Goodwill Goes To The Beach!

BY PENELOPE CAKE, GOODWILL GUEST BLOGGER

When I went to the Goodwill in Egg Harbor Township, NJ I found this beautiful lace dress but it was size XL.  I thought maybe it would look nice on me anyway if it draped attractively over my body, which it did.  Another problem was the gaping armholes so I knew that I needed a cami underneath.  Going through cami’s at the Goodwill is quite a job, but they have so many great ones and a lot of them are brand new.

I knew that I wanted one that had a little lace around the top to peak out of the neckline of the dress and of course I was able to find the perfect one.  I just love the Goodwill.  You can always find what you are looking for, or better yet, an unexpected treasure!

The sunset over the bay in Cape May was so beautiful that it inspired me to dance!

I was also able to rescue a horseshoe crab by turning her over so that she could go back to the sea.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Do you get creative with items you find at Goodwill? Let us know how in the comments!

You can also read this post on Penelope’s blog at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

COUTURE FASHION FROM GOODWILL!

by Penelope Cake, Goodwill guest blogger


I shopped this complete outfit at the Goodwill store in Millville NJ.

The coat came first and it inspired me to go for a Chanel look.  After all, the 2015 NY fashion show begins this week and I have to be ready for the runway!

 The label says BB Dakota and the price was $6.99.
These similarly textured shorts ($2.99) were a perfect match for the coat and this lacy ivory T ($4.99) complimented both pieces perfectly.  But what about the bottom half of me?  I was feeling skeptical about completing the outfit when I found these shoes.
And like Cinderella, they fit me perfectly ($5.99).
I also found some pantyhose in a lovelyshade of beige for $.99.

I was feeling mighty fortunate with this treasure trove of fashionable separates and headed for the cash register to check out when lo and behold, a black patent leather bag with gold chains ($6.99) was staring me right in the face!

Who ever thought that I would be able to put together a couture Chanel look for less than $30.00?
Thank you, Goodwill!
See you again soon.

You can also read this article on my blog too at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

Welcome to Goodwill Mondays!

by Penelope Cake, Goodwill guest blogger

In partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia I will be visiting (and of course shopping!) at many different Goodwill stores, putting together outfits, and posting them on the ALL THINGS GOODWILL blog.

The style for today is casual hip.  Everything I am wearing (except the jewelry) was purchased at the Goodwill store in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 6701 Black Horse Pike.
I like to wear a variety of styles.  It’s more creative and definitely more fun.  I don’t like being limited to one look.  I try to dress for the occasion and how I am feeling – what personality suits me today?
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I never thought that I would go for the commercially distressed blue jean style, but here I am.  I just couldn’t resist these pants and they fit me perfectly!
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Then I found the sneakers which are just right with the rolled up cuffs.

But its definitely the red belt that makes the outfit, don’t you think? I topped it off with this necklace that I made out of children’s plastic charms several years ago. I used to wear it when I was a teacher – of course the kids loved it. (Yes, the lunchbox does open and it has a thermos and an apple inside!)

As I was shopping my look, I met this stylish woman, Diane Wenzel, who happened to be sporting the same casual hip style in shades of red and navy blue. We had a lovely conversation about style and thrift store shopping.  I love the way her red shoes and vest pop when juxtaposed against her plaid flannel shirt and maroon top. And by the way, red and navy blue is a very hot color combination in current fashion trends this season and you don’t have to buy it off the runway.  Shop at your local Goodwill store instead, its good for everyone!

You can also read this article on my blog too at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

#ThriftWeek Crawl This Saturday January 18!

thrift crawl goodies web small sizeWe want to thrift with you! There is still time to register for Goodwill’s #ThriftWeek Crawl hosted in partnership with the Institute for American Values.

Join thrift and styling expert Sammy of Sammy Davis Vintage as we visit three local Goodwill Stores in South Jersey (Pennsauken, Stratford and the Outlet Stores) to score some great #GoodwillFinds.

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM Thrift Crawl web small

Price: Tickets available for $15

One event ticket includes:

  • Chartered round trip transportation to 3 thrift stores
  • Brown bag lunch
  • Event gift bag and 15% store discount (at both Pennsauken and Stratford Goodwill Stores)
  • Shopping tips & styling advice
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Register at http://tinyurl.com/thriftcrawl2014 

A portion of the ticket proceeds to benefit Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia’s mission of putting people with special needs to work.

