NOW OPEN: Goodwill’s Outlet Store

goodwill outlet store sign

It’s official. Goodwill’s Outlet Store is NOW OPEN at 330 Benigno Blvd. in Bellmawr, NJ. Customers can experience a new way to shop Goodwill-BUY THE POUND. Unless otherwise marked, merchandise is sold for 99 cents per pound. Select items, like furniture, may be individually priced.

Do you enjoy any of the following?

• Thrift shopping
• Huge Bargains on clothing and household items
• Rummaging
• Repurposing items into crafty new things you find on Pinterest

close up of pods 2Well, if you do, then a trip to the Goodwill Outlet Store is what you need in your life! Come prepared to shop. The Outlet Store is not set up like other Goodwill stores. Pods/bins of merchandise are brought out onto the sales floor approximately every two hours so shoppers can sort through and pick their best bargains. The pods are chock-full of clothing, housewares, toys, books, shoes…you name it and you can probably find it!

Here’s how it works:
• Browse through the pods to find treasures galore!floor shot 1
• When you are ready to check out, head to one of the three checkout counters.
• Place all individually priced items on the register counter.
• Push your cart onto the scale.
• Step away from the scale to let the cashier weigh and ring up your purchase.

It’s that easy! And you can feel good about shopping Goodwill’s Outlet Store. By shoppingdavid goodwill proud Goodwill, you help keep items out of local landfills and support a great cause. Proceeds from the sale of donated items support Goodwill’s job training programs and career services that help local residents with special needs get to work.

 

Here are some other helpful tips to know before you shop!

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Payment
The Outlet Store accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. You may also use gift certificates issued by Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ & Philadelphia. The Store does not accept coupons or other special discounts.

Cash-and-Carry Policy
All merchandise and furniture are sold on a cash-and-carry basis. All merchandise is sold AS IS at the Outlet Store and all sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Have you shopped Goodwill’s Outlet store? What bargains did you find?

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.

    bridesmaid collage

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.

Spotlight on Success

Meet Judy Margulies. Judy M _fb

After 20+ years in the banking world, Judy decided to take an early retirement but shortly after realized she wasn’t ready for the world of retirement. She started searching for a new job but after several months with no job prospects, she became involved with the Women’s Opportunity Center of Burlington County.  They referred her to Goodwill’s JOB CLUB for career services.

From the moment she stepped through Goodwill’s doors, she felt at ease and confident that she was on the right path.  Goodwill Job Developer Sean Hinnegan quickly helped Judy update her resume, conduct job searches and follow up on submitted resumes.  Before long, she heard those magical words—“You’re hired.”

In her new position as branch manager for Beneficial Bank, Judy is responsible for all facets of branch management—ranging from new business development, sales, customer service and audits.  “This job means the world to me.  It has given me a sense of renewal and purpose,” she said.  Goodwill’s caring and compassionate staff of job developers certainly made a positive impression on Judy.

ABOUT JOB CLUB job-search
JOB CLUB provides local job seekers with the resources needed to conduct a successful job search-at no cost to them. JOB CLUB is held every Tuesday and Wednesday at Goodwill offices in Stratford and Maple Shade. Free and unlimited access to Internet-ready computers for conducting online research and job searches; to local job postings and career fair information; and to phone lines and fax machines is available. Come one, come all, our employment specialists and job developers will assist you in formulating a plan for career success! Call 856.439.022 for more information.

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Goodwill’s JOB CLUB meets:

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
222 White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2835 Route 73, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

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.

Go Green this Holiday Season at Goodwill

Did you know that each year between Thanksgiving and the New Year, Americans generate an extra one million tons of waste per week? Holiday cards, wrapping paper, unwanted gifts and more are tossed to the curbside and make their way to local landfills.

