Planning your Memorial Day Sale thrift store tour

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 28, 2016

Who’s excited for our Memorial Day sale? Our stores (outlets excluded) will be celebrating with 99¢ red tags and 40% off blue and green tags—and by opening at 8 am! Memorial Day—and other Goodwill sale days—are an excellent time to go on a thrift store tour, treasure hunting at multiple locations in a day. With 24 stores to choose from, we know it can be difficult to map out which stores you want to go to—and where you want to start and finish. Fortunately, we’re pros at this—so check out our five tips for preparing your thrift store tour below:

If you’re going thrifting with hopes of finding something specific, knowing what you’re looking for can help determine which stores to go to—and which departments to peruse. All of our stores have a little of everything, but some stores have their own strengths that might bump them up a little higher on your list. Keep in mind that stores tend to reflect the local community that they’re in. If you’re hunting for larger items like furniture, drive a vehicle that will fit your finds. (Need more space? We’re partners with ZipCar.)

If you’re not hunting for something specific, planning geographically is the way to go. Using our store locator can be a big help. We recommend starting at the farthest away store that you’d like to visit—and working your way back toward home. It’ll feel nice to have a shorter drive when you’ve been out shopping all day! Bonus points if your thrift tour involves a ferry ride! Don’t have a car? Check out this blog.

If you’re going on an all-day thrift tour, plan your lunch break. Google Maps is an excellent resource to not only help you find our stores, but find nearby restaurants and coffee shops to keep you fueled. Our store employees also tend to know the local area well—so feel free to ask them while you’re checking out. (And don’t forget to Round Up!)

Before you bring the spoils from the day home, do a check through your home (and closet!) to see if there’s anything you need to get rid of first. Drop your donations off at your first stop, and you’ll have space at home (and in the trunk) for your new finds!

Finding amazing new clothes, trinkets, household items, furniture and more is a great reason to go Goodwill hunting on a sale day—but our favorite reason for it is what shoppers and donors help accomplish when they support Goodwill. The proceeds raised in our stores fund our free job training and education programs in our community. Last year, thanks to shoppers like you, we were able to help over 8,700 people! One of those students was a woman named Leah, who graciously allowed us to share her story—watch below:

Happy Memorial Day – and happy thrifting!  


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).

Add a Comment | Comments (1)
Posted by Ann | Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 @ 06:01 PM

Great video! I've always heard about GW job training, but now I understand it. Leah, you became more and more comfortable and truly yourself as your story unfolded. Well done!

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