high-end pieces have you stumbled upon at the thrift store? And how does thrifting influence your everyday style? Perhaps our examples will ease the worried minds of strict department store adherents 🙂

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!

DIY Slit Knee Denim


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

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When you’re in love with all things denim, you always try to think of new DIYs to create. Currently trending in the world of denim is the Slit Knee. The difference between this and other shredded denim style is that there’s just a subtle rip that lies directly on the knee.

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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!

@PlanetBrandee Goes Fenton Fantastical

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A true story of love and vintage hobnail milk glass

Most obsessions start small, a little bit here, a quickie there, no big deal. But then the scales tip, the fever breaks and your new love is all you can think about:

Where is it? Is this the best one? When can I get more? WHO HAS IT!

And that, dear readers is what brings me to today’s topic of milk glass and hobnail vintage.

Working with vintage and antiques since the 90’s when the up-cycling life kicked in for me, I grew to love “shabby chic.” Not just because it’s a more approachable version of the haute,gilded looks of Hollywood Regency –I’m saving that for next week’s post- but because it’s sweet, romantic, well worn, and above all, attainable. A jaunt through most thrift stores, Goodwill included, and I can find a veritable treasure trove of glassware, one of my favorites is Fenton. So come trek through the streets of New York City and learn a little history too, as we dig out the Finest of Fenton Hobmail Milk Glass.

Getting Schooled:

So what IS “Milk Glass” exactly? Basically, milk glass, also commonly known in vintage circles as Fenton or Hobnail Glass, is a cloudy and opaque glassware which became popular during the end of the 19th century, particularly in regions of France. And according to some historians, it was often considered a product of the ‘fin de siècle’, also known as the end of the century bourgeoisie. In many regions, milk glass went hand in hand with expressionistic French culture and top tier families.

First Hob Stop: Chelsea Goodwill

Now that we know more, we can go shopping! Put down your book and let’s trek to Chelsea in NYC. This store has so much glassware sometimes it hurts! I found a few gems here, including a cake platter and a vintage fenton-esque vase, replete with nobbed lip and curved base. To get them, both would be coming home for under $20! Win-win for my windowsill and my wallet.

Second Hob Stop: Harlem Thrifting

Although this Goodwill store is HUGE and always full of the craziest things, there was no Fenton to be found. I was haphazardly distracted by a few other local hot spots that specialize in your grandma’s kitsch, no dice. We did find a fab pair of leather moccasins to take home though, so not too shabby! See what I did there? ☺

And final hob stop: Goodwill Online, Etsy, Ebay AND your local Churches!

You’d be shocked what gorgeous gems can be unearthed online at your local yard sale or church event. We found more than our fair share recently with an intricately 14K gold nobbed ashtray from the mid-70’s and a handful of heay plated silverware. All in all, more Fenton milk glass AND giving back to those in need at the Goodwill and local spots, feels good to DO good!

So if you’re a fan of simple and sweet, and enjoy Grandma’s treasures, or maybe just love old things, think about holding one to one or two pieces to add to an eclectic bookshelf or empty windowsill. Throw some colorful buds in the mix and the look is modern but romantic!

Score an amazing #Goodwillfind?!

Obsessed with vintage glass?

Trying to keep your vintage closet full of new swag?

Let me know! And follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

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

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