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!


Wedding Decoration and Gifts DIY

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.


The good news first: I got engaged last month! Then the sticker shock came when I began planning my wedding. I had no clue of the cost of certain things: Decorations, gifts, the dress, and the list goes on and on. It seems never ending! However, some simple “Do-It-Yourself”ing will not only alleviate some pain from your bank account, but it will add a truly personalized touch to your wedding!

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Jars

Centerpieces are a basic staple in most weddings. They liven up each table and dress up the room. And let’s be realistic: Your aunt will want to take it home. So what’s the point of spending lots in what will be a “party favor”? Whether you decide to fill it up with flowers, floating candles or water beads, this DIY glitter tutorial will add some sparkle and shine to your big day. Take this as an opportunity to call in your bridal party and have a fun and bonding experience.

 What You’ll Need

  • At most Goodwill stores you can find an array of jars, vases and glassware. This is where you stock up and purchase a bunch in different shapes and sizes.
  • Buy at your local craft store glitter that matches your wedding theme colors, a foam brush, painter’s tape and some ModPodge.


  1. Decide if you want the glitter to be on the inside or outside and paint that area in a thin and even layer with ModPodge. *If you only want a section covered in glitter use the painter’s tape to mask off that area.
  2. Cover that sucker in glitter!
  3. Ta-da! Now isn’t that gorgeous? If you are concerned about glitter falling off you can easily set it with a Krylon finish spray or your handy dandy hairspray.

For step-by-step photo instructions click here

DIY Wedding Tank Tops

Have you seen all those photos of the bridal party getting ready? They are all rocking tanks that say “Bride,” “Maid of Honor,” “Bridesmaid,” “Flower Girl,” etc. Here is how to bring out your inner Picasso and personalize those tanks to thank everyone who helped you with the glitter project above.

What You’ll Need

  • Go to any drug store, Target or Walmart and purchase a bleach pen, and wax paper. You will also need any piece of cardboard that is lying around the house.
  • Goodwill always, always, ALWAYS (did I mention always?) has a huge selection of tank tops in all sorts of colors. Having a winter wedding? You can also do this project with hoodies.


    1. Cover a small piece of cardboard with a sheet of wax paper.
    2. Slide the cardboard with wax side up in the shirt under the area where you will print.
    3. This is where you make magic and draw or write whatever you want. If any of the lines got broken up just retrace over.
    4. Now you wait. Let the bleach sit for ten minutes on tanks and 20 minutes for hoodies.
    5. Carefully remove the cardboard and wash the bleach off of the material. DO NOT RUB! The bleach can start to spread to other areas of the shirt so just let a steady stream of water wash away the bleach.
    6. Once the layer of bleach is rinsed off, now use soap and wash the bleached part of the shirt.
    7. Wash and dry as you would your regular laundry.

For step-by-step photo instructions click here

Here is a bonus tip for all you lovely brides to be out there. Did you know Goodwill sells wedding dresses? Some are used and some are brand spanking new. So before you think of purchasing a pre-owned wedding dress online – why not visit your local Goodwill and see what they have to offer?

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Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

There are a ton of glorious bridesmaids dresses languishing in your local Goodwill. Still, a 110 heat wave does not seem like the best time to revive those taffetta dreams – so how can you put those Goodwill treasures to good use? Buy a secondhand bridesmaid dress, use the fabric to create a ton of fascinators and make a fashion statement without breaking a sweat!

Our Boutique You project: from bridesmaid's dress to fascinator. Peachy!

This time of year (post-bridal rush) creates a gold mine of gowns at your local Goodwill. Romp on over and see what specific sheen of magenta, lemon yellow, or lime green catches your fancy. It’s a whole new way to look at those occasionally outrageous bridesmaids gown – and a whole new way to get a vibrant second life out of what you’d thought was done and dusted.

For the BurdaStyle how-to, just click here. Keep us posted as to your one-of-a-kind creations. What can we say… we’re fascinated to hear!

A Chelsea Morning, Noon and Night

Since September is such a Fashionista fest, we figured, what better place to base this month’s “Shop in the Spotlight” than the Goodwill Chelsea store? Now we’ve already shown you our top style steals (honestly, those Ferragamo shoes still pop into our dreams on a nightly basis), but perhaps you want to go check out the great buys yourself?

Goodwill Chelsea gives us a glamor shot. Why thank you, Miss Chelsea!
Goodwill Chelsea gives us a glamor shot. Why thank you, Miss Chelsea!

Well, here’s all you need to know about the Chelsea store, from where exactly it is to what many clever treasures you might see there.

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