Event Schedule:
10:30 a.m.
Meet at Cherry Hill Mall- Macy’s parking lot (2000 New Jersey 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002)
Board bus
10:45 a.m.
Welcome!
11:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Shopping at Pennsauken Store
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
“Why Thrift Matters”
Sammy  discusses her “thrift journeys” and favorite thrift finds
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shopping at Stratford Store
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Shopping at Bellmawr Outlet Store (Buy by the pound- a new way to thrift!)
4:30 p.m.
Drop off at Cherry Hill Mall

Please email khenry@goodwillnj.org or call 856.439.0200 for additional information. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Round Up from Goodwill

The holiday season is in full swing and Goodwill has everything you need for the season. Goodwill’s 21 retail stores are overflowing with holiday home décor, festive fashions, sparkly baubles, DIY basics and everything you need to make this holiday season one of the best ones ever. Stop by your local Goodwill today and make us a part of your holiday this year!

family movingStart a new holiday tradition of giving. Teach your family to give back to the community this holiday season by donating to Goodwill. Before the influx of new holiday gifts and clothing, gather unwanted clothing and items from around the house to donate to Goodwill. Your donations help people with disabilities and disadvantages right here in our community get the job training needed so they can become competitively employed.
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Create simple and affordable DIY gifts and decorations. Goodwill is chock full of items to create affordable DIY gifts like these and create decorations like these. From holiday mugs and textiles to baubles and ornaments, you’re sure to find just what you need!

 
snowman ugley sweater from HammontonFind festive sweaters for your one (or nine) ugly sweater parties this year. Ugly Sweater parties have become a part of the holiday tradition over the past several years and Goodwill has plenty in stock. Don’t spend tons of money when you can buy them at Goodwill for less! Sweaters can cost $50 or more online, visit your local Goodwill store to find the perfect one at a fraction of the price. Take Goodwill’s Ugly Sweater quiz to find out your sweater style!

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ugs v1Find designer fashions for parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations. With the amount of money spent on gift giving during the season, why not save on designer clothing for holiday gatherings and even New Year’s Eve?! Goodwill has all the brand names for less. Shop once and you’ll never want to shop anywhere else!

 

The best news? When you shop Goodwill you put your dollars to work in our community. Shopping at or donating to Goodwill helps people with disabilities and disadvantages get to work!

 

Join Beyoncé + Goodwill: Transform Lives FOR GOOD

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Having a job matters. But today we face a job crisis that threatens the future and possibilities of our families and communities. Goodwill is excited to announce that Beyoncé will lend her voice to help us transform lives for GOOD. As she undertakes The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé is telling the world about the GOOD work Goodwill is doing- generating opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and communities.GW-Beyonce-Banner-600-X-400-2On Friday, June 28th, Beyoncé brings her tour to North America where she will encourage fans to support Goodwill by donating clothing, electronics and small household goods. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center on-site at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwills as they work to help anyone facing challenges finding employment.

“Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives.” -Beyoncé

Beyoncé will continue to build awareness of Goodwill’s mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions. Global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com will auction special ticket packages for the Mrs. Carter World Tour, with the revenue benefiting Goodwill.

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Join Beyoncé and Goodwill today and make a difference for someone tomorrow. Goodwill of Southern NJ & Philadelphia is delighted to join with Goodwill Industries International in the announcement of Beyoncé’s efforts to transform lives.

#beygood

VIVA GOODWILL: A SURE BET FUNDRAISER!

green viva header_blogJoin us for a fun filled evening at VIVA Goodwill: A Sure Bet Fundraiser on Thursday, April 18th at 6 p.m. at the ALOFT in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Enjoy dinner and drinks, try your hand at an array of casino-style games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Texas Hold’em Poker, take your chances on winning some fabulous raffle prizes, and have an exciting evening out with friends!

How much does it cost and where does the money go?

Ticket price is $125 per person or $950 for a table of eight. Price includes buffet dinner, open bar and $20 worth of gaming chips. All proceeds from this event fund Goodwill’s job training programs and career services for people with disabilities and disadvantages in our community.

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What games can I play?

Blackjack, Craps, Roulette & Texas Hold’em Poker. The tables open at 6 p.m.  No experience is necessary. If you don’t know how to play, a dealer will explain it to you!

What and how do I win?

You can start trying your luck as soon as you walk through the doors at your game of choice with your complimentary gaming chips. You can purchase additional gaming chips at The Goodwill Bank. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

While the money won might be fake, the prizes to be won are very real! Every person automatically receives one raffle chance when you arrive at the event. The more you gamble the more chances you get to win some INCREDIBLE prizes. You will receive one raffle ticket for every $50 worth of chips that you have at the end of the night.

Some of the prizes include:

  • A 42” flat screen TV
  • 2 tickets in a luxury suite to a Philadelphia Phillies game
  • A Medium Reading worth $650
  • Dinner for four in The Big Apple plus entertainment
  • Dinner & Overnight Stay at The Union League in Philadelphia
  • Restaurant gift certificates to Villa Barone, Sabrina’s Café and more!

Food and drink?

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and an open bar.

Who attends?

Anyone who wants to enjoy a fun night out with friends all while supporting a great cause!

Click here to view the invitation.

RSVP to Mary Polizzi at mpolizzi@goodwillnj.org by April 11th

The Running of the Brides-Goodwill Style!

bridal flyer picCalling all brides-to-be!  We are gearing up for Goodwill’s 5th Annual Valentine’s Bridal Sale Extravaganza this Saturday, February 9th – and you should be too!  The sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Pennsauken Retail Store located at 5461 Route 70. Finding your dream dress for less can be a fun experience for grandmothers, mothers, bridesmaid, or friends. (Dads and fiancés, too!)

