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”

Wedding Ready with TheFabJunkie

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. 

By Suma Kaul,

I have a mini confession to make and warning, you may roll your eyes at me. Here we go…

When I was younger, I had this thing. It was a terrible thing and it was also a very expensive thing. Every time I attended an event or wedding, I had to wear a new dress.

Continue reading “Wedding Ready with TheFabJunkie”

PlanetBrandee LIVE From Everybody Else’s Weddings

PlanetBrandee LIVE From Everybody Elses WeddingSorry for the delay in posting, but I’m writing from you under the cookie table of my friend’s wedding. YES, under the table, as there’s barely any WiFi here, but apparently it’s THE only safe place to hide from crazy relations and ugly bridesmaids dresses. But I have advice my savvy readers and it’s urgent I share it with you.

Even the most avid thrifter knows, most weddings are a challenge to pay for. Finding the best or most affordable venue, avoiding terrible color choices, dealing with family, picking the tastiest food and cake the COST! But if you strap on your thrift store boots, you’ll successfully navigate a wedding on a shoestring…DIY low budget.

Below we found out the top four challenges we face and the best way to overcome them.

Cookie Table


Surprise! Does $25K terrify you as being the AVERAGE price tag for a traditional wedding? Well, it makes me weak, as in excuse me while I eat this biscotti that I found under this table. Because WHAT does that PRICE HAT TAG pays for? I encourage the readers to take a moment to search under the keyword “DIY Wedding” to review the many useful tips and tricks, as well as excellent advice offered on finding what you want and ways to get it at a DIY target price that works for you. And like I tell all of my couple clients, never be afraid to be HONEST and up front about what you’re comfortable paying for and the price for that comfort. Be transparent with your partner and know, for most people it’s not about the money; it’s about creating that moment you’ll never forget.

Wedding Favors? – DIY
Invites? ONLINE
Catered? POTLUCK

Challenge #2 – LOCATION/VENUE

Finding a place that works for you can be a challenge, I’d say shoe aisle at Goodwill Steinway, but that’s just ME! To find a location is a pain, especially if like most savvy thrifters your budget is small, but it’s not impossible.  If you can’t find a local option that caters to your DIY aesthetic, considering a get-away or a location wedding may make the day even more magical, just be open to places, friends houses, parks, farms, B&B’s and the right place will come.

Challenge #3 – ATTIRE

So many fun and cool couples are EMBRACING the thrift look and saving thousands on attire. STOP going to high end boutiques and save that dough for your honeymoon to the Amazon. This is strictly eye candy territory, but dig this image bank. DIY couples from all walks of life, looking fab in thrifted and second hand/vintage ensembles. If they can, so can you! Vintage and second hand suits ALL body types, so get in on the action.

Challenge #4 – BEING READY

This is easy to understand. Many couples face the big day with fear and trepidation. Will this venue work? Will it be perfect? Is this it? How do I look? Are we READY? And the truth is, yes, yes you are. Enjoy and embrace your day, it’s a reflection of YOU and no one else. It’s not about Vera Wang and 10K diamonds, it’s about LOVE, so be it Neiman Marcus or Goodwill, make it special and make it REAL.

Join me next blog as my secret travel journeys from runway to highway continue to fuel my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer. Till then, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter! #planetbrandee #fashion #NYC

Brandee Sanders is a writer, creative lifestyle and thrift enthusiast. Brandee’s work has been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL and Time Out NY. Follow her runway meets the highway adventures and travels @PlanetBrandee 

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Starting Tomorrow: GoodwillNyNj’s Bridal Extravaganza!

Round up your girlfriends, brides-to-be: it’s time to find the dress of your dreams! The Goodwill Wappingers Falls is hosting the incredible GoodwillNyNj Bridal Extravaganza

Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22 from open til close, we’ll be offering our 150 bridal gowns for $99.99 and 300 bridesmaid dresses for $19.99. First come, first served. These gowns are amazing!

Wappingers Falls Goodwill Store

1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

(845) 298-0311

Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am – 8:30pm and Sunday from 10am – 8pm

Save the Date: GoodwillNyNj’s Bridal Extravaganza!

Are you planning a wedding? Then better plan a trip to the gorgeous Dutchess County town of Wappingers Falls where the Goodwill Wappingers Falls is hosting the incredible GoodwillNyNj Bridal Extravaganza! Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22 from open til close, we’ll be offering our 150 bridal gowns for $99.99 and 300 bridesmaid dresses for $19.99. First come, first served. This is even better than catching the bouquet. Good luck, ladies!

Finding the dress of your dreams for under $100? Sounds like a plan to us! Here’s a guide to our other Goodwills in the Hudson Valley just in case you and the wedding party wants to take a road trip:

Wappingers Falls Goodwill Store

1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

(845) 298-0311

Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am – 8:30pm and Sunday from 10am – 8pm

A Goodwill Gown Fit for Glamour: A Sammy Davis Video

Curious what $10 Goodwill gown GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Sammy Davis ended up wearing to the 2010 Glamour Women of the Year Awards? Well, luck you: her video tells all. Enjoy – and be sure to post on our Facebook wall or send us a tweet if you’ve ever found a semi-formal gown at your local New York or Northern New Jersey Goodwill!

For more of Sammy’s amazing style, check out her blog SammyDavisVintage.

Sammy Davis, Goodwill & the 2010 Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Today’s the day Sammy Davis heads over to the 2010 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall and guess what she’s wearing… A gown from GoodwillNyNj! Watch her video HERE to how she picked this winner, meet Bellmore Goodwill store manager Sal and glean a few tips for your next evening gown outing.

Looking for a gown at Goodwill? Sammy Davis shows you the ropes at the Goodwill Bellmore store.

Have you shopped Goodwill for a semi-formal or formal event? What did you find and – just as fun – where did you wear it? Let us know in the comments here, tweet us at @GoodwillNyNj or post a note on our A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj Facebook page.