Goodwill Craft Corner: Framed Jewelry Organizer

by Ingrid Hartsock, Seattle Goodwill
September 27, 2012

Today’s Goodwill Craft Corner project is a Framed Jewelry Organizer.  This fun and creative jewelry organizer uses a wall-mounted frame found at any Goodwill store to display and organize earrings & necklaces.


How long it takes to make: 2 - 3 hours working time; 3 days total (includes time for the paint to dry and multiple coats of paint)

What you need: a frame, sandpaper (optional for giving the edges a weathered look), spray paint/paint (I think spray paint applies more easily and evenly), chicken coop wire, wire cutters, a staple gun, pliers (optional), fabric (optional), screw hooks


  1. Lightly sand the edges of the frame if you’d like to create a distressed look.  I only suggest sanding if you’re using a natural wood frame.
  2. Spray paint the frame.  Be sure to follow the coating and drying instructions on the spray paint label.  Most spray paints call for 24 - 48 hours for the paint to fully dry.  Don’t worry about being perfect with the paint, especially if you’re going for a distressed look.
  3. Measure a piece of chicken wire that is ½” to 1” larger than the opening of the frame.  Cut the chicken wire using wire cutters.  (It’s easier to measure the chicken wire if you’re using a square or rectangle frame as opposed to an oval or circle frame.)
  4. Frame detailUse a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the back of the frame. You can use pliers to bend the ends of the wire to make it easier to staple.  Use short staples (3/8” is best) because larger staples can cause cracking in the frame.  Be careful - the thinner your frame, the more likely you are to see cracking from the staples.
  5. If you want to add some fun color or pattern to your jewelry organizer, staple fabric to the back so it shows through the wire.  Cut the fabric to be the same size as the wire, roughly ½” to 1” larger than the frame opening.  Adding fabric will also protect your wall from scratches from the chicken wire.  If any wire pieces stick out past the fabric, trim the wire with the wire cutters or take extra fabric and staple it on top of the exposed wire edges.
  6. Add screw hooks to the bottom of the frame to hang necklaces.  You can paint them the same color as your frame or leave them as the silver or gold color they come in.

Now find the perfect spot to hang your frame. I love that I get to look at my jewelry collection each day rather than having it all hiding away in a box!

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Let's Get to Work: Having a Good First Interview (Part 2)

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
September 18, 2012

You've prepared as much as you can for your first interview for a new job - the next step is getting through the actual interview!  Follow these tips to make sure you leave the best possible impression on your interviewer. 

During the interview:

  • Don't be afraid to make small talk with the interviewer as you both are getting settled for the interview.  If you can connect with your interviewer right away, you are more likely to stay comfortable through-out the interview, which means you are more likely to speak eloquently and with confidence.
  • Be sure to emphasize how much you are interested in the job opportunity.  While you might assume your presence indicates your interest, it doesn’t hurt to show that you are passionate about the job.
  • If you have qualifications that you would like to share that aren't being touched on by the interviewer's questions, feel free to mention them.  It's important that you communicate why you think you are the best person for the job, even if not prompted.
  • Ask the person interviewing you a couple of questions related to their job or their time working for the organization.  If appropriate, tie their responses back to the job you’re applying for or your own qualifications.  Genuine curiosity will show that you care more about working for the organization than simply getting a paycheck.
  • Sit up straight, and try to stay relaxed and composed.  Remember, an interview is really just a conversation, albeit a formal one.

After the interview:

  • Follow up with a thank you to everyone you interviewed with.  The thank you can be in the form of your original cover letter, either an email or mailed paper copy, and should include a sentence that concisely reiterates your interest in the position and your belief that you are the best person for the job.


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Let's Get to Work: Having a Good First Interview (Part 1)

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
September 17, 2012

Everyone knows how important the first interview for a new job is.  Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure your first interview is a success, beginning with preparation.

Before the interview:

  • Map out your directions to make sure you know how to get to the location.
  • Research the company by visiting their website, talking to any employees you know and seeing what sort of news articles have been written about them recently.  Don’t stop at the company’s homepage – dig a little deeper so that you can talk comfortably about more than their mission statement.
  • Think about the value you can add to the company and be prepared to articulate why they need you.  What are your skills and strengths, and how do they relate to the job description?
  • Research common interview questions online, prepare your answers, and practice them before the interview.
  • Dress to impress – wear something appropriate for a job one level above the job you are interviewing for.
  • Arrive fifteen minutes early.  When it comes to an interview, being early means you’re on time and arriving on time means you’re late.
  • Your interview starts the minute you walk into the reception area.  Be friendly and look interested in your surroundings.  If you see brochures about the company, pick one up and thumb through it.  You might find something to talk about during your interview, and you will be learning more about the company you are interviewing for.
  • Make sure your palm is dry before you go into the interview.  That first handshake is your first impression, and a damp palm hints that you’re nervous.

Check back tomorrow for tips on what to do during your first interview to ensure that you're leaving a good impression!

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Meet our Volunteer of the Year, Roger Atlas

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
September 13, 2012

Roger Atlas was recently honored as Seattle Goodwill’s Volunteer of the Year for his extraordinary commitment to helping us serve people in need.

Roger has been an active volunteer at Goodwill since 2006, working on events like the Glitter Gala fundraiser and Glitter Sale.  After a meaningful volunteer teaching experience in Namibia, he came back inspired to put his computer background to work in one of our Job Training and Education classes.  To date, Roger has generously donated over 350 hours to our students by helping teach Microsoft Excel and Basic Computing courses.

Roger Atlas

Roger speaks passionately about his time as a volunteer.  “I cherish the Goodwill volunteer experience both for what it gives to the students and what it gives to me,” he said.  “Every term, there are about twenty new students in the classroom.  Most of them have incredible stories of barriers erected in front of them.  My classroom might contain a refugee from an oppressive regime half a world away or a worker stuck in a low-paying job that has a salary insufficient to live on.”

“These people face hurdles far beyond anything I have ever experienced, but despite language barriers or other burdens, the students work hard and succeed,” he added.  “The students gain skills and confidence.  I gain even more.”

If you’re interested in making a difference by volunteering at Goodwill, visit our volunteer page to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities.

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Save the date for our 2012 Glitter Gala & Glitter Sale!

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
September 7, 2012

Our annual Glitter Gala fundraiser is just around the corner, as is our ever-popular Glitter Sale!

Glitter Gala

The Glitter Gala, held November 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., is Goodwill's only fundraising event.  This year all proceeds benefit our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, which last year served 1,480 students from 113 countries of origin.  

Themed “Around the World," the evening includes globally-inspired fine dining, a prize package raffle, a silent auction and the Glitter Fashion Show.  The fashion show features outfits created from items donated to Goodwill, and all of the looks seen on the runway can be purchased at the Glitter Sale.  Limited seats are available, so buy your tickets now!

The Glitter Sale is held at our Seattle store November 10-11 and features designer clothes, evening wear, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories.  The sale has a huge following which just keeps growing, so you definitely want to block off a good chunk of time during this weekend to shop Glitter!

Seattle Goodwill prepares all year for the Glitter Gala and Sale, so mark your calendar now, and we hope to see you there!

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