How to Valentine’s Day shop for the Sheldon Coopers in your life

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
February 6, 2016

Mixed Lot of Vintage Comics: Superman, BatmanAccording to Movoto, Seattle is the third nerdiest city in America. Whether we claim the title or not, it’s likely that we all have a Trekkie, a Whovian, a devoted Star Wars aficionado, an annual Emerald City Comicon attender, or a hard-core gamer (video, table top, RPG) in our lives—we all have our Sheldon Coopers, if you will. (And some of us are the Sheldon Coopers…)

If you’ve got a beloved nerd in your life, and you’re wondering “how on earth can I express my love for Valentine’s Day”—look no further. Shopping Goodwill online and in our collectibles department in-store is an excellent way to score those hard-to-find collectible items for every brand of nerdery.

1995 Kenner Star Wars 'The Power of the Force' Electronic Millennium FalconFOR THE SCIFI FANATIC
If your nerdy loved one is a die-hard Trekkie or can describe in full detail the major (and minor) plot points and themes running throughout all seven Star Wars movies, Goodwill likely has a gift option for your Sheldon. And no matter what his or her favorite sci-fi theme is, there’s probably a LEGO kit or collectible minifigs for it.

LEGO Star Wars Minifigures Ki-Adi-Mundi, Grievous, R5-F7, Boba, DookuFOR THE COMIC BOOK ENTHUSIAST
Goodwill has long been hunting grounds for comic book fans hunting for rare and vintage comic books—for a good value. It’s not uncommon to find smaller sets of comic books in our collectibles department, but the real treasure trove is our eBay store. Right now, there’s a ton of DC, Marvel, and other more obscure comic books there! Go comic book hunting here.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES Video Game Control DeckFOR THE GAMER
Video games. Vintage video games. Table top games. RPG. From our 24 brick-and-mortar stores from Bellingham to Burien to our online stores, we have a plethora of options for gamers. You can check out our eBay for consoles, games, and a variety of accessories for video games of all generations. In store, there’s a seemingly endless selection of table top games, with a unique (often vintage) selection of games in our collectibles department and online. As for the RPG-ers, it’s common to find Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons materials (and the like) both in-store and online.

The best part of shopping Seattle Goodwill online? If you’re local, you can come pick up the item to avoid shipping costs—and be sure to have your gift in-hand (and wrapped) by Valentine’s Day.

(PS. We also have some gifts for the Bronies in your life.) 

All images in this blog are of items listed for sale in our eBay store as of 2/5/2016. Click on the image to see the online listing! 


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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