Designer Accessory Sale 2015 Preview: Casual Shoes

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 27, 2015
 

Our Designer Accessory Sale is right around the corner! Friday and Saturday, March 13th and 14th, our University District store will be hosting this sale for the sixth year in a row - and there are some awesome items lined up! 

Doors will open at 9am, and store staff will be restocking the shelves all day both Friday and Saturday to ensure shoppers have an great selection to choose from! There will be accessories for both men and women, including shoes, hats, handbags, ties, belts, and more! 

We'll be releasing more previews (think: heels and more handbags!) as we get closer to the sale! RSVP to our Facebook Event to get early previews - and subscribe to our blog (to the right) to get the previews sent directly to your inbox! 

Here's a selection of a few of the casual shoes that will be available:

Juicy Couture

Ivanka Trump

Coach

Ugg

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Designer Accessory Sale 2015 Preview: Black Bags

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 25, 2015
 

It's time for our sixth annual Designer Accessory Sale! Join us at our University District store Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th for an outstanding selection of real and faux designer goods. 

The store doors will open up at 9am for early bird shoppers, and store staff will be refreshing the racks all day on both Friday and Saturday so shoppers will have an excellent selection no matter what time they come in. The sale will have a great selection of handbags, shoes, accessories, ties, hats, belts and more for both men and women! Designer brands will include names like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Tory Burch, Fendi, Cole Haan, Marc Jacobs, Nine West, and more. 

We'll be releasing more previews as we get closer to the sale! RSVP to our Facebook Event to get early previews - and subscribe to our blog (to the right) to get the previews sent directly to your inbox! 

Here's a selection of some of the black bags that will be available: 

Fendi PurseFendiCole Haan

Cole HaanB Makowski

B. Makowski Michael Kors

Michael Kors

 

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Oscar Glam, Goodwill Finds

 
by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
February 21, 2015
 

If you love the movies—or just like a good excuse for a party—mark your calendar for the Oscars on Sunday, February 22. Here are a few ways to add glam and sparkle to your Oscar Night festivities.

Dress Up
Embrace old school Hollywood glamour and dress up! Encourage your guests to thrift their outfits and hold a best-dressed vote, with prizes for the most outrageous, most classic, and more. Visit Goodwill for lots of clothing options. You’ll find suits and the occasional tuxedo. Choose an over-the-top formal dress—or pair a simple sheath dress with some striking jewelry. For more inspiration from Oscar winners of many eras, take a look at this fun overview of best actress dresses from 1929 to the present. Details magazine presents a men’s Oscar fashion overview, featuring leading men including Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Poitier.

Décor
Metallic tones are regularly used in the sets and decorations at the Academy Awards—so why not follow suit? Cover a wall in gold and silver balloons. It’s easy to decorate vases, punch bowls and champagne bottles with spray-on glue and glitter.

The Everyday Celebrating blog offers Oscar decorating ideas, including this one: Buy Ken dolls at Goodwill, then paint them with gold paint, and create your own mock Oscar awards, or top them with real or fake flowers for a humorous centerpiece. For another playful touch, attach bow ties to thrifted champagne flutes.

Food and drink
While you and your guests watch the stars stroll on the red carpet, serve delicious and color-coordinated cocktails/mocktails, made with in-season pomegranates.

Pick up some extra punchbowls from Goodwill and make a flavored popcorn bar. Prepare a delectable and portable treat by making tiramisu dessert shooters in shot glasses, as featured on the blog Sprinkle Bakes.

If you’re a true movie fanatic, tie in your food choices with the nominated films. One approach is Spoon University’s nine foods to eat at your Oscar Party—featuring pink funfetti cupcakes in honor of the rose-colored Grand Budapest Hotel.

Games
You’ll enjoy the Oscar extravaganza even more with your own ballots or bingo. For game prizes, consider movie theater candy or DVDs of favorite movies, available from Goodwill.

Regardless of who wins and who loses, the Oscars transform a humdrum February Sunday into an anticipated, festive evening—and so will you, as you host a fabulous Oscar party!

