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!


Top 4 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

MsSomethingBlue, Contributor

Best friends. Soulmates. Girlfriends. Whatever you call them, your bridesmaid are some of the most important women in your life. Why not make them feel special with a really great gift? Gone are the days of bridesmaid to bride only gifts. Brides are starting a new tradition of gifts for their bridesmaids.

  1. The DIY. Weddings can be pricey, from the dress to the cake to the photographer. For our budget friendly brides we recommend doing it yourself! D-I-Y doesn’t mean cheap but affordable. D-I-Y gifts can be some of the most thoughtful gifts people receive. I recommend wine glasses with painted sayings or designs. Like this DIY by Mommy Like Whoa. It’s fun, cute and who doesn’t love a glass of wine? You can even thrift your glasses for as low as $1 at a Goodwill storeDIY-decorated-wine-glasses-mommylikewhoa.com_.jpg Continue reading “Top 4 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas”

Solving the Summer Wedding Wardrobe Issue

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. 

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What comes to mind when you think summer? How about rebirth and romance? It is prime season for barbeques, sitting poolside, and of course weddings.

Since we love romance, many of us ladies find our weekends in June, July and August booked back-to-back with soirees where our friends, family and coworkers exchange vows of everlasting love. Those events, as beautiful as they are, can add up and can threaten to break the bank!

In the age of social media, we cannot repeat an outfit. Gone are the days of having a go to dress you can repeat over the course of wedding season. Now you face being tagged wearing the same outfit, committing a major fashion no-no.


The Goodwill located on 79th St. has a plethora of cocktail dresses by Loft and Ann Taylor. I’ve also spotted Tibi, Milly and Tracey Reese, known in the fashion world as the go to brands for wedding guests. The sizes ran from petite to plus and they looked as if they had been barely worn. Also, stuck between racks, you can spy sequin which can always make an event fun and cool. Don’t forget to just go for color; no one is forgiving to the guest who wears black, unless it’s a tuxedo.

You have hope in staying within budget and looking great by visiting your local Goodwill. If there is one thing they have tons of are special occasion dresses. From short to long, vintage to contemporary, floral to sequin, Goodwill can make your special occasion shopping very easy on your wallet. The next time you plan on heading into a department store or boutique, revise your shopping itinerary and pop into a Goodwill for an updated wardrobe specific to the event and season.

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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?

For more wedding diy tips and tricks, follow our board on Pinterest.


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

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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!