The Goodwill Treasure Hunt Contest

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
March 6, 2015

A lot of our customers compare thrift shopping to a treasure hunt—and we wholeheartedly agree with them. There’s nothing like the feeling of sifting through a rack and finding the perfect item. The magical item that is not only exactly what you were looking for (or maybe exactly what you didn’t know you were looking for), but at a great price.

To celebrate the art of the treasure hunt, we’re currently having a contest! You’ve got until 11:59pm PST on Monday, March 16th to enter to win up to $250 in gift cards to Anthony’s Restaurants (one of our favorite local restaurants) and Seattle Goodwill! Entering is simple—you can do it via the form below, or via our Facebook page at this link:—all you need to do is fill out the form with your first and last name, email address, a caption, and your photo!

Invite your friends to vote for your entry—as the three prize winners will be selected by a panel of Seattle Goodwill staff from the top ten publicly voted entries!

And don’t forget that our sixth annual Designer Accessory Sale is happening on the March 13th and 14th at our University District location! The treasures you find at that sale can be entered in our contest! RSVP to our Facebook event page for early previews!

Designer Accessory Sale finds are wonderful entries for the contest, but any Goodwill-found items are welcome in our Treasure Hunt! It could be your awesome Glitter Sale find, that perfect piece of vintage Pyrex, a refurbished piece of furniture, or even the hard-to-find analog electronic components that allow you to keep your throwback gaming system up and running! All Goodwill treasures are welcome!

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Designer Accessory Sale 2015 Preview: Casual Shoes

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 27, 2015

Our Designer Accessory Sale is right around the corner! Friday and Saturday, March 13th and 14th, our University District store will be hosting this sale for the sixth year in a row - and there are some awesome items lined up! 

Doors will open at 9am, and store staff will be restocking the shelves all day both Friday and Saturday to ensure shoppers have an great selection to choose from! There will be accessories for both men and women, including shoes, hats, handbags, ties, belts, and more! 

We'll be releasing more previews (think: heels and more handbags!) as we get closer to the sale! RSVP to our Facebook Event to get early previews - and subscribe to our blog (to the right) to get the previews sent directly to your inbox! 

Here's a selection of a few of the casual shoes that will be available:

Juicy Couture

Ivanka Trump



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Designer Accessory Sale 2015 Preview: Black Bags

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 25, 2015

It's time for our sixth annual Designer Accessory Sale! Join us at our University District store Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th for an outstanding selection of real and faux designer goods. 

The store doors will open up at 9am for early bird shoppers, and store staff will be refreshing the racks all day on both Friday and Saturday so shoppers will have an excellent selection no matter what time they come in. The sale will have a great selection of handbags, shoes, accessories, ties, hats, belts and more for both men and women! Designer brands will include names like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Tory Burch, Fendi, Cole Haan, Marc Jacobs, Nine West, and more. 

We'll be releasing more previews as we get closer to the sale! RSVP to our Facebook Event to get early previews - and subscribe to our blog (to the right) to get the previews sent directly to your inbox! 

Here's a selection of some of the black bags that will be available: 

Fendi PurseFendiCole Haan

Cole HaanB Makowski

B. Makowski Michael Kors

Michael Kors


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Oscar Glam, Goodwill Finds

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
February 21, 2015

If you love the movies—or just like a good excuse for a party—mark your calendar for the Oscars on Sunday, February 22. Here are a few ways to add glam and sparkle to your Oscar Night festivities.

Dress Up
Embrace old school Hollywood glamour and dress up! Encourage your guests to thrift their outfits and hold a best-dressed vote, with prizes for the most outrageous, most classic, and more. Visit Goodwill for lots of clothing options. You’ll find suits and the occasional tuxedo. Choose an over-the-top formal dress—or pair a simple sheath dress with some striking jewelry. For more inspiration from Oscar winners of many eras, take a look at this fun overview of best actress dresses from 1929 to the present. Details magazine presents a men’s Oscar fashion overview, featuring leading men including Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Poitier.

Metallic tones are regularly used in the sets and decorations at the Academy Awards—so why not follow suit? Cover a wall in gold and silver balloons. It’s easy to decorate vases, punch bowls and champagne bottles with spray-on glue and glitter.

The Everyday Celebrating blog offers Oscar decorating ideas, including this one: Buy Ken dolls at Goodwill, then paint them with gold paint, and create your own mock Oscar awards, or top them with real or fake flowers for a humorous centerpiece. For another playful touch, attach bow ties to thrifted champagne flutes.

Food and drink
While you and your guests watch the stars stroll on the red carpet, serve delicious and color-coordinated cocktails/mocktails, made with in-season pomegranates.

Pick up some extra punchbowls from Goodwill and make a flavored popcorn bar. Prepare a delectable and portable treat by making tiramisu dessert shooters in shot glasses, as featured on the blog Sprinkle Bakes.

If you’re a true movie fanatic, tie in your food choices with the nominated films. One approach is Spoon University’s nine foods to eat at your Oscar Party—featuring pink funfetti cupcakes in honor of the rose-colored Grand Budapest Hotel.

You’ll enjoy the Oscar extravaganza even more with your own ballots or bingo. For game prizes, consider movie theater candy or DVDs of favorite movies, available from Goodwill.

Regardless of who wins and who loses, the Oscars transform a humdrum February Sunday into an anticipated, festive evening—and so will you, as you host a fabulous Oscar party!

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Festivities and Fun for Chinese New Year

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
February 20, 2015

Chinese New Year was February 19, but the celebration typically lasts 10 days, giving you many options for planning and hosting your own party. Here’s some quick inspiration:

Celebrate in the ID
Gather friends and family for all-day Lunar New Year activities (11 am – 4 pm) in Seattle’s International District (ID) on February 21. This family-friendly event celebrates the diversity of Seattle’s Asian communities, and features the traditional dragon and lion dances, along with many different cultural performances. Visitors can also enjoy the popular food walk with $2 tastes at neighborhood restaurants.

Chinese New Year Party Ideas
Host festivities at your home, and welcome the Year of the Sheep…Goat…Ram? A single Chinese character represents all three, so take your pick! Clothing and decorations Encourage your guests to wear red, associated with happiness and good fortune in Chinese traditions. If you’re lacking that essential color in your wardrobe, you can find lots of choices at Goodwill. Look for red vases as well, and fill them with fresh flowers.

Serve Chinese tea, available from Seattle retailers including Ballard’s Floating Leaves Tea, where you can sample up to three teas for $5. Need a new teapot? We've got plenty!

Choose takeout from one of Seattle’s many Chinese restaurants, or make your own favorites. The Food Network’s Ching-He Huang offers more than 170 recipes online. Surprise your guests with customized fortune cookies from Seattle’s own Tsue Chong Company. If you’d like to indulge, while branching out into different Asian food traditions, order a delicious dessert from Hood Famous Bakeshop. This online bakery specializes in a wide range of Asian and Hawaiian-influenced desserts, including a rich purple ube cheesecake.

If you have younger kids at your party, make your own Chinese dragon and then parade around with it. Here’s a colorful version constructed with paper plates and featured on the blog Arteascuola. For other child-friendly dragon and sheep/goat crafts, check out the options on Pinterest. Teens and adults may enjoy some Chinese astrology – available in a quick-read version on many online sites, or from the trend-setting Astro Twins, whose 2015 horoscope book includes Chinese signs.

Cap off your party with a Mahjong tournament – visit Goodwill to find extra sets.

If it’s true that we make your own luck, you’ll have made plenty by beginning the new year with hospitality, humor and fun!

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