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Festivities and Fun for Chinese New Year

 
by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
February 20, 2015
 

Chinese New Year was February 19, but the celebration typically lasts 10 days, giving you many options for planning and hosting your own party. Here’s some quick inspiration:

Celebrate in the ID
Gather friends and family for all-day Lunar New Year activities (11 am – 4 pm) in Seattle’s International District (ID) on February 21. This family-friendly event celebrates the diversity of Seattle’s Asian communities, and features the traditional dragon and lion dances, along with many different cultural performances. Visitors can also enjoy the popular food walk with $2 tastes at neighborhood restaurants.

Chinese New Year Party Ideas
Host festivities at your home, and welcome the Year of the Sheep…Goat…Ram? A single Chinese character represents all three, so take your pick! Clothing and decorations Encourage your guests to wear red, associated with happiness and good fortune in Chinese traditions. If you’re lacking that essential color in your wardrobe, you can find lots of choices at Goodwill. Look for red vases as well, and fill them with fresh flowers.

Food
Serve Chinese tea, available from Seattle retailers including Ballard’s Floating Leaves Tea, where you can sample up to three teas for $5. Need a new teapot? We've got plenty!

Choose takeout from one of Seattle’s many Chinese restaurants, or make your own favorites. The Food Network’s Ching-He Huang offers more than 170 recipes online. Surprise your guests with customized fortune cookies from Seattle’s own Tsue Chong Company. If you’d like to indulge, while branching out into different Asian food traditions, order a delicious dessert from Hood Famous Bakeshop. This online bakery specializes in a wide range of Asian and Hawaiian-influenced desserts, including a rich purple ube cheesecake.

Activities
If you have younger kids at your party, make your own Chinese dragon and then parade around with it. Here’s a colorful version constructed with paper plates and featured on the blog Arteascuola. For other child-friendly dragon and sheep/goat crafts, check out the options on Pinterest. Teens and adults may enjoy some Chinese astrology – available in a quick-read version on many online sites, or from the trend-setting Astro Twins, whose 2015 horoscope book includes Chinese signs.

Cap off your party with a Mahjong tournament – visit Goodwill to find extra sets.

If it’s true that we make your own luck, you’ll have made plenty by beginning the new year with hospitality, humor and fun!

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Expanded vintage selection at U-District!

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 18, 2015
 

The [insert decade] called. They want their [insert clothing item] back. 

In recent weeks, we gave a few hints on Facebook and Instagram about expanding the vintage selection at our U-District store—and guess what… it happened! Over the past few weeks, we’ve stocked the loft area with a totally tubular (or groovy, or copacetic, or awesome, depending on what decade you’re from) selection of vintage goods. Anything over twenty years old is classifiably vintage. (Which, by the way, now includes anything made in or before 1995.)

What can you expect from this selection? University District store manager Marcus McCoy said, “As far as popular eras, we typically receive donated items that qualify as vintage as far back as the 1940’s. We can have pieces from every era—but we see more and more 1970’s and ‘80’s items.  Neutral tones and denims are popular.  We have the occasional “LOUD” pantsuit.  1980’s neon snow coats were a prevalent hit this winter.” The selection is refreshed weekly, so like many seasoned thrifters will tell you, checking back regularly is the best way to find that perfect item.

Marcus has some insight into adding some vintage flare to your existing wardrobe. “The key for shopping vintage is really mixing it in with your existing wardrobe.  The general rule is to keep your outfit 50% vintage or less—otherwise you run the risk of looking costumed.  That being said, our store has been a destination for UW’s Greek Row students looking for vintage items for their themed events.  “1980’s Aspen” was a theme this winter—bright sweaters and leg warmers sold out that weekend.  For guys, the Hawaiian shirt or standard Pendleton wool shirt are popular.”

Take a peek at the new and improved U-District vintage selection below!

Oh—and don’t forget—March 13th and 14th is our annual Designer Accessory Sale at our University District Goodwill! Visit our event page and stay tuned to our blog for details, updates, and previews! 

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