Upcoming Events: Fall 2017

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
September 12, 2017

When the summer temperature drops and that cool, crisp fall air rolls in, we at Seattle Goodwill start getting excited. Color-changing leaves and the beginning of football season marks the beginning of a different season for us — Glitter and Halloween season. Some of our favorite holidays and most exciting events are coming up in the next few months. Here's a look at everything we have going on, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for holiday and event updates.


This is our 10th annual Glitter Gala & Fashion Show—and we’re excited to gather with community and business leaders at our only fundraising event. Our theme this year is Universe of Potential, and all proceeds will support our wraparound services, which are critical to our students while they complete courses and work toward a better economic future for themselves.

There will be a cocktail hour featuring a prize raffle, silent auction, bling toss and also a pop-up shop. After cocktail hour, we’ll settle in for thematically inspired fine dining and the fashion show. Afterward, guests are encouraged to stick around for the after party, where guests can dance the night away and meet fashion show designers.

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SHOP HALLOWEEN: In stores now!
Swing by one of our stores for all of your Halloween costume needs—from base pieces to alter and create something new—to ready-made costumes—and all the accessories and makeup you may need to create the perfect look.

DIY TOUR: October 7-22

Do you LOVE Halloween like we do, but don’t know where to get started when it comes to crafting that perfect costume? Or maybe you’re a costume pro but just want to add some more creative ideas to your repertoire. We’re here to help, and we’re coming your way! New this Halloween season is our DIY Tour, which will make stops during the weekends between October 7-22 in Seattle, Redmond, Silverdale, Capitol Hill, Monroe, Shoreline, Juanita, South Everett, Edmonds and Bellingham. Make sure to check-in on our social channels for updated information.

GIVEAWAYS: October 20-November 1
Tune into our social media channels on weekdays from October 20 – November 1 to enter to win a variety of local prize packages. As we get closer to the giveaways, we’ll release the list of prizes and giveaway days.

COSTUME CONTEST: October 17-November 2
Submit a photo of you or your child in this year’s Halloween costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes! In past years we’ve had prizes like tickets to a Seahawks game, Deck the Hall Ball, or other local big-name concerts!

Stay tuned on our blog and social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for contest and giveaway details—as well as costume inspiration and DIYs! Use #GoodwillHLWN to show off your costume progress on social media!

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Curious when the Preview Shop Sale is happening? Want to know where, when and how to get tickets? RSVP to our Glitter Sale Facebook Event.

GLITTER SALE: November 11-12 
This is our biggest, best, brightest and arguably most fun sale of the year. Shoppers come from all over the country to shop for eveningwear, purses, shoes, jewelry, designer labels and vintage fashion in this two-day shopping event. Tune into our blog and Facebook Event Page for previews, tips and information about the Glitter Sale Preview Shop event! Use #GlitterSale to share your finds—and see finds from others.

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Our stores, donation sites, job training and education centers and administrative offices close each year on Thanksgiving so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.

Stay tuned on our Sales & Events calendar for store hours and details on our After Thanksgiving Sale!

Sales & Events Calendar >>

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Summer DIY with Gary: Barrel Table & File Cabinet Raised Plant Bed

by Gary Foy, Goodwill DIY Guy
August 22, 2017

One of the best parts of creating an outdoor gardening space is crafting an area that reflects your own personality and uniqueness.

Seattle Goodwill is DIY (Do It Yourself) headquarters. There’s no creative limits to what can be made using Goodwill materials, and there’s nowhere else you can find such an eclectic assortment of goods all in one spot.

As part of our Summer DIY series, I, with the help of Goodwill teammate Nicole, recently made a beautiful barrel table that provides a great statement to any outdoor setting.

Here’s the supplies we used:

  • Used barrel
  • Sander
  • Can of KYRLON Satin Finish Crystal Clear Spray Coating
  • Corks
  • Bottle of LOCTITE SI 595 Adhesive/Sealant Clear Paste
  • Glass table top

The first step is purchasing an old, used barrel. Don’t worry too much about the condition. As long as the barrel is in one piece and doesn’t have too many ugly markings, it’s fine. Blemishes here and there can be removed. Use a sander to smooth out the wood, and remove unflattering marks on the barrel.

Next apply two coats of KRYLON Satin Finish Crystal Clear Spray Coating to the barrel. This will give it a nice look and also bring back a little color you sanded out.

This next step is a bit tedious and takes some patience, but apply a layer of LOCTITE SI Adhesive/Sealant to the top of the barrel and begin laying down the corks you either purchased or collected in a circular pattern.

Finally, head to your closest Goodwill and purchase a gently-used table for the glass top. Remove the glass, and fashion it to the top of your corks.

Mobile File Cabinet Raised Plant Bed

Sometimes you need a before and after picture to do a DIY project justice. That’s certainly the case with the unattractive metal file cabinet we thrifted at Goodwill and turned into a fun, colorful gardening bed.

Here’s the supplies we used:

  • Old metal filing cabinet
  • Four standard caster swivel wheels
  • Hammer & large nail
  • Power drill
  • Paint & primer
  • Stencil & spray paint
  • Large cloth (for paint spills)

First remove all the file cabinet’s contents so all you have left is a shell. Turn the cabinet upside down, grab your hammer and a large nail to create starter holes for the wheels to fasten in to. Then take your power drill and drill holes before attaching wheels. Drill a few additional holes along the bottom for drainage, and screw down your wheels.

Lay down your large cloth, flip your cabinet upright so the wheels are against the ground and begin applying a fun “paint and primer” combo color that will give your gardening bed a nice pop. Once dry, use your stencil and spray paint to design the front of your bed. Apply dirt and plants as desirable.

