Goodwill's new Upper East Side Donation Drop & Mini Shop is officially open | Upper East Site
Goodwill's new Upper East Side Donation Drop & Mini Shop is officially open | Upper East Site

Goodwill Officially Opens Third Upper East Side Thrift Shop

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Thousands of Upper East Siders now have a convenient place to donate old clothing and shop for new additions. New York City’s first Goodwill Mini Shop & Donation Drop celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

With a crisp blue sign announcing its presence at 1496-1498 First Avenue between East 78th and 79th Streets, the smaller-than-average Goodwill shop will accept donations of all types of “gently used, pre-loved” clothing and home goods, explained assistant manager Pamela Reid.

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Opening in Lenox Hill, the new shop will fill the gap between the charity’s two other Upper East Side locations, at 1704 Second Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets and 1114 First Avenue between East 61st and 62nd Streets, ensuring that everyone in the neighborhood has an accessible location.

Goodwill's Donation Drop & Mini Shop is located at 1496-1498 First Avenue between East 78th and 79th Streets | Upper East Site
Goodwill’s Mini Shop & Donation Drop is located at 1496-1498 First Avenue between East 78th and 79th Streets | Upper East Site

“Convenience is the main reason why people donate,” explained Katy Gaul-Stigge, Goodwill NYNJ’s CEO, at the grand opening. She and the company are hopeful that the Mini Shop & Donation Drop will serve 2,000 donors a month.

To donate, Upper East Siders can bring their items to the shop and simply place them in the iconic blue receiving boxes. An employee will present them will a donation receipt for tax purposes, then they can browse the store’s offerings, or be on their way.

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“It’s just that easy,” Reid laughed, adding that “a lot of donors live in the area.” Proving her point, an Upper East Sider walked in just a minute later to donate a bag of children’s toys.

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Pre-loved clothes, sunglasses, shoes and accessories are all available at Goodwill's new Mini Shop | Upper East Site
Pre-loved clothes, sunglasses, shoes and accessories are all available at Goodwill’s new Mini Shop | Upper East Site

“I’m going to come in all the time,” said Ashley, a neighborhood mom who lives just four blocks away from the new store. Normally donating a few times a year, and teaching her kids the importance of giving back, “I’m probably going to take another pass at my closet before Christmas.”

Guests gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, standing between racks of colorful clothing, shelves of shoes and handbags, and a glass display case of sunglasses in every style. With walls painted in the company’s signature blue, denim-colored designs decorated the small space, with a large thank you message behind the register.

“This is a resource for people to drop their donations of anything that they no longer need,” said Jose Medellin, Goodwill NYNJ’s director of communications. “They can give it a second life. That’s amazing.”

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Pre-loved clothes donated to Goodwill stock the racks of their new Mini Shop | Upper East Site
Pre-loved clothes donated to Goodwill stock the racks of their new Mini Shop | Upper East Site

Michael Feinman, the company’s regional vice president, called the Upper East Side “ideal” for the new Mini Shop & Donation Drop concept. “We want to be the preeminent place to do donations,” he said. “And frankly, be able to share with the community our mission, which is helping people with disabilities and barriers to employment gain independence through the power of work.”

Upper East Side State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, chair of the Committee on People with Disabilities, spoke before Gaul-Stigge cut the ribbon, telling those gathered that she was excited to support the opening, and that she had already spotted a holiday gift.

City Council Member Julie Menin, who represents the eastern half of the Upper East Side, also made remarks, saying, “We have so many people in dire need in the city.” With many city services on the chopping block as the city’s budget is decided, “that is why Goodwill really steps in and becomes more important than ever to help people in need.”

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright eyed this bedazzled police-style hat for a holiday gift | Upper East Site
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright eyed this bedazzled police-style hat for a holiday gift | Upper East Site

Founded in Brooklyn in 1915, Goodwill NYNJ has accepted donations for over a century, plus provided affordable clothing and employment assistance to people with disabilities.

“The best thing we can do is keep wearing these clothes,” Gaul-Stigge said, stressing the importance of donated clothing in a world where fast-fashion is creating last impacts on the environment.

Council Member Julie Menin and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright helped Goodwill NYNJ's CEO Katy Gaul-Stigge cut the ribbon for Thursday's grand opening | Upper East Site
Council Member Julie Menin and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright helped Goodwill NYNJ’s CEO Katy Gaul-Stigge cut the ribbon for Thursday’s grand opening | Upper East Site

Lining up to cut the ribbon — actually a scarf — with giant scissors, she added, “We’re excited to hopefully get lots of goods here so we can help save the planet and empower our workforce.”

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Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the Mini Shop & Donation Drop will prove to be both a convenient opportunity for neighbors to get rid of some clutter, and find the next new addition to their wardrobes.

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