Holiday DIY: Peacock Ornaments

by Ingrid Hartsock, Seattle Goodwill
November 21, 2014

Holiday crafts are a great excuse to get together with friends and drink hot chocolate—not to mention you can save a lot of money by creating holiday décor at home!

Two years ago I decided to change up the colors for my Christmas tree, and landed on peacock colors (shimmery gold, brown, green, blue). Luckily, friends and family gifted some awesome themed items to start the color transition: a hand-me-down peacock tree skirt from a good friend and a few ornate peacock ornaments from my mother.

After realizing how expensive it would be to purchase all new ornaments and décor, I got crafty. I reused 40 peacock feathers from a Halloween costume (let’s just say this was “The Year of the Peacock”) and I checked out our Goodwill stores for some craft supplies. I was also able to find over half (20+) of the ornaments I needed at the Ballard and Seattle stores!


Step one: Gather supplies.
I suggest looking at Goodwill for everything first!

  • Peacock feathers
  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Scissors

Step two: Remove the ornament cap and trim off the ends (the eye) of the peacock feather so that it fits inside the ornament. You may need to trim the ends of the feathers slightly so they are able to open fully once inside the ornament. It’s easy enough to get the feather in and out, so trial and error for size is just fine!

Step three: (This step is optional.) If you want your feathers to stay in place, add a drop of hot glue to the ornament cap and secure the feather to it before putting the cap back on the ornament.These also look great if you simply put the feather inside the ornament with no glue at all.

Step four: Secure ornament caps and wipe any fingerprints off the ornament. Hang these cute, budget friendly ornaments on the tree!

Peacock feathers worked for my holiday theme but you could add glitter, herbs, pine cones, ribbon, tinsel, paint, etc. to make them work for your home.

Happy crafting—and don’t forget to enter your project into our Holiday DIY contest!

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The Holidays Are Here!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 16, 2014

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, and the rest of the wonderful wintery holidays coming up soon after, it’s fair to say we’ve officially hit the holiday season! We’ve got a few special sales and treats coming up for you before 2014 comes to a close—check out what’s on deck:

Missed out on the Glitter Sale? Still need that perfect holiday outfit accent? Click over to our online Sparkle Sale! The sale will include vintage, designer, and unique jewelry at affordable prices—and proceeds, like everything we do, will support our job training and education programs!

Get out your ribbons, glitter, hot glue, and sewing machines! It’s time for a Holiday Do-It-Yourself (DIY) contest! Submit your project with a before and after photo, a list of materials you used, and a brief description of what you did for a chance to be highlighted on our blog and maybe even win a prize package!

We’re closed on Thanksgiving to allow our store staff and employees to enjoy the holiday with their families—but we DO have a day-after-Thanksgiving sale! Join us on November 28th for 40% off all color tags (except yellow) at all stores (excluding outlets).

Remember that #SparkleSale we talked about above? This year on Monday December 1st, we’ll list a number of items with a buy-it-now option for Cyber Monday! You won’t need to bid – or wait for an auction to be over – if you see something you like, you can nab it right away!

Twice each year we invite customers to donate their spare change from their purchases to support our free job training and education programs. This year, our winter Round Up campaign will last from November 23 – January 3. Your spare change can change lives!

On December 24th (Christmas Eve), our stores will close early at 6 pm so our staff can enjoy the evening with their families. ALL stores will be closed on Christmas.

On December 31st (New Year’s Eve), our stores will close early at 6 pm so our staff can change into their party duds and ring in the new year. Stores open a little late on January 1st—at 10am—and close a little early that day as well (6 pm)

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to your Holiday DIY contest submissions!

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Glitter Sale 2014: The Best of the Rest

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 8, 2014

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 social media and post photos of your great glitter finds at this year's sale using the hashtag #glittersale.

Photography by Brett Doss.

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Glitter Sale 2014: Make a Statement!

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 7, 2014

A bold statement necklace instantly elevates an ordinary outfit .  Here are a few statement necklaces that will be on sale at the Glitter Sale!

Follow us on social media and post photos of your great glitter finds at this year's sale using the hashtag #glittersale.

Photography by Brett Doss.

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Tips for Shopping the Glitter Sale

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 7, 2014

The Glitter Sale is almost here!  So get ready to shop for cocktail dresses, designer wear, amazing accessories and unique vintage items this weekend, November 8 and 9. There is also a selection of formal wear and designer clothes for men, along with a small selection of wedding dresses. 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 doubles 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 messaging to track what number is being served.  Please text keyword "Goodwill123" to 91011.
  4. Parking is limited. Parking is available in the Goodwill lot and on the street as well.
  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 or swimsuit 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.

Proceeds from the sale benefit our free job training and education programs.  Last year Goodwill helped more than 9,200 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! 

Photography by Brett Doss

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