6 ways you can make an impact while you holiday shop

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 22, 2015

Once the turkey is cold, and the stuffing is gone—in the wee hours of the Friday following Thanksgiving, many retailers roll out the holiday cheer with no abandon and just like that—Santa is in town. As for Goodwill, we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will open for regular hours on Black Friday. (We’re also holding off on the Christmas music in stores until then.)

There are many ways you can support Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Programs with your holiday shopping—which means the gifts and décor you purchase benefit the receiver as well as those served by our programs. Last year, we served over 8,700 individuals in our community!

Here are the ways you can support Seattle Goodwill with your holiday shopping:

All stores (excluding outlets) will have 50% off all donated goods on Black Friday! We’ll be open normal hours. This is a great opportunity to stock up on décor and all the pieces you need for your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) holiday projects!

While 24 stores, 10 Job Training and Education Centers, and over 40 donation sites may not seem like a small business, Seattle Goodwill is locally owned and operated. Our headquarters are in Seattle’s International District—and each store is supported by its local community. When you shop and donate at Seattle Goodwill, you’re creating a bigger impact by supporting job training and education opportunities right here in our community! Swing by your favorite neighborhood store or donation site on Small Business Saturday! (And PS. If you donate at our Sammamish Highlands site on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year, you can enter to win a prize valued at $100!)

You can support Seattle Goodwill in three ways this Cyber Monday:

  • Give Back Box
    • Seattle Goodwill is participating in Give Back Box! When you shop online, save your boxes, pack your donations in them, and print out a Give Back Box label—and have your donation shipped directly to us—at no cost to you! Print your label here.
  • Amazon Smile
    • Head to smile.amazon.com to do your Amazon holiday shopping, and select Seattle Goodwill as your preferred charitable organization! Amazon donates .5% of each eligible purchase to the organization of your choice. To participate in Amazon Smile, you do need to be sure to start from the smile.amazon.com URL!
  • Shop Online
    • About 3% of all donations to Seattle Goodwill, like collectibles, some jewelry, electronics, and designer goods are sold online in our eBay, Amazon, and shopgoodwill.com stores. Find a unique gift!

#GivingTuesday is a global day to celebrate giving—of all kinds! There are a few ways you can support Seattle Goodwill on Giving Tuesday—you can see the full list (and get reminders) by RSVPing to our Facebook event page. One big way we’d love your support is helping us get the word out about Giving Tuesday. You can donate a Tweet, Facebook post, or Tumblr post here: http://bit.ly/GivingTuesdaySGW

Happy holiday shopping—and thank you for supporting Goodwill!

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Glitter Sale 2015: The best of the rest

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 13, 2015

It is finally here—this weekend you can finally shop the Glitter Sale! Here are a few more of the amazing finds you can purchase at the sale. We hope to see you there!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @SeattleGoodwill and post photos of your great glitter finds at this year's sale using the hashtag #GlitterSale.

Photos by Brett Doss

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Glitter Sale 2015: Evening and Cocktail Dresses

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 12, 2015

What is a party or gala without a fabulous dress? This is the perfect time of year to shop for your holiday gatherings so you will have something that sparkles with the season. Check out some of the evening and cocktail dresses available this year at the Glitter Sale below. If you are planning on trying on a dress at the Glitter Sale think about wearing a leotard or swimsuit or legs to try on clothes since there are no dressing rooms. You also might consider bringing a friend who will give you honest feedback since shoppers will outnumber the mirrors!

Photography by Bret Doss

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Glitter Sale 2015: Tips for Shopping

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 12, 2015

The Glitter Sale is almost here!  So get ready to shop for cocktail and evening dresses, designer pieces along with amazing accessories and unique vintage items this weekend, November 14 and 15. There is also a selection of formal wear and designer clothes for men. Here is what you need to know before the doors open at 9:00 am!

