Sales, Events, Contests & Giveaways

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!

Goodwill Halloween >>


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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Where to watch fireworks this Fourth of July

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
June 30, 2017

The Fourth of July is less than a week away. Whether you’re warming up the barbecue, soaking up sun by a lake, throwing a party or just enjoying time with family, there are so many fun ways to celebrate the holiday.

At Goodwill we are celebrating our with a special Fourth of July sale. All clothing and furniture with blue, green, pink, red and black tags will be 50 percent off. Store hours are 9 am-5 pm, and the sale excludes our Seattle and Everett outlets.

After your Goodwill trip, you’ll have plenty of time to find one of the many fireworks displays across the Puget Sound. Below is a list of where to find them throughout our region.

King County

Seattle: Seattle’s major fireworks display can be seen from several places throughout the city. Seafair Summer 4th at Gas Works Park is an all day celebration lasting from noon-11 pm with the fireworks show starting at 10:20 pm There will be food vendors, exhibits, beer and beverage gardens, entertainment and All-American games and contests for all ages.

Eastside: The Bellevue Family 4th is the largest Independence Day celebration on the Eastside. It takes place 2-10:30 pm at the newly-renovated Bellevue Downtown Park. Entertainment includes a family fun zone, live music, food court, fireworks and a performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

The Kirkland 4th of July Celebration begins at 11:30 am with a children’s walking parade that is followed by a “With Liberty and Justice for All” parade at noon. There will be food and vendors from 1-10:30 pm at Marina Park. Music starts at 5 p.m., and the day concludes with a fireworks show at 10:15 pm. 

South: Renton’s Fabulous Fourth of July is an all-day event at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. From noon-8 pm a free KidZone will be open that includes inflatables and face painting. On-stage entertainment is from 12:30-9:30 pm, a sand volleyball tournament is from 9am-5pm and the fireworks show begins at 10 pm. 

Kent’s Fourth of July Splash is noon-10:30 pm at Lake Meridian Park. There will be a festive lineup of music and entertainment including bouncy houses, food booths, juggling and pie-eating contests. The fireworks finale starts at 10 pm. 

Des Moines is hosting a Fireworks Over Des Moines celebration from noon-10:20 pm at the Des Moines Marina. There will be a kid’s carnival, food vendors, beer and wine garden, live music and a fireworks show starting at 10:20 pm. 

Kitsap County

The Grand Old Fourth Celebration on Bainbridge is celebrating its 50th year and begins at 7 am with a pancake breakfast at the Town & County parking lot. Starting at 9 am events include a street fair with kid’s games, crafts, food vendors, and live music, there’s a family fun run, a classic car show, beer and wine garden, parade at 1 pm and a fireworks show over Eagle Harbor at dusk. 

Snohomish County

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth kicks off with a 5K and 1K running event at 10 am, which is followed by a children’s parade at 11:30 am and a main parade at noon. There will be food vendors and evening entertainment starting at 6 pm at Civic Stadium, a beard and mustache contest and a fireworks display at 10 pm. 

The Everett Colors of Freedom Festival beings with the Colors of Freedom Parade at 11 am. The Colors of Freedom Festival is from 1-11pm at Legion Park where there will be kid’s activities, a food fair, beer garden, live music and fireworks. The Thunder of the Bay Fireworks show starts at 10:20 pm at Port Gardner Bay, but there is viewing at Legion Park. There is no parking at the festival, but a free shuttle will be transporting people throughout day back-and-forth from the park and Everett Community College. 

Skagit County

Mount Vernon’s Fabulous 4th of July starts at 7 pm at Edgewater Park. There will be food and live music complete with a fireworks show at night fall. 

Anacortes is hosting a Fourth of July celebration from 10 am-11 pm. There is a parade at 11 am, a patriotic program at Causland Park and a fireworks show over Fidalgo Bay at dusk. 

Whatcom County

Bellingham’s Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration is from 9 am to 10:30 pm at Zuanich Point Park. The celebration includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, children’s games, live music, a beer garden and vendor booths. A fireworks display is scheduled for 10:30 pm. 

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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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GiveBIG on May 10

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 9, 2017

GiveBIG to Goodwill on May 10, 2017.Every year, Seattle Foundation hosts GiveBIG a local day of giving for King County non-profit organizations—and every year, we’re excited to participate.

In our last fiscal year, we helped over 9,700 local individuals through our free job training and education programs. This includes placing over 1,400 people in jobs, helping 270 people connect with higher education and training opportunities, and partnering with over 700 employers to hire our students. For our students who completed our programs, they saw an average household income increase of over $16,000.

Now, more than ever, it is critical to support our local job training and education programs. We believe wholeheartedly that jobs change lives. And they don’t only change the lives of our students—they have a ripple effect into families and communities as well. 

I gave BIG today! #GiveBIG

Tune into our Facebook page today to hear some of the stories of the lives impacted by the generous financial and material donors (as well as the shoppers!) in our community. We’ll be sharing student stories all day long, and at 11:15 am, meet some of our teachers in a Facebook Live video.


If you’re ready to GiveBIG to Goodwill, you can donate here:

And if you GiveBIG, feel free to let people know with the graphic to the right! Simply right click or tap & hold, click “save image as”, and save it to your device so you can upload it to your preferred social media channels. 

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Check out what's #AtGoodwillNow

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
April 24, 2017

With 40 donation centers scattered across the Puget Sound, Seattle Goodwill receives countless unique, highly sought after items that land on our store shelves and are quickly purchased or rotated out on a routine basis.

In fact, we get so much, keeping tabs on the most intriguing donations is quite challenging. And once a desirable item hits the sales floor, blink a few times and it’s gone.

Well, thanks to our Spring Shop Campaign, we are reducing customers’ fear of missing out.

Seattle Goodwill’s social media channels have always showcased the many items we receive, and we are excited to announce the addition of two new Twitter accounts—one for Capitol Hill (@ShopCapHillGW) and one for our South Everett (@ShopSEverettGW) location—where new donations will be posted on a daily basis in real time.

Throughout the day items will be tweeted out as they arrive on shelves followed by #AtGoodwillNow. Every trip to our stores offers a treasure hunt, and we encourage customers to use the hashtag to share those gems with other Goodwill shoppers. Helping others find items of interest ultimately benefits our free job training and education programs.

While a hyperlocal focus is being placed on Capitol Hill and South Everett, there is a possibility in the future of expanding twitter accounts to showcase all our stores.

Be sure to follow our new accounts and regularly check their feeds to make sure you aren’t missing out on the latest hidden treasures.


Capitol Hill: @ShopCapHillGW

South Everett: @ShopSEverettGW

Don’t forget to use #AtGoodwillNow with your tweets and tag us at @SeatteGoodwill.

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