Something New, Borrowed, Old, and Goodwill Blue

Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


Finding the love of your life is a lot like thrifting. First you enter without knowing what you’re looking for. All you know is that once you see it, you’ll know it’s the one. Everything in the store is unique; each item is different and has its own history. You scour through countless racks and bins in search of what would fit perfectly into your life. You never lose hope, despite all the far and near misses.

But you’ve managed to do what some people deem impossible. You’ve found the needle in the haystack… Waldo… your soul mate! Now all that is left to do is marry him/her. This is where you’ll find yourself back at the thrift store. Not the metaphorical one about love. That part is thankfully over. We’re talking the real physical thrift store, your local Goodwill.

Goodwill can help you find the most important thing you’re ever going to wear, your wedding dress! The gravity and seriousness of finding a great gown does not equate having to spend a hefty dime. Goodwill’s bridal selection gives you an immense variety for a fraction of the cost. We’ve listed a few frocks to woo you.


This is a floor length Judd Waddell dress in the size 6.  The silhouette is ballgown with a fitted bodice and a full skirt. It has sweetheart neckline, beaded natural waist, and a tulle skirt.


This is a floor length Allure Bridals dress in the size 10. It has a trumpet silhouette and a v-neckline. The details on this dress are immense, having everything ranging from lace to a textured skirt and train. It comes with a partially beaded belt for an extra amount of sparkle.


This is a floor length Kelly Faetanini dress in the size 6. This dress is the perfect about of subtly and drama. The floral-eqsue pattern wrapped around the classic plain satin is both elegant and fashion forward.

Visit Goodwill when you’re on the prowl for your wedding dress. You won’t only be saying yes to a dress. You’ll also be saying yes to sustainable fashion and helping the community. It’s everything you could want in a dress and then some more.

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!


The Goodwill Wedding Showcase: Congratulations All!

Save the Date for Goodwill’s One of a Kind Bride sale. Wedding gowns starting at $69.99. Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride gowns also available. Join us: Saturday June 3rd, doors open at 9am and close at 9pm. RSVP: here *While supplies last.


Earlier this month, we set out to prove there’s no need to sacrifice the honeymoon fund to ensure a gorgeous big day! To see how we did, visit our full Facebook album (and be sure to tag yourself in it). For now, here’s a peek:

Now that the Big Day is over, even the groom can take a look…

Our 5-store sale featured bridal and formal wear for blushing brides, handsome grooms and stylish bridesmaids throughout our five regions. The photo above and in the Facebook album are from the Kingston Goodwill. If you were at the East Harlem, East Northport, Elmsford or Fairfield Goodwills & took pics at the Goodwill Wedding Showcase, please send them on! We’d love to see them – just email us at

What better way to start your new life than by supporting new opportunities and hope for countless others in your path. Congratulations to all who found their gown/suit and good luck on the Big Day!

Wedding Showcase, Mothers Day, Goodwill Week & Window Sales: Oh My!

We have all kinds of sales and celebrations on the horizon. Take a look, take your pick & help spread the Goodwill one smart shopping spree at a time!

Join Us on Goodwill Week for 25% Savings & Show Mama Some Love: May 7th – 13th. This year, Goodwill Industries Week is followed by Mother’s Day, so Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey decided to honor both with a week-long storewide sale. Starting Monday, May 7, each day features 25% off on a different sale item, culminating with 25% off on women’s accessories, handbags and jewelry Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13.

This Sunday, May 13th, we’re also hosting the 5-store Wedding Showcase Bridal Extravaganza! For more details about the sale and participating stores, visit To see photos of the stores themselves all decked out in their Big Day best, check out our special event Facebook album at

Also this weekend, we’re hosting 2 window sales, just in case you haven’t seen enough amazing Goodwill deals yet:


  • The Stuyvesant Goodwill Store: Goodwill’s next Stuyvesant window sale will be held this Saturday. Purchases are first come, first serve. 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. When their transactions are complete, they may go to the back of the line if they want more. 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 Stuyvesant Goodwill Store at 1704 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (phone 212-831-1830).
  • The Harlem Goodwill Store: Goodwill’s next 135th Street window sale will be held this Saturday. The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick one window item to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Harlem Goodwill Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (phone 212-862-0020).

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit And if you haven’t donated to Goodwill recently, now would be a great time. The more donations we get, the more for everyone to buy, and the more funding for our programs and services to keep changing lives. Happy Wedding-Mothers-Goodwill-Window Sale Week, all!

Goodwill’s Wedding Showcase: East Harlem, East Northport, Elmsford, Kingston & Fairfield

Save the Date for Goodwill’s One of a Kind Bride sale. Wedding gowns starting at $69.99. Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride gowns also available. Join us: Saturday June 3rd, doors open at 9am and close at 9pm. RSVP: here *While supplies last.




Getting married? No need to sacrifice the honeymoon fund to ensure a gorgeous big day! Next Sunday, May 6, will feature a bridal and formal wear sale at five Goodwill stores*, one in each region we serve.

New and gently used gowns and other wedding clothes will be available while supplies last at discounted prices. The stores open at 10 a.m.; get there early for the best selection.

After all, love might not care about the economy, but your bank account does. If you or your family have been hit by the wedding budget blues; if you’re a thrift fashionista; if you’re committed to helping the environment – Goodwill has the sale for you. Eco-aware, budget-savvy, uniquely-yours, a Goodwill gown is the way to go!

*Please join us for the Goodwill Wedding Showcase at the following stores on Sunday, May 6th starting at 10 a.m.: