Make the most out of your commute: South

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 30, 2015

As a South-End resident, you know about the hidden gems in your neighborhood.  Have you discovered Goodwill’s donation sites? After a quick look at our donation guidelines, stash your donations in your car, and stop by on the way home from work. You have lots of nearby choices for convenient donation.

The debate continues to rage: is Renton on the Eastside or not? We did include Renton in our Eastside commuter blog, but it’s nice enough to name twice. Feel free to stop by our donation center and store in east Renton, convenient to I-405.

Our Burien Donation Site is convenient for you if you live in—or drive through—the southwest side of town. It’s also close to 509, the back road to SeaTac. In addition, you’ll discover a Goodwill store and Job Training and Education Center at the same location.

At the end of your journey south, you’ll find our Southcenter donation site and store, just minutes away from the mall.  (Although after you visit us, you may not need to shop at the mall!) Happy donating and thrifting!

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Back-to-School Thrifting

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 27, 2015

Thrifting is one of the smartest ways to assemble a back-to-school wardrobe. With this year’s fall fashions channeling the ‘90s and ‘70s, thrift stores offer vintage items from both eras, plus good-condition contemporary clothing.

Whether you’re a parent, a teen or a college student, check out the tips below to assemble a stylish and practical fall wardrobe.

Fall shopping survival
First, inventory your closet (or your child’s closet). You’ll find clothes that can transition to fall with some layering, and you may find items to donate. The next step is making a list of what you need to buy and creating a budget. This is an ideal way for parents and kids to talk through clothing costs and choices.

For parents of younger children, check out the Written Reality mom-blog for a common-sense and budget-friendly list of kids’ wardrobe essentials by quantity.

Fashionable thrifting
Thrifting is the solution for a college or high-school wardrobe that’s budget-friendly and as unique as you are.

For tween and teen girls seeking fashion inspiration, Teen Vogue’s back-to-school gallery—featuring tween fashion bloggers—shows real people wearing very thriftable outfits.

Avid thrifter, YouTuber and UCLA student Amy Lee (Vagabond Youth) has realistic advice about college closet essentials, combining fashion with comfortable choices for crunch times. For thrift-specific tips, take a look at YouTuber Tiffany’s Thrifting Through College Show 2, Thrift Store Haul, which also includes a guy’s perspective.

In-fashion basics
These fall basics are fashionable for everyone, and easy and fun to thrift.

  • Layering. Flannel shirts never really went out of style in the Northwest. This ideal layering fabric is in style everywhere this fall. Denim jackets are also great layering pieces for all ages, along with oversized cardigan sweaters for women and girls.
  • Graphic T-shirts, alone or layered under flannel or hoodies. Visit Goodwill to find your own unique and vintage graphic tee. Why buy an imitation when you can have the real thing?
  • Athletic wear with a ‘70’s twist. Athletic attire continues to be popular for guys and girls, including sweatpants, hoodies and yoga pants. There’s also a revival of sports-oriented labels beloved in the ‘70’s, along with polo shirts of all kinds—often found at thrift shops.
  • Jeanspick your favorite style(s). For women and girls, boyfriend (high-waisted, straight-leg) jeans and the perpetual skinny jeans predominate, but you’ll see a return to flares too, in line with the 70’s revival. For men and boys, straight-leg, skinny and boot-cut jeans all continue to be popular. 

Accessories and more
Beyond the basics, floral-print scarves and metallic necklaces are stylish accessories for girls and women. The bohemian 70’s chic look continues, so keep your eye out for anything fringed or flowing.

This fall’s fashion variety gives you ample opportunity for fantastic thrifting! Happy shopping!

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Make the most out of your commute: Kitsap Peninsula

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 24, 2015

If you live on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, your commute may be all about ferries (catching them)–or about avoiding ferry traffic.  If you’d like to drop off donations while commuting, you have a choice of five different Goodwill sites serving “the natural side of Puget Sound,” in the words of the Kitsap tourism website.

If you reside on “the Rock,” consider stopping by the Bainbridge Donation Site on High School Road on your way to or from the ferry or the local high school. 

Drive northwest on SR 305 to the main part of the peninsula, you’ll find yourself in the historic town of Poulsbo, where you’ll find a donation site on Viking Avenue and close to the Ace Hardware.  For those further south, the Silverdale Donation Site is near to State Highway 3 and Route 303 intersection.

