Goodwill spokesperson and ambassador Evette Rios was featured as a frugal celebrity by Parade Magazine’s web site this week. 

Evette has been an avid shopper at Goodwill stores for many years, and since 2012, has been an ambassador for our Goodwill stores. Ms. Rios learned about Goodwill, and frugal shopping as a child from her father.  To decorate their home, “he re-purposed anything we got from Goodwill.”  In fact, she’s shopping resale stores right now as she helps to redo her parents’ place in Brooklyn, which was damaged in Superstorm Sandy. 

“I’ve found that when you’re in a store like Goodwill, there is so much stuff that you can’t see the forest for the trees,” she says. Rather than get overwhelmed, Rios wants people to remember one tip: figure out what you’re looking for, and only look at those items in the store. “So if you only need a side table and chairs,” she adds, “only look at side tables and chairs.”

As Evette has learned, Goodwill stores support her commitment to re-use and re-purpose. And that helped Goodwill keep 66 million pounds of unwanted goods out of landfills last year. Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey operates 39 stores that feature new and gently-used clothing and household goods. We can be found in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District of New York as well as in Northern New Jersey.

Shopping at Goodwill supports our mission to offer employment and training to persons with disabilities and other barriers to work and provide after-school and summer programs for children and youth. Your purchases and donations also help build a healthier planet, promoting the re-use and re-purposing of resources and keeping usable items out of landfills.  

To find a store near you, use our store locator. And thanks for shopping at Goodwill!



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