Glitter Sale 2014: Little Black Dress

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 30, 2014

Every woman needs a little black dress. Coco Chanel made the dress a wardrobe staple over 80 years ago and since then everyone from Audrey Hepburn to  Princess Diana has found a way to make this look their own. This year at the Glitter Sale you can find a designer Versace black dress or even a vintage LBD from the 1950’s to wear everyday or to holiday parties. Below are some selections for sale this year!

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill. Sign up to receive blog posts at

And don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook event for early access to previews! 

Photography by Brett Doss

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Meet Erik Albidress: Makeup Artist

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 29, 2014

is a self-taught professional Special Effects Makeup Artist. He has worked on feature films, music videos, zombie run events, art shows, photo shoots, and more. Earlier this year he won the Crypticon Seattle Makeup Contest, and has had work featured on King5’s Evening Magazine.

We gave Erik some of the Halloween makeup products that we’re selling in our stores this year, which he combined with some basic household supplies to create a ghoulish (and wonderful) “Comic Book Zombie”. Below you’ll find the materials he used, and a little how-to he put together for us. 

Materials from Goodwill
Materials from home
Blue Superhero Mask
Foam Sponges/Wedges
Blue Seahawks Wig
Baby Powder
Black Temporary Hair Color Spray
1" Chip Brush
Basic Crème Makeups (black, white, green)
Zombie Flesh (gray)
Hanging Zombie Eye
Liquid Latex







Before you start creating your look, wash your face, apply a lightweight moisturizer, and apply a layer of your color of foundation. This will keep makeup from getting trapped in dry areas, and will create a barrier between your skin and the makeup, making it easier to remove afterwards.

STEP ONE: Precut random tears in the rubber superhero mask. Put the wig on, then the cap over it, and pull hair out through the tears.

STEP TWO: Mix the liquid latex with a bit of oatmeal to make a more interesting skin texture.

STEP THREE: Using the foam wedge, lightly dab the latex on the chin and neck area—one layer at a time—making sure each layer is drying for about two minutes before applying the next layer. By the third layer, you should be able to twist the sponge on the skin, and carefully pull away at the latex to make creepy skin!

STEP FOUR: Lightly brush on some baby powder over the latex to keep it from sticking.

STEP FIVE: Grab a foam wedge, and tear away the edges so it has a little roughness to it. This will help add a more blotchy texture with crème makeups.

STEP SIX: Use the green and white crème makeup on the torn sponge to go over the general chin/neck area, and use the gray to define areas you want to appear sunken, like cheekbones and neck. Only use black in the areas you want darkest—like around the eye (that isn’t dangling, muahahahaha) 

STEP SEVEN: Use more baby powder to set the makeup.

STEP EIGHT: For the dangling zombie eye, carefully cut around the fake eye so it can hang over the mask, and still cover your (or your subject’s) real eye. Once it’s in place, cover it with fake blood or thickened fake blood to hold it in place.

STEP NINE: Use some of the white crème makeup to add some highlights to the superhero mask—and then sparingly spray over the mask with the black hair color to darken it up and add some contrast and a gritty look.

STEP TEN: Cut down the 1” chip brush so it has a bit of texture—get some fake blood on it—and splatter on some blood!

Erik did a killer job with this zombie superhero, but feel free to take his method, and make it your own! Take some of his tips (like oatmeal + liquid latex = texture) and experiment!

Once the night is over and you’re done being undead, use warm water and a gentle face soap to remove as much makeup as possible. If there’s still some left, use an eye makeup remover, baby oil, or rub some shaving cream into the areas where there’s still makeup residue.

When it comes to costuming, it’s often the details like makeup and accessories that take a great costume idea to the next level—and once you’ve brought it to the next level—don’t forget to enter it in our 5th Annual Costume Contest!

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Glitter Sale 2014: Discover Designer Jewelry at the Glitter Sale!

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 26, 2014

The Glitter Sale is a perfect opportunity to shop designer, vintage, and unique one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry for your holiday parties and events. This year our designer pieces include the classics like Tiffany and Versace along with everyday essentials like J. Crew and more.  And one of the best parts is that all proceeds from the sale benefit Goodwill’s free job training and education!  View some of our favorite pieces for sale below!

And don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook event for early access to previews! 

Kirks Folly Brooch

J. Crew Cuff Bracelet 

Photography by Brett Doss

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Glitter Sale 2014: Creating style with Coach!

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 25, 2014

Coach handbags and shoes are a classic wardrobe staple. The handbags range from the iconic vintage hobos to mini totes so you can find the ideal fit for each season. Discover the perfect Coach handbag or accessory at this year’s Glitter Sale – check out some of the Coach items for sale! 

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill.  Sign up to receive blog posts at

And don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook event for early access to previews! 

Photography by Brett Doss.

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Meet Ron Leamon: Professional Costume Designer

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 23, 2014

Ron Leamon is a local costume designer with over 30 years of experience in films, television, commercials, and live events. His work has been showcased at MOHAI and the Festival International Cinéma Costumes et Mode in Paris which celebrates costume design in film. He has designed costumes for actors like Alan Arkin, James Earl Jones, David Lynch, Dolly Parton, and Parker Posey. Leamon’s works have showcased Seattle and the great Northwest in feature films, and he’s an active participant and leading advocate in the northwest film industry—and he was kind enough to answer a few costume questions for us:


What is your favorite aspect of creating a new wardrobe or costume for someone?
The collaboration between the talent/client and the concept/character.

What are some projects you’ve worked on? Which was your favorite?
Most recently, I designed, “LAGGIES,” a movie filmed in Seattle starring Kiera Knightley and directed by Lynn Shelton. Other films and television shows include Stephen King’s Rose Red, Under one Roof, the pilot of Twin Peaks, Past Midnight, The Architect, Switchmas (Ira Finklestein’s Christmas), Grassroots, Man Choo (Late Autumn). One of my favorite was an early one called, “The Feud.” It was very 50’s /60’s stylized and had an amazing cast which became noted names in film.

Do you ever rely on Goodwill and thrift stores for pieces to costumes?
Oh yes, many times. Especially when we are looking for worn or retro look. What great resources to “treasure hunt” for that perfect garment!

How do you celebrate Halloween? What is your favorite aspect of the holiday?
My partner and I love to decorate the inside house with our Halloween villages. My favorite aspect is the costume parties, of course.

Do you plan on creating a costume for yourself? If so, can you share what it’ll be?
My costume is always last minute, since we are always working on Halloween. I love Liberace.

What aspects of costume creation do you think people spend too much time on?
I think sometimes too much attention is spent on makeup and not enough on detail. Accessorize, that always helps. I remember the first time I saw Tippi Hendren  “The Birds” costume at a party. It was original. It was detailed down to her pearls, handbag, gloves and hair style. Not to mention the birds sewn on pecking at her clothing.

What part of a Halloween costume would you say is most important?
Conveying the character/story – whom or what you are.  Pay attention to color and details.

What advice can you offer to the novice costume maker as they hit the thrift stores?
Have a reference of what you are trying to accomplish. Set a budget. You know what your skill level is with regards to craft and sewing. And, most important, have fun!

What are some of your favorite Halloween costumes you’ve had?
I made a friend Endora of Bewitched.  I made myself a hotpant Liberace sequined costume with boots and cape.

What trends do you think we’ll see unfold in Halloween costumes this year?
Ice bucket challenge, Hunger Games, a continuation of zombies, Frozen, LEGO, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

For more Halloween costume ideas and to enter our 5th Annual Costume Contest, please go to

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