Brides-to-be can shop from a selection of brand new and gently-used designer gowns  at drastically discounted prices.2 alfred angelo collagedesigners New bridal gowns from including Nicole Miller, Alfred Angelo, Jasmine and Demetrios start at $99 and gently-used gowns start at $49.

 

A few key tidbits to help you plan:

  • Plan to arrive early. Last year brides starting lining up at 3 a.m. to get their chance to have the first pick of the dresses. 1 alfred angelo blog
  • It’s not just about bridal gowns. We also have a large assortment of bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses and flower girl dresses. Some of the designers include Bill Levkoff, Jim Hjelm and Amsale.

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Brides-to-be can feel good about shopping this event too! Proceeds from this fundraiser support Goodwill’s job training programs and career services that prepare individuals with disabilities or disadvantages for competitive employment in the community.

Thrifting 101 with Goodwill

Everywhere I turn lately the word “thrifting” keeps popping up. I hear it mentioned in TV shows and movies and see the term coined in magazines and online. According to Urban Dictionary, thrifting refers to shopping in thrift stores for trendy, vintage clothing and/or other items.

Have you considered thrifting?

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Not only has thrift shopping become socially acceptable, its also becoming a trend to find out who can land the best deals. You can be sure you’ll find the best brands for less at Goodwill. We make sure that our stores are clean, well organized and stocked full of awesome finds.

Since I started working at Goodwill, I have scored some major bargains! Like the BCBG MaxAzria dress priced for $8.99 with the tags still on it; or the Sarah Jessica Parker Smitten purse I found for $3.99. Both of which would have retailed well over $100. What’s even better than the savings, is the countless compliments I receive on these items!

In my years shopping Goodwill stores and filing through the racks and shelves of endless treasures  I’ve come up with some tips that I want to share with you. I promise, once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

TIPS THAT CAN HELP STRETCH YOUR BUDGET AND BECOME A THRIFT SHOPPING STAR

  • Plan and map out your trip: Visit Goodwill’s website to find the locations closest to you. Also, keep a running lists of wants and needs so you know what to look for. Need a lamp for your guest bedroom? New bookshelf for the den? Your list will help guide you if you decide to stop by a store.
  • Time is your friend: Be willing to look, for a long time, through a lot of stuff. Thrift stores have great finds, but great finds mean diligent hunting.
  • Try it on: Or at least do a rough measurement. It’s better to get something too big that can be tailored than something too small that can only be sewn into something else or given away.
  • Keep an open mind: Think creatively because everything can be altered, layered, or turned into and entirely different piece of fabulous clothing.
  • Buy what you LOVE: Keep personal style in mind since it’s easy to forget what you’ll actually wear and get excited about something that seems cool on the rack, but isn’t when you get it home.
  •  Check Labels: Look for brand names as these are items that are usually high quality and made to last.
  • Get creative: People are getting more and more creative with thrifted finds with the help of sites like Pinterest! Spot an old brass lamp? A little spray paint goes a long way. For those who have basic sewing skills, a ladies skirt or even a tablecloth can easily be turned into an adorable dress! Keep your eyes peeled for fabrics that appeal to you.
  • Shop Often. With thousands of items donated every day, you never know what’s in store!
  • Get some, give some:  Keep your wardrobe from overflowing by practicing “one item in, one item out.” Donate what no longer fits in your closet to the Goodwill store you just purchased from!

Thrifting is fun, helps you save money and best of all proceeds from the sale of items in Goodwill’s retail stores help fund job training programs and career services for people with special needs in the community. It also keeps perfectly usable goods out of local landfills-the ultimate recycling practice!

What are you waiting for? Visit one of Goodwill’s stores today!

Do you have any  “thrifting” tips?

Think Before You Donate this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving and for many local residents, the holiday season means a time to give back and donate gently-used clothing, toys, books and other accessories to charity.

Goodwill encourages residents to do their homework and find out where your donations are going before making the choice to donate. Many times the charity bins found in store parking lots and strip malls benefit  for-profit companies that sell your donations to Third World countries.

 

When you donate to Goodwill, you can feel confident that your donations are helping people right here in our communities. Proceeds from the revenue of donated goods in Goodwill’s area retail stores help people with special needs get to work.

There are 23 convenient donation centers throughout Southern and Central NJ and Philadelphia. A donation attendant can help unload your donations and give you a receipt for tax purposes. For added convenience, you can access your donation history, reprint individualized receipts and donation reports using Goodwill’s online automated iDonate system.

GOODWILL’S DONATION CYCLE

1. You donate gently-used items to Goodwill.

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2. We sell them in our retail stores.

3. Revenue from their sale fund important job training programs that help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages gain marketable job skills.

4. Graduates of our job training programs secure competitive jobs in the community and become proud, tax paying members of the workforce.

As always, thank you for donating to Goodwill! Together we are building stronger communities through the power of work.