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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Halloween DIY: Frankenstein

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 29, 2016


A classic year after year, you can’t go wrong with an iconic Frankenstein costume.

Here’s a fun Frankenstein fact: Did you know the 8-foot monster with facial scars and bolts in his neck isn’t really named Frankenstein? In fact, the real Frankenstein—in author Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel—is the monster’s creator, Victor Frankenstein. The monster, who in the novel was addressed as creature, fiend, spectre, the demon, wretch, devil, thing, being, ogre and was never given a name. Over time, the creature became known as Frankenstein and is one of the most well-known monsters today.

Call him what you will. We’re going with Frankenstein, and you can easily dress up as Victor Frankenstein’s creation with our quick and easy hair and makeup DIY tips.

Here is what you need to bring Frankenstein to life:

  • All black sport coat
  • Dark blue undershirt
  • All black slacks
  • Black shoes
  • Neck bolts
  • Makeup or face paint

Finding all the clothes you need for your Frankenstein costume should be fairly easy, and it’s really the makeup that will make your monster stand out. 

And before you go out and frighten the villagers, be sure to snap a photo and enter our annual Goodwill Costume Contest

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Halloween DIY: David Bowie

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 28, 2016


As far as making a fashion statement, it doesn’t get much better than David Bowie. Known for his music, style and constant reinvention, bringing Bowie to life is fun and simple.

The music legend died earlier this year, but left behind quite a list of accomplishments. He sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Bowie received five platinum records in the U.S. and nine platinum album certifications in the U.K. He also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Pay your respects to the late music legend by using our quick and easy DIY hair and makeup tips to transform yourself into the icon this Halloween.

Here’s what you need for the costume:

  • Flashy, loud button-up long-sleeved shirt
  • Even louder spandex pants
  • Red high heels
  • Makeup or face paint

What really makes this costume come to life is the hair and makeup. The pompadour hairstyle combined with the iconic lightning bolt face paint from Bowie’s 1973 Aladdin Sane album will make this costume easily recognizable. Watch the video above for some makeup tips.

Be sure to enter your David Bowie costume in our annual Goodwill Costume Contest! 

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Halloween DIY: Spock

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 27, 2016


Calling all Trekkies, or alien lifeforms beaming down to earn this Halloween, here is an easy DIY hair and makeup tutorial that will get you VIP access to both the Starship Enterprise and that Halloween party you’re attending.

Star Trek has never faded from popular culture since Gene Roddenberry created the science fiction television series in 1966. The intergalactic adventures of Captain Kirk and Spok always have drawn a cult-like following, but the new set of feature films—especially last summer’s blockbuster Star Trek Beyond—make Star Trek costumes a big hit this Halloween.

Spok is one of Star Trek’s most recognizable characters, and you can easily transform yourself into him with pieces from Goodwill. All you need are these items:

  • Black undershirt
  • Blue long-sleeved, V-neck shirt
  • Black tight pants
  • Black boots
  • Gold bracelets
  • Shiny pin
  • Intergalactic-looking gun
  • Pointy ears
  • Makeup or face paint

Makeup is one of the simplest aspects of this costume so make sure to take time to get the hair right. Outside of his pointy ears, Spok is easy spot with that token semi-bowl cut hairdo. See video above for some tips.

Be sure to enter your costume in our annual Goodwill Costume Contest

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Halloween DIY: Kitten

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 26, 2016


Outside of the famed pumpkin, and perhaps candy corn, trick-or-treaters, witches and ghosts, there may not be anything more synonymous with Halloween than a black cat. A favorite for the young and old, it’s hard to go wrong with dressing up as a cat or kitten for Halloween.

The costume is perfect for children, makeup application is easy and straightforward and all you really need outside of the makeup is some black clothing, ears and a tail which you can find at your local Goodwill.

Here is what you’ll need for your Halloween kitten costume:

  • Black and white makeup
  • Black shirt
  • Black shirt
  • White leggings
  • Sparkly shoes
  • Kitten ears

The kitten costume is perfect for a mom or dad who need a costume for their child in a short amount of time. The ears with the makeup will complete the look and make for a cute and easy costume this Halloween, and your son or daughter will be meowing around town while scoring loads of candy, which is purrrfect. 

Don't forget to enter your costume into our annual Goodwill Costume Contest

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