Make Goodwill Your Halloween Headquarters

The air is quite brisk in the morning and the leaves are starting to turn those beautiful fall colors, as the focus begins to shift from summer barbecues and beach days to pumpkins, corn mazes and Halloween. NOW is the perfect time to start plotting your costume.

Make Goodwill your Halloween Headquarters this year and find costumes at bargain prices for the entire family.  Whether you’re hoping to find a barely used store-bought costume, a groovy 70s outfit, or just some extra wigs and accessories, Goodwill’s 20 retails stores are the place to shop this Halloween, without breaking the bank

Get creative! Here is a just a small sampling of what you can create with items from Goodwill.

What have you always wanted to be? What creative ensemble can you put together with items purchased at Goodwill? With just a little imagination, you can put together a fun and frugal Halloween costume.

Need more inspiration? Then look no further. Goodwill is here to help! We have a Halloween website devoted to awesome costume ideas that are sure to get you a prize at this year’s party. Check it out at www.goodwillnj.org/Halloween. You can also find daily inspiration for this year’s Halloween costume by following us on Facebook & Twitter for A Costume a Day the Goodwill Way in October. Follow us on Pinterest for even more unique costume ideas you can create using items bought at Goodwill.
So get your wheels turning, come up with a plan and head to Goodwill – the earlier you go, the more choices you may have!

Happy Haunting!

Enjoy this coupon to shop for all your Halloween needs!

Feel Good. Clear the Clutter.

Clear out the clutter in your house and I swear you’ll feel better after you do. There is something about an organized closet that just makes things simpler.

All for Goodwill!

I recently cleaned out the closets in my house and was surprised at how much clothing I had to donate to Goodwill. My closet started to overwhelm me. It was packed full of clothing and shoes but shockingly, I NEVER had anything to wear. If I needed a ball gown to wear, I had that, but how many balls do I have to attend this year? Zero. You got that right.

 

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It was time to sort through the clothing and get organized. I began by dividing items into two piles: clothing to keep and clothing to donate. It was a true closet over-haul.

In order to keep an article of clothing in my closet, I asked 3 questions:

1. Have I worn it recently?
2. Does it fit me currently? (Not when I’m at that weight again)
3. Where can I wear this? Does it fit in to my lifestyle?

If the answer was no, then in the pile it went to donate to Goodwill. After only about an hour, I had an organized closet featuring clothes that I can and will wear today. Plus, it takes less time to get ready for work in the morning which means more time for SLEEP.

And don’t forget, by donating to and shopping at Goodwill, you’re not only freeing up space in your home, but you’re also contributing to a great cause.  Proceeds from donated items in Goodwill’s 20 retail stores help fund job training and career services for people with disabilities so that they can become competitively employed in the community. It’s a win-win for everyone!

BONUS: while I was donating at Goodwill, I ran in the store to take a look around. I just can’t resist! I happened to score this great pair of fall boots for $3.99. I felt good about buying them. I knew they would be a great addition to my neatly organized closet. Some things deserve to have a good home!

~Mary

Sam & Libby Boots-$3.99

Being Green

At Goodwill, we like to consider ourselves the original recycler. Goodwill Industries® of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia has always been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice.

By donating your unwanted items to Goodwill, you are reducing the amount of waste going to local landfills. And, through a partnership with Dell, Goodwill provides an easy way for residents to recycle electronic items too, like computers, printers, cell phones etc…

Your donated goods have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, strengthen communities, and create a healthier environment. Reselling donated goods not only provides Goodwill with a revenue stream to support its mission of putting people with special needs to work, it makes us responsible environmental stewards— a role we take very seriously!

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Goodwill is committed to improving the sustainability of our operations. Textiles, books, shoes, accessories and housewares that do not sell in Goodwill’s retail stores are salvaged. Nothing goes in the trash.

Just as there are things you Recycle, there are things you Donate. Here are 5 things that are probably collecting dust in your house that you can recycle by donating to Goodwill!

 

1. Cell Phone. That Zach Morris size phone stored in one of your junk drawers. Hello? Goodwill is calling.

2. Clothing. Follow the rule—if you haven’t worn it in a year, odds are you aren’t going to wear it. Donate it!

3. Computers. Good news. Goodwill accepts computers  in working and not working order!

4 . Chachkes. (choch – ke) That “unique” candle holder your grandma gave you for your birthday last year. Give it another home—Goodwill!

5. Books. Because, how many more times can you read the Harry Potter series?

The list could go on and on. But, you get the picture…clear the clutter and donate to Goodwill!

Check out the Goodwill is Green Video. Caution. Dancing may occur while watching!