SOURCE: Goodwill Industries International

September 04, 2007 14:54 ET

Save on Fall Trends During The Bon-Ton Stores' Goodwill Sale

The Bon-Ton Stores and Goodwill Industries Partner to Help Put People to Work

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 4, 2007) - Save on trapeze jackets, wide-leg pants, sheer cosmetics and other fall fashion essentials during The Bon-Ton Stores' semi-annual Goodwill Sale. From September 12 to 24, customers who donate clean, gently-used clothing and home textiles at participating locations will receive coupons toward the purchase of new merchandise.

Among the fall fashion trends from The Bon-Ton that are sure to become new fall favorites, you can find:

Architectural Shapes -- Trapeze, a-line and swing silhouettes are among the hottest trends this fall. Cropped jackets in these styles feature clean lines and angular shapes. This style is a great way to update a basic suit or dress pant with new proportions.

Shine -- Watch for metallic and lurex threads in clothing and lots of shine in accessories. You'll see handbags and shoes in glossy patent leather with a pearlized sheen. Jewelry will have a strong metallic feel; look for bold statements in both silver and gold.

Berries & Greys -- Shades and layers of grey, including dark charcoal, muted dove and ashy slate, will be found in a variety of styles and fabrics. Berry tones will be a popular "accent" color in tops and accessories. Pinks, purples and berry-toned shades of red will be prominent this fall.

Customers can drop off donations at all Bon-Ton stores, or at participating Goodwill stores and donation centers. For each donated item, they will receive a coupon good for 20 percent off apparel and cosmetics, with minimal exclusions. The donated clothing and textiles will be sold in Goodwill retail stores and the revenues will help fund local Goodwill job training programs.

"You can benefit from huge savings on new styles just by donating the things that are taking up closet space," says George W. Kessinger, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "And, by cleaning out your closet for Goodwill, you are investing in your community by supporting employment programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year."

The popular retail promotion is a collaboration between The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., and Goodwill Industries International. In 2006 alone, the semi-annual Goodwill Sale generated more than 7.5 million pounds of donated merchandise. With these donations, Goodwill earned an estimated $10.5 million in revenues for its job training and career services.

"This semi-annual promotion is a wonderful benefit to our customers. It comes at a great time of year. Our customers can update their look for the fall season and receive a substantial discount while donating items to a great cause," says Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "The revenue generated by this donation enables Goodwill to help provide job training to people who are trying to enter the workforce. The Goodwill Sale exemplifies our commitment to the communities in which we operate."

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 278 stores, including nine furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates, and, under the Parisian nameplate, two stores in the Detroit, Michigan area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. Visit the web site at: www.bonton.com.

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 184 independent, community-based organizations in the U.S., Canada, and 14 other countries that provide job training and career services to people with disabilities, welfare recipients, and other job seekers. Goodwill places someone in a job every 56 seconds of every business day. Visit the web site at: www.goodwill.org.

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