It’s time for some Summer Fun!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
June 10, 2015

If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, hopefully you’ve already heard about our Goodwill #GoodSummer Contest. If not, then now through the end of June, we’re hosting a contest inviting Goodwill shoppers to share their summer fun finds with us—with some awesome prizes up for grabs! Our three prize packages all include a summer fun adventure.

GRAND PRIZE: A San Juan weekend getaway including a stay at the Harrison House Suites, with a tour of the Pelindaba Lavender Farm in Friday Harbor, and a $75 Seattle Goodwill gift card.

SECOND PLACE PRIZE: A Leavenworth Tubing Trip for two from Sound Excursions including roundtrip transportation from Seattle and a cookout, and a $50 Seattle Goodwill gift card.

THIRD PLACE PRIZE: Admission for two adults and two children to Woodland Park Zoo, and a $50 Goodwill Gift Card.To get you a little inspired, here are three unique outdoor summer fun ideas that we love:

Board games are for the winter, dreary months, right? Not anymore. Board games are an excellent addition to a backyard BBQ night on the patio, a picnic in the park, or day hike. By ditching the packaging that many board games come with, and putting the pieces in a plastic bag, you can lighten the load by quite a bit to make it easier to carry.

We recently shared a blog from Porch with 15 DIY Teepees and Play Tents that you’ll just love. The list is full of creative ideas ranging from sewing-machine-free simplicity, to more complex structures that require some sewing and additional materials. You can find all the bed sheets you need, as well as sewing machines and a plethora of other crafting materials, at your favorite Goodwill location!

Those summer evening BBQs don’t need to be just burgers, hot dogs, and fish. One way to get the whole family on board with cooking for the evening is to have them assemble their own pizza, and then throw them on the grill! has a great blog series on how to grill your pizza to perfection! From grills to aprons and from tongs to extra-wide spatulas (helpful when grilling pizza!) Goodwill has all you need to get up and running this BBQ season.

And once you’ve swung by Goodwill to get what you need for your summer fun, be sure to share it in our Goodwill #GoodSummer Contest for a chance to win one of the three summer adventure prize packages! 


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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