Upcoming Events: Fall 2015

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
September 1, 2015
 

While we know it’s not officially fall (that’s September 23)—the transition in September often marks the unofficial transition into boots and scarves and jackets and crunchy leaves to be stomped on. Students of all ages head back to school. The hours of daylight we get here in the northwest start to be more similar to the rest of the country, rather than Alaska (for a little while). And here at Goodwill, we launch into the season that contains some of our biggest and most exciting sales and events of the year!

Here’s what’s coming up for the next few months:

LABOR DAY SALE
September 7: What does this mean for you? $1.29 green tags and 40% off pink and red tags—AND extended store hours. All of our stores (except the outlets and our Ravenna Children’s Bargain Store) will be open at 8am. At the Ravenna store, you’ll get 50% off all donated goods—which is a GREAT opportunity if you need to bulk up that back-to-school wardrobe for your child! Ravenna opens at 10am.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS
September 17 & 18: Why? Because we appreciate you. What do you get because we appreciate you? 50% off red tags at all locations (excluding the outlet stores and Ravenna) for two days!

GOODWILL SOUTH EVERETT GRAND REOPENING
September 19 & 20: Join us over the weekend to celebrate expanded departments—and an outdoor furniture sale! It’s a great opportunity to outfit your new dorm room or apartment for college students! There will be giveaways and drawings all weekend.

HALLOWEEN
We like the  winter holidays and summertime fun—but we LOVE Halloween. Halloween at Seattle Goodwill is amazing because we build out expansive and creative Halloween departments in our stores featuring the perfect blend of generously donated goods and new goods that allow you to create the perfect custom costume.

Like past years, we’ll be having Costume Consultants in stores on Saturdays in October, a costume contest with some amazing prizes (visit our Facebook page for more details), and two weeks of giveaways featuring prizes donated from various community businesses.

Stay tuned for some big (and fun) announcements and Halloween fun on our social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

GLITTER GALA
November 6: Purchase your tickets now, and join us on the waterfront this year for our 7th Annual Glitter Gala & Fashion Show. The theme this year is “In the City”, will feature the Goodwill Design Challenge and Fashion Show, an after party, and will focus on our Youth Programs. All proceeds support Seattle Goodwill’s job training and education programs. We’re still looking for volunteers for this event, too!

GLITTER SALE
November 14 & 15: The Glitter Sale is our most anticipated in-store event of the year! Doors open at 9am, but the line often starts outside of our flagship store many hours before that! Shop for formal wear, gowns, designer goods, and a huge selection of jewelry at this once-a-year sale. All proceeds directly fund our free job training and education programs—so that fancy gown you find helps our community!

THANKSGIVING
November 26: We’re thankful for our donors, shoppers, students—and the team of amazing individuals who work in our stores, job training and education centers, and administrative capacities. All Seattle Goodwill locations will be closed so our employees can enjoy the holiday with their loved ones. We'll be open on Black Friday—and don't forget to peruse our online stores on Cyber Monday! 

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Make the most out of your commute: South

 
by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 30, 2015
 

As a South-End resident, you know about the hidden gems in your neighborhood.  Have you discovered Goodwill’s donation sites? After a quick look at our donation guidelines, stash your donations in your car, and stop by on the way home from work. You have lots of nearby choices for convenient donation.

The debate continues to rage: is Renton on the Eastside or not? We did include Renton in our Eastside commuter blog, but it’s nice enough to name twice. Feel free to stop by our donation center and store in east Renton, convenient to I-405.

Our Burien Donation Site is convenient for you if you live in—or drive through—the southwest side of town. It’s also close to 509, the back road to SeaTac. In addition, you’ll discover a Goodwill store and Job Training and Education Center at the same location.

At the end of your journey south, you’ll find our Southcenter donation site and store, just minutes away from the mall.  (Although after you visit us, you may not need to shop at the mall!) Happy donating and thrifting!

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Back-to-School Thrifting

 
by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 27, 2015
 

Thrifting is one of the smartest ways to assemble a back-to-school wardrobe. With this year’s fall fashions channeling the ‘90s and ‘70s, thrift stores offer vintage items from both eras, plus good-condition contemporary clothing.

Whether you’re a parent, a teen or a college student, check out the tips below to assemble a stylish and practical fall wardrobe.

Fall shopping survival
First, inventory your closet (or your child’s closet). You’ll find clothes that can transition to fall with some layering, and you may find items to donate. The next step is making a list of what you need to buy and creating a budget. This is an ideal way for parents and kids to talk through clothing costs and choices.

For parents of younger children, check out the Written Reality mom-blog for a common-sense and budget-friendly list of kids’ wardrobe essentials by quantity.

Fashionable thrifting
Thrifting is the solution for a college or high-school wardrobe that’s budget-friendly and as unique as you are.

