Sparkle Sale: Cyber Monday Preview

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 30, 2014
 

Now that you’ve survived Black Friday (and we hope you got some great deals!)—it’s time to look toward Cyber Monday. While our online Sparkle Sale has been going on for two weeks now, we’ve got something a little special for you coming up for Cyber Monday! At 7am on Monday, December 1st, we’ll list a number of sparkle-inspired pieces with a “buy-it-now” option. How is that any different from a normal Monday for us? Well—we’re going to show you some of the items ahead of time so you can get ready to shop.

Take a look through the photos below to find that perfect Christmas gift or holiday accent—all from the comfort of your home. If you’re local, you can even purchase it Monday, pick it up Tuesday morning, and wear it that night!

And one of the best parts is that our online sales benefit free job training and education programs that help individuals in our community get the skills needed to gain employment.

These items will be available under the tag #SparkleSale on our shopgoodwill.com and eBay storefronts. You can click the links below to go directly to #SparkleSale results:

http://bit.ly/eBaySparkle   |   http://bit.ly/SGWshopSparkle

 

These items will only be available on Monday, December 1st, but the Sparkle Sale will run through December 10th, and have a mix of auction items and buy-it-now pieces. Our online stores are open year-round and are a great place to find unique items! 

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Seven ways to save money AND the environment during holiday party season

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 22, 2014
 

Thanksgiving has passed, launching the 2014 holiday season, it’s time to start planning those holiday parties, family meals, and friendsgivings! No matter what your party theme is, there are ways you can create a gorgeous environment for your event while being both eco AND budget friendly—and you’ll be supporting our job training and education programs!

Getting your holiday baking on? Skip the brand new pans.
Whether you’re turning your kitchen into a gingerbread assembly line, or you’re in charge of the family fruitcake for the first time this year—skip the brand new pans. You can save a lot of money by picking up your baking pans at Goodwill—and we often have a huge variety!

Thrift your way into having all of the serving bowls, plates, and utensils that you could possibly need!
We’ve all done it. We’ve all swiped the slatted spoon from one dish to serve another. We’ve all used the same pie server in the pumpkin pie and then in the pecan pie. No more! Pick up a few extra serving utensils, bowls, and plates so you’re sure to have enough to have turkey at both ends of the table. 

Ditch the plastic ware. Reduce the waste. 
In 2010, the EPA did a survey that concluded that American’s produce about 25% more waste during the holiday season—that amounts to around 25 million tons of extra garbage! This year for your holiday party, opt for reusable table ware over plastic ware and help do your part to keep waste out of landfills. Plus, it’ll add a touch of class to your holiday party that just can’t be achieved with plastic cups.

Stock up on holiday music!
If you need to put together a holiday playlist, but don’t have hours of tunes at your disposal, check out our CDs & records. Christmas music is donated year round—and sold year round too!

Thrift your Pinterest project parts & décor.
Goodwill is FULL of items that are waiting to be transformed into your Holiday DIY projects—from linens to furniture to craft supplies and even electronics that can add a fun touch to holiday décor! We also have a ton of already-made décor items—many of which are vintage! (And if you do a DIY project, enter our contest!)

Dress for the occasion!
Classy cocktail dresses, ugly Christmas sweaters, scarves, mittens—whatever you may  need to look the occasion for your holiday party—we’ve got it. Getting that once-a-year wardrobe item doesn’t need to put additional burden on your wallet during an already pricey time of the year.

Donate!
One awesome way to be environmentally friendly during the holidays is to donate last year’s sweaters, decorations, plastic trees, and other used items. When you donate holiday items to Goodwill, three things happen: You keep stuff out of landfills (that’s eco-friendly!), you support our job training and education programs (that’s good for the community!), and you help enable others achieve their holiday party plans (that’s just plain nice of you)!

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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!

DIRECTIONS:

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:

#SPARKLESALE
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!

HOLIDAY DIY CONTEST
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!

BLACK FRIDAY
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).

CYBER MONDAY
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!

ROUND UP
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!

CHRISTMAS
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.

NEW YEARS
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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