Not only do we enjoy making DIY projects, we love seeing everyone else’s creations. Please tag us in your social posts (@SeattleGoodwill on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and share how you’ve used your Goodwill finds.

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Summer DIY with Gary: Beachcomber & Adult Beverage Table

by Gary Foy, Goodwill DIY Guy
August 17, 2017

Summer time in the Northwest means long walks along Alki Beach, memorable camping trips and outdoor entertaining on your patio. But maybe you don’t have the budget to deck out your outside living space exactly how you’d like. A great way to apply your own signature touch and create a fun, unique space is by doing it yourself.

Seattle Goodwill is DIY (Do It Yourself) headquarters. There’s no creative limits to what can be made using Goodwill materials, and there’s nowhere else you can find such an eclectic assortment of goods all in one spot.

Our 24 store locations contain a wide away of dining room tables. I recently took a basic wood table we found and, with several quick and easy steps, transformed it into an elegant beachcomber table suited for an ocean view.

Here’s the supplies we used:

  • Large wooden table
  • Sander
  • Chalked Rust-Oleum paint
  • Chalked Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte protective top coat paint
  • Several clothes (for paint spills and wiping down table after sanding and before and after painting)
  • Open, well-ventilated area

Find an open space and lay down a protective cloth before you place your table down in an effort to avoid paint stains or sanding debris. Use your sander to smooth any ridges on your table. Create a smooth surface in order to apply paint. Make sure to get as much off the old topcoat/sealant of the table as possible to ensure the paint dose does not flake or peel off.

Paint the surface using a color of your choosing. The key is making sure you apply enough coats of paint. The Chalked Paint series is intended to give you a vintage or patina look. Once you finish painting, relax and wait until it’s dry.

Once the table has dried, use the edges of your sander to create that nice, worn and weathered look. Don't worry about going to deep. Wipe away any debris and go to your local Goodwill to furnish the table with some colorful kitchenware.

Adult Beverage Table

Perhaps a beachcomber table isn’t the right match for you. We got creative and made a fun, adult beverage table that was quick and easy to make.

Here’s the supplies we used:

  • Small circular table
  • Matching chairs
  • Sander (if needed)
  • Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint
  • Rust-Oleum Flat Protective Enamel
  • Large cloth for paint spills
  • Open, well-ventilated area
  • Chalk

I recently found a circular glass table and two matching black chairs for the foundation of our DIY project. Lay down a cloth to protect from paint stains, and use your sander to sand down the table’s surface if needed. After that, use a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint and begin applying coats. We used five coats, but you can use less if you applied primer. The key is heavy paint coverage, so the table can be used for years.

Next I taped off the chairs in areas we didn’t want covered and applied Rust-Oleum Flat Protective Enamel to the surface to protect from corrosion and rust. Once your table and chairs are dry, grab a pail, fill it with chalk and now you have a fun, interactive adult beverage table.

Not only do we enjoy making DIY projects, we love seeing everyone else’s creations. Please tag us in your social posts (@SeattleGoodwill on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and share how you’ve used your Goodwill finds.

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DIY Succulent Terrarium

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
June 7, 2017

Goodwill DIY: Succulent TerrariumConfession: I love the current terrarium trend—but they can be so expensive! So a terrarium—with low-maintenance succulents—seemed like a good foray into adding some summer vibes to my home.

To start, I did a bit of research into the layers of a proper terrarium—and then headed out to our Shoreline store. One of the reasons I head to Goodwill Shoreline for many DIY projects is its proximity to the other stores I’ll need to stop at for DIY supplies—like Home Depot, and a couple different craft stores. (Fun Fact: Home Depot is also one of Seattle Goodwill’s employer partners—they hire students who have gone through our job training & education programs.)

Terrarium Layers

To make the terrarium, I used these supplies:

  • Large river stones (Hobby Lobby)
  • Small river stones (Found at Goodwill, but originally from Hobby Lobby)
  • Succulent Potting Dirt (Home Depot)
  • Succulents (Hope Depot)
  • Glass jar/container (Goodwill)
  • Clay Pot for décor (Goodwill)
  • Sheet Moss (Home Depot)

Assembling the terrarium is quick and easy, and all about layering your materials in the correct order to ensure drainage.

Start with a layer of the large river stones, followed by a layer of the small ones. In total, this should take up about 1/3 of the depth of your container.

Next, add a small layer of dirt, and arrange your succulents in it—adding more dirt to make it level if necessary.

Once your plants are in, add an accent item or two, and fill in some of the area between your plants and décor with a little bit of sheet moss.

Be sure to place your terrarium in a place that has a lot of natural light!

DIY Succulent TerrariumAre you doing DIY projects with your #GoodwillFinds this summer? Tag @SeattleGoodwill and #GoodwillDIY—we’d love to see them!

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Adopt a pet at Goodwill this summer!

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
June 5, 2017

Seattle Humane MaxMobile is coming to GoodwillYou can find toys, food and water dishes, leashes, and plenty of other pet accessories at any of our twenty-four stores—and this summer at some of our locations, you can find a pet, too! We’re partnering with Seattle Humane to host their MaxMobile so you can adopt a new best friend.

Check out Seattle Humane’s website to get any details you need to be prepared to adopt on-the-spot, and make plans to swing by one of the pet adoption events this summer:

Adopt a pet! Goodwill will be hosting Seattle Humane's MaxMobile

Goodwill Juanita
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Goodwill Seattle – Flagship
Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goodwill Shoreline
Friday, August 25, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If you adopt a new furry friend on one of these days, we’d love to see it! Share it with us by tagging @SeattleGoodwill and #MaxMobile on your favorite social media channel!  

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