Capitol Hill Location: Opening May 2nd!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
April 3, 2014

Who’s ready for our new Capitol Hill location!? We’re excited to announce the official opening date of our 24th Seattle Goodwill location which will be May 2, 2014! On our first day open, we’ll have a bit of a shindig with prizes, giveaways, and even a DJ to welcome the early-evening guests. Festivities will begin when the doors open at 9am and it will continue until they close at 9pm.

The new store will be at 115 E. Belmont Street—what used to be the Half Price Books. The 15,000 square feet building will house an assortment of merchandise, a donation center, and employ forty people in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Pro-tip: We’re currently hiring for a number of those jobs! ) Our Cap Hill location’s merchandise will appeal to budget & fashion conscious shoppers; have men’s & women’s apparel, women’s accessories, and home & office décor items.

If you’re already well into your spring cleaning, you can already donate at the Capitol Hill location—while simultaneously supporting the greater Seattle community through job training and education programs that are supported by your generous donations.  So if you’re one of the many on the Hill who moves mid-summer, keep us in mind as you downsize to make the move easier! We’re just up the street now, and would love to put your gently-used items to good use!

If you’re on the Hill on Friday, May 2nd, be sure to stop in so we can meet you, peruse the racks, and enter for giveaways and join us for the opening of our Capitol Hill location!

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Workplace Romance: To be together? Or to not be together?

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
March 25, 2014

Navigating workplace romances can be tricky. Most people aspire to finding love in life… and occasionally someone at work may spark some interest… but work may not be the right place to develop a romantic relationship. If you find yourself in a situation where a potential relationship is developing at work, be sure to think about how it will affect your day-to-day work life, as well as your employment status.

Many employers have written policies for workplace relationships—and it’s important that you are familiar with them & understand them before entering a relationship. It’s likely that the policy includes some guidelines, and some strict rules. For example, many employers may allow peer coworkers to date (but discourage it), but very strictly limit relationships between staff & supervisors because of issues like favoritism (and what could happen when the relationship ends). If you’re thinking about initiating a workplace relationship, make sure you’re not violating company policy—and understand the consequences if you do.

One of the best moves you can make, if you decide to enter a romantic relationship at work, is to let your supervisor know. Whether you’re following company policy or not, honesty is always the best policy. Letting your supervisor know will put them in a position to help you appropriately navigate policies as much as possible. If you are “breaking the rules”, it’s better to “come clean” and face the consequences in lieu of your honesty, rather than get caught and face the penalties.

Once you’ve entered the relationship, and let your employer know about it, be sure to continue to focus on work while you’re at work. While there’s some overlap between your personal & work life with a workplace relationship, it shouldn’t affect your performance at work—even if it’s a bad day in your relationship, it’s extremely important to not let that interfere with your work. If the relationship ends, you still need to maintain professionalism and avoid hostility or unpleasantness. Even outside of work hours, you still have the responsibility to represent your employer well when socializing with coworkers. This includes how you portray your relationship & employer on social media.

If the situation arises where a coworker is trying to initiate a relationship, but you’re not interested, be sure to clearly say no & set defined boundaries. Likewise, if a supervisor ever tries to use his or her authority to get you to do something you don’t want to do—CLEARLY say “NO.” If the situation continues, bring it to the attention of the human resources department. If the unwanted pursuits continue, it’s considered sexual harassment, and has absolutely no place in the workplace!

At the end of the day, it comes down to this: Value your job. You were hired because you bring skills & value to the team—and engaging in a workplace relationship could jeopardize that. Don’t risk your job—or future employment—by engaging in a relationship!

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The Balancing Act: The Work-Life Balance

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
March 11, 2014

While your job is very important, it’s important to note that it’s not the only important thing in your life. You have family, friends, and… you… to think about as you carefully construct your life to maximize joy, success & fulfillment in all of the arenas in your life. We like the “buckets” analogy. You have a bucket for each area of life: family, friends, you, and work. But—each day, week, month & year, you have a limited amount of time & energy you can put in each bucket. The balancing act between keeping each of those buckets at a reasonable level is called the work-life balance.

It’s hard to know when you’re pouring too much into one bucket, and not enough into another—but a good way to help figure that out is to ask questions like: Am I exhausted all the time? Are loved ones around me frustrated with the time I’m spending in one “bucket” or another? Do I find myself missing my family? Do I ever feel refreshed? There are a ton of opportunities for distractions from what you need, but it’s important to know when to tune out those distractions and focus on you.

One helpful step is to set clear boundaries for yourself, loved ones, and your employer. Know when you need to go to bed to wake up, feel refreshed, and get to work on time & ready to do your best work. Know how much time you need to set aside for family & friends—and most of all: YOU. While it’s important that you work hard during work hours, make sure your employer knows that you need a balance. Remember: If you value your employer’s time (be on time, work hard, strive for healthy relationships in the workplace), it’s likely they’ll value yours & respond well when you create boundaries. A few good boundaries to set might be things like: Not working off the clock, limiting unplanned overtime, bringing it to your boss’s attention if he or she schedules you at time you’ve previously mentioned doesn’t work, and be sure to take your allotted breaks. In many cases, with family, friends or employers, it’s important to know when to say “no”—and you shouldn’t feel guilty when that need arises!

Focusing on yourself is important, too. Be sure to stay active, getting regular exercise (even if it’s going for a walk, stretching, or actively playing with your kids!), and stay healthy by getting rest, eating well, and taking appropriate you-time. Maintain relationships that help you grow, and try to minimize ones that are negative or waste time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are lots of ways to balance the four buckets: you, work, friends, and family—so don’t be afraid to try different things if something isn’t working!

No one would ever claim that the work-life balance is easy—but it’s absolutely fulfilling on many levels when it’s achieved!

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Designer Accessory Sale: MORE bags!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
March 5, 2014

We got a lot of good feedback off of our first Designer Accessory Sale preview dedicated to bags—so we thought we’d do it again! In the first bags preview we included some bags from Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, Coach & Kooba—this time we’ve got some more Coach for you as well as some Cole Haan, Donna Karan, and See by Chloe!

Head over to our University District location on March 7th & 8th from 9am to 8pm to find the perfect designer bag for your collection!


Olivia Harris

Donna Karan

See by Chloe


Cole Haan

Which one of these bags will you be after when you head to the U-District Goodwill location for this year's Designer Accessory Sale?

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Designer Accessory Sale: Shoes!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
March 4, 2014

Another hit item at the Designer Accessory sale is shoes. We’ve got a serious stock of designer & faux designer shoes that’ll be on the shelves at our University District location’s Annual Designer Accessory Sale. Swing by the location on March 7th & 8th between 9am and 8pm to add to your shoe collection. Staff will be restocking the shelves regularly throughout the day—so you can come in at any time and have a killer selection!

Here's a preview of some shoes that'll be part of the sale:

Flats by Alexandra Heel

Ballet Flats by Miu Miu

Rock & Republic Pumps

Tory Burch Ballet Flats

Tsubo Boots

What item are you going to be after when you come in to the Designer Accessory Sale?


Photos by Bret Doss.


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