For tween and teen girls seeking fashion inspiration, Teen Vogue’s back-to-school gallery—featuring tween fashion bloggers—shows real people wearing very thriftable outfits.

Avid thrifter, YouTuber and UCLA student Amy Lee (Vagabond Youth) has realistic advice about college closet essentials, combining fashion with comfortable choices for crunch times. For thrift-specific tips, take a look at YouTuber Tiffany’s Thrifting Through College Show 2, Thrift Store Haul, which also includes a guy’s perspective.

In-fashion basics
These fall basics are fashionable for everyone, and easy and fun to thrift.

  • Layering. Flannel shirts never really went out of style in the Northwest. This ideal layering fabric is in style everywhere this fall. Denim jackets are also great layering pieces for all ages, along with oversized cardigan sweaters for women and girls.
  • Graphic T-shirts, alone or layered under flannel or hoodies. Visit Goodwill to find your own unique and vintage graphic tee. Why buy an imitation when you can have the real thing?
  • Athletic wear with a ‘70’s twist. Athletic attire continues to be popular for guys and girls, including sweatpants, hoodies and yoga pants. There’s also a revival of sports-oriented labels beloved in the ‘70’s, along with polo shirts of all kinds—often found at thrift shops.
  • Jeanspick your favorite style(s). For women and girls, boyfriend (high-waisted, straight-leg) jeans and the perpetual skinny jeans predominate, but you’ll see a return to flares too, in line with the 70’s revival. For men and boys, straight-leg, skinny and boot-cut jeans all continue to be popular. 

Accessories and more
Beyond the basics, floral-print scarves and metallic necklaces are stylish accessories for girls and women. The bohemian 70’s chic look continues, so keep your eye out for anything fringed or flowing.

This fall’s fashion variety gives you ample opportunity for fantastic thrifting! Happy shopping!

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Make the most out of your commute: Kitsap Peninsula

 
by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
August 24, 2015
 

If you live on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, your commute may be all about ferries (catching them)–or about avoiding ferry traffic.  If you’d like to drop off donations while commuting, you have a choice of five different Goodwill sites serving “the natural side of Puget Sound,” in the words of the Kitsap tourism website.

If you reside on “the Rock,” consider stopping by the Bainbridge Donation Site on High School Road on your way to or from the ferry or the local high school. 

Drive northwest on SR 305 to the main part of the peninsula, you’ll find yourself in the historic town of Poulsbo, where you’ll find a donation site on Viking Avenue and close to the Ace Hardware.  For those further south, the Silverdale Donation Site is near to State Highway 3 and Route 303 intersection.

If you’d like to thrift as well as donate, come to Bremerton, where Goodwill has a store and donation site in the same location on Wheaton Way (also known as Route 303), along with a Job Training and Education Center.  If you call Port Orchard home, you’re in luck as well. There’s a Goodwill donation site at the Towne Square Mall.

Stop off and donate items on your way home. Your visit could be an excellent way to bypass some ferry traffic! 

Don’t forget to check our donation guidelines before you go.

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Tips from Declutterella: Help your kids declutter

 
by Elena Nebreda, Decluterella.com
August 21, 2015
 

Keeping things simple, prioritizing and making decisions are great skills to have for life that you can teach your children by practicing regular decluttering. One key to getting them involved is to make a game of it and let them see what they can get out of it. Having a conversation allowing them to decide which objects should go, why and what they should substitute them for is a great way to empower your children and give them room to grow. Here are some simple and effective tips:

  1. Encourage your children to take on their decluttering responsibilities. Many times adults want to impose their systems without asking children, who may have ideas for themselves. Listen and observe their reasoning and work with them. Watch them make their own decisions about what they no longer need of want.

  2. Have a donation bin or a space where they can voluntarily drop off some toys or clothes that they don’t want anymore. You will be amazed how well this works without even asking them. Give a good example and put some items you no longer want in bin!

  3. Let them have a garage sale. This excites most kids because they get to make a few dollars and interact with neighbors. Money handling, selling and negotiating are very useful things they can learn from the experience, and this will increase their sense of independence. You can even encourage them to donate their proceeds to an organization they like.

  4. Explain how some other kids can benefit from their donation. This is a great opportunity to foster a sense of caring for others, even though they may not know them or meet them. Bring your children with you to the donation center and explain how it works.

  5. Get them excited about the new materials, clothes and toys that they can get once they make room for them by decluttering the old ones. You can schedule a shopping trip at Goodwill right after the excursion to the donation center. If you ask them to get you a shopping list about what they want this will focus their attention on what they will be getting and the old items will be much more quickly forgotten.

Saying goodbye to favorite items can be especially tough for children since they haven’t gone through that many life transitions yet so be gentle and patient with them! You will see that a soft, gradual and consistent approach works much better with them than radical changes. Decluttering becomes a no big deal for them when you make it a regular habit!

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