Thrifting is more fun than traffic

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 22, 2014

It has come to our attention that our summer of traffic is supposed to be rather busy today. With Westbound I-90 down to one lane this week, President Obama in town, a Mariner’s game, and construction projects all over the northern Puget Sound region—it’s pretty likely that if you’re out and about at a high-traffic time, you might get caught in it.

With 24 stores all over the north Puget Sound region, Seattle Goodwill has got some places you can take a break from the traffic and get a little Summer Thrifting done. Here are some of our tips to ease your commute:

1. Pick a side of Lake Washington, and stay there.  
With uncertainties about where POTUS will be commuting, there’s the potential for 520 to be closed while I-90 West Bound is down to one lane. If you can avoid crossing the lake, do. In the meantime, if you’re stuck on the east side, check out our Bellevue store or head south to our Renton store, and avoid using West Bound 90 altogether. If you’re on the west side, out Seattle store is located just off of the 90/I-5 interchange in the International District.

2. Avoid the Mercer Mess.
Getting on I-5 at rush hour is no fun any day of the week, but with many people heading around Lake Washington rather than over it, there’s potential for a LOT of backed up traffic. Instead, stop by our South Lake Union store—and then take Fairview to the Mercer entrance ramps when you’re done. OR—swing up to our Capitol Hill store (with free parking!) and hop on I-5 from the Olive/Denny ramps when you’re done.

3. Plan for game day traffic.  
There’s a 7:10pm Mariner’s game against the Mets at Safeco. Fortunately, the largest Goodwill in the country sits right up Dearborn from the stadiums—and is open until 9pm.  

4. When the freeways get backed up, so do surface streets.
Most locals know that when I-5 and 520 get backed up, so do the surface streets. If you’re one of those I-5 avoiders who takes the stoplights over the gridlock through Northgate and the U District, take some time off from needing to choose between getting stuck behind left-turner or a right-lane bus, and stop in at Goodwill on the Ave in the U-District.

And don’t forget to bring a snack, a water bottle, and some calming music on your commute! It’s going to be a busy day for Seattle-area traffic—but you don’t have to wait in it!


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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