If you’d like to thrift as well as donate, come to Bremerton, where Goodwill has a store and donation site in the same location on Wheaton Way (also known as Route 303), along with a Job Training and Education Center.  If you call Port Orchard home, you’re in luck as well. There’s a Goodwill donation site at the Towne Square Mall.

Stop off and donate items on your way home. Your visit could be an excellent way to bypass some ferry traffic! 

Don’t forget to check our donation guidelines before you go.

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Tips from Declutterella: Help your kids declutter

by Elena Nebreda,
August 21, 2015

Keeping things simple, prioritizing and making decisions are great skills to have for life that you can teach your children by practicing regular decluttering. One key to getting them involved is to make a game of it and let them see what they can get out of it. Having a conversation allowing them to decide which objects should go, why and what they should substitute them for is a great way to empower your children and give them room to grow. Here are some simple and effective tips:

  1. Encourage your children to take on their decluttering responsibilities. Many times adults want to impose their systems without asking children, who may have ideas for themselves. Listen and observe their reasoning and work with them. Watch them make their own decisions about what they no longer need of want.

  2. Have a donation bin or a space where they can voluntarily drop off some toys or clothes that they don’t want anymore. You will be amazed how well this works without even asking them. Give a good example and put some items you no longer want in bin!

  3. Let them have a garage sale. This excites most kids because they get to make a few dollars and interact with neighbors. Money handling, selling and negotiating are very useful things they can learn from the experience, and this will increase their sense of independence. You can even encourage them to donate their proceeds to an organization they like.

  4. Explain how some other kids can benefit from their donation. This is a great opportunity to foster a sense of caring for others, even though they may not know them or meet them. Bring your children with you to the donation center and explain how it works.

  5. Get them excited about the new materials, clothes and toys that they can get once they make room for them by decluttering the old ones. You can schedule a shopping trip at Goodwill right after the excursion to the donation center. If you ask them to get you a shopping list about what they want this will focus their attention on what they will be getting and the old items will be much more quickly forgotten.

Saying goodbye to favorite items can be especially tough for children since they haven’t gone through that many life transitions yet so be gentle and patient with them! You will see that a soft, gradual and consistent approach works much better with them than radical changes. Decluttering becomes a no big deal for them when you make it a regular habit!

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Make the most out of your commute: Up North

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 19, 2015

If you live north of the city of Seattle, you’ve become a savvy commuter by necessity. You know when to take 99 and when I-5 might actually be faster, and you’re up well before dawn to get a jump-start on traffic.

When it comes to easy and efficient locations for donation, Seattle Goodwill has got you covered. You’ll find our donation sites all along the I-5 corridor and at other commuter-friendly locations within your communities. As you’re preparing to donate, take a look at our donation guidelines. 

Wherever you live up North, chances are good that you’ll find a nearby donation site:

Live in Edmonds?  Commute there by ferry? Our donation site and store are located right on Edmonds Way. Why not take a later ferry and do some thrifting, or donate and then enjoy coffee or dinner in downtown Edmonds?

You’ll find several ways to visit us in Lynnwood, with a donation site and attached store just minutes from I-5, at the intersection of 99 and 196th St. (524), near Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University – Lynnwood. You’ll also find a Goodwill donation site right near scenic Martha Lake Park and the intersection of I-5 and 164th St. SW.

If you love thrifting, you know that Everett is a great place to shop (home to the Goodwill Everett Outlet and two Goodwill stores).  Our donation sites are located onsite at our two stores, so stop by our Everett South Donation Site near the intersection of Evergreen Way (525) and 99 or our Everett Downtown Donation Site on Hoyt Ave., just off of I-5’s exit 192.

Marysville is home to a Goodwill store and donation site, located near I-5’s exit 200, on old Highway 99 (State Ave).  Your donations help support Goodwill’s education and job training programs, including those offered at the Marysville Goodwill Job Training and Education Center, also located onsite.

Does your home lie even further north?  We’re there for you!  You’ll find our donation sites on Valley Mall Way near I-5 in Mount Vernon (along with our store and Job Training and Education Center), and in Anacortes and Monroe (convenient to state route 20 and Chain Lake Road—near Route 2, respectively).  The Monroe location also includes our store

Good news: you have donation opportunities almost all the way to the Canadian border! You’ll find our furthest north location in Bellingham, home to a donation site, store and Job Training and Education Center.

You endure a tough commute, so drop off your items and enjoy a relaxing evening—and thank you so much for taking the time to donate and support job training and educationStay tuned for tips on donation locations along other Seattle-area commuting routes.

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