Help reduce the amount of waste generated during the holidays by shopping at and donating to Goodwill. Goodwill is the perfect place to shop, whether you’re looking for something new to wear to a holiday party, home décor to make your house merry and bright or DIY gifts. And remember– rather than toss unwanted gifts from family or friends (like the pink bunny pajamas in A Christmas Story), donate them to Goodwill. It could be just what someone else is looking for!

Here are some simple tips to help reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season.

  •  DIY gift baskets: Goodwill always has a variety of baskets to choose from to create unique gift baskets like these from My Delicious Ambiguity Blog.  My favorite is the spa gift basket!
Spa Gift Basket
Spa basket from My Delicious Ambiguity
  • Homemade wrapping paper: If every American family wrapped just three presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. So, instead of buying expensive wrapping paper, wrap presents with recycled items like old book pages, colorful pages torn from magazines or newspaper, paper shopping bags, etc… Check out some of these ideas from The Living Green Solution.
Paper wrapping paper from The Living Green Solution
Holiday decor from The Goodwill Gal
  • Holiday Serving Ware: With cookie exchanges and other festive parties, there is baking and cooking galore. Use holiday platters and plates from Goodwill to create beautiful cookie platters or potluck dishes to give as hostess gifts.
DIY Cookie Platters from the Williams Sonoma blog.

Are you planning on going green this holiday season?

 

Share the Holiday Cheer with Goodwill This Year

Goodwill client Bobby McFadden presenting Santa with a card at last year’s Holiday Party.

The holiday season is upon us and everyone at Goodwill is looking forward to our Annual Client Holiday Party. This year’s event will be on December 13, at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken, NJ. It is a day of food, music and dancing with Goodwill’s clients coming together to celebrate the season. Santa and his elf even make a visit to give the guests a special gift!

The holiday season, for most of us, is a time spent with friends, family and loved ones. But for many of Goodwill’s clients, this is the only holiday experience they have.

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In the spirit of giving, we invite you to participate in our Adopt-a-Client Program.  By making a $25 donation, you will provide lunch and a holiday gift for one of Goodwill’s hard working clients. You can make a secure donation online at http://bit.ly/donatetogoodwill. Please be sure to type in “Client Holiday Party” in the feedback section.

We thank you for considering to take part in this Goodwill holiday tradition.

Wishing you peace, joy, and love during this holiday season,

~Goodwill Staff

Goodwill’s Pin It to Win It Costume Contest

Create a Costume at Goodwill and You Could Win a $100 Gift Card!

Have you decided what you’re being for Halloween this year?

Some of this year’s most popular costumes will be Catwoman, Tan Lady, the Royal Couple and the really popular, Zombie. While you can’t go wrong with any of these great ideas the classic costumes like a hippie, pirate or 80s rock star are terrific too.

The BEST thing about those costume ideas and more are they can be created at Goodwill! Why fall for the high prices of fancy Halloween Costume stores when you can go green and spend less $$ on a creative DIY costume made with items from Goodwill.

At Goodwill, we have all of your costume needs at the best prices. Come into any of Goodwill’s 20 retail stores and see what treasures you can find.  Mix n’ match clothing and accessories…from creepy, to funky, to retro looks or create a silly, scary or outlandish costume. The possibilities are endless!

And this year, you can enter your completed costume look in Goodwill’s Pin It to Win It Costume Contest for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! It’s simple. Follow GoodwillNJ on Pinterest. Pin a photo of yourself dressed in your costume to any of your Pinterest boards and include the word Goodwill Halloween in the description by October 31, 2012. Click here for more details.

So whatever your inspiration is, or if you need some, find your costume at Goodwill!

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Extra: All Goodwill stores have costume catalogs at the registers filled with costume ideas AND the items you need to create the costume. You can also visit us at www.goodwillnj.org/halloween  or follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for A Costume a Day the Goodwill Way.

So what are you waiting for?! Head to Goodwill today to find your Halloween costume.

What are you being this year? Have you created a DIY Halloween costume from Goodwill in the past?

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