  1. Admission to the sale is free and the sale is located at our Seattle store.
  2. Everyone gets a number! This year we will be repeating, on both sale days, our numbering system so that customers do not need to stand in line for prolonged periods of time. Everyone attending the sale this year gets a numbered wristband. Wristbands will be handed out to people in line for the sale around 7:45 each morning. If you arrive after 8:45, please go to the Glitter Sale table outside the store to get your number. The number acts as your entrance to the sale and your number to access the jewelry counter. Frequent announcements will be made over our PA system or sign up for text messaging, then grab a cup of coffee or lunch, and we will text you when your number is called.
  3. Customers can also sign up to receive text messages to track what number is being served.  Please text keyword "Goodwill123" to 91011.
  4. Limited parking is available in Goodwill lot and on the street.
  5. Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend, so don't worry if you're not the first through the door!
  6. Exchanges and returns on everything except jewelry can be made within seven days of purchase at any Seattle Goodwill store, excluding Goodwill Outlets. You will need the original receipt, and original tags need to be attached to the merchandise. All sales on jewelry are final and are not eligible for exchange. Each piece of jewelry is unique in material and style so there is not a way to verify that it is the original piece with the Goodwill tag.
  7. Wear a leotard, swimsuit or leggings to try on clothes since there are no dressing rooms.
  8. Bring a friend who will give you honest feedback—shoppers will vastly outnumber the mirrors!
  9. Pick up a blue mesh shopping bag when you arrive. (Shopping carts are not allowed in the Glitter Sale room.)
  10. Follow us on social media and post photos of your great glitter finds at this year's sale using the hashtag #glittersale.
  11. Bring water and snacks. There will also be a variety of food trunks on site that will also have food and drinks for purchase.
  12. Wear layers since the Glitter Sale room can be warm.

Proceeds from the sale benefit our free job training and education programs.  Last year Goodwill helped more than 8,700 people—all the more reason to shop!  Here are a few of the items that will be on sale this weekend.

Visit our Facebook event for early access to previews!

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Glitter Sale 2015: Shoppers Talk Glitter

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 12, 2015

Every year, thousands of shoppers come out for our annual Glitter Sale. Literally. Last year over 2,300 shoppers joined the excitement to hunt for those perfect glittery finds—all while supporting free job training and education programs right here in our community. Some Glitter Sale shoppers are first timers, and many of them have been shopping the sale anywhere between 2 and 32 years.

This year, we decided to do a little Q & A with a couple of experienced Glitter Sale shoppers: Chelsea Brown & Rachel Dooley. They’re both Seattle natives, have both shopped Glitter Sale multiple years in a row, and both have made it a tradition to shop the sale with their mothers.

Why do you shop Glitter Sale?
Chelsea: Anything that can marry two of my interests like shopping and social services is a no brainer! What better way to spend a weekend than sifting through swanky garments and supporting job training and education!
Rachel: I honestly just love how convenient it all is. It is really wonderful feeling knowing that I am going to find something absolutely fabulous, but having no idea what that thing is going to be. I also love how everything is organized, it makes it really easy to find exactly what I am looking for.

What’s your favorite Glitter Sale find?
Rachel: I think my favorite find was an amazing bronze corset top with black lace trim and a bronze and black tulle skirt. I found this at my first or second Glitter Sale and I was so excited to find something so unique and beautiful! (Pictured below, left)
Chelsea: A vintage fur coat that I picked up last year. It’s undeniably glamorous! (Pictured below, right)

What’s your favorite Glitter Sale memory?
Chelsea: Probably the first year I attended and found out how wonderful it is! I make sure to put it on my calendar each year now!
Rachel: I would say my favorite Glitter Sale memory was the first year I went with my Mom. It was just so wonderful to have that experience with her. She helped me pick out dresses, try on clothes, and made me feel like a Princess. I love that it has turned into a tradition that we get to look forward to every year.

What’s your favorite part of the Glitter Sale experience?
Rachel: I would definitely say the energy is my favorite part of the Glitter Sale experience. There are so many excited people who are there to find some one of a kind treasures to take home!
Chelsea: The fervor! The anticipation! The finds! It’s really the quintessential win-win situation, what is not to love?

And finally, do you have any advice for first-time shoppers to the Glitter Sale?
Chelsea: Take your time! If you can, allow yourself several hours to just experience everything. The sheer volume of treasures to pick through can quite literally take hours, but having the time to strike up conversation with other Glitter goers is the best. Everyone is so excited to be there, it’s just a great place to spend a good chunk of a chilly fall day.
Rachel: I would say be prepared to share mirrors, and be prepared to change in aisles. Mirrors are limited and space is a little limited so just be prepared for that. But I have always shared mirrors with super awesome ladies who just showered me in compliments while I tried on dresses, so I had no complaints!

Glitter Sale 2015 is this Saturday and Sunday! RSVP and check out some previews on our Facebook event page—and we’ll see you this weekend! 

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