Way before Macklemore made a song about it, those “in the know” were already hip to the lure of the Goodwill. The non-profit resale shops offer a wealth of everything from stylish, couture pieces to unique, vintage furniture. The Dearborn store in Central Seattle is the largest Goodwill in the country, spanning a full city block!
With that said, if you’re not a “treasure hunter,” the Goodwill experience can be a bit overwhelming. We called on Goodwill’s Katharine Boury to offer a method to the madness. Here are her top 5 tips!
Each week, Goodwill offers tag sales where deep discounts are tagged by color.
There’s a Fashion Focus section in each store that highlights clothes and accessories in style for the season. While the majority of Goodwill items are used, the stores also carry new items, many of which are seasonal pieces.
EVERY STORE IS DIFFERENT
Goodwill stores frequently reflect the neighborhood’s they’re in. For example, the Capitol Hill Goodwill is known for its vast vintage collection, while the Monroe store is known for having a large men’s clothing section!
GLITTER & BICYCLES!
Goodwill has special sales every year!
- June 7th the Seattle store (on Dearborn) and the Ravenna store will hold its annual Cyclist Sale, with bikes, accessories and gear.
- March, the U-District store has the Designer Accessory Sale.
- November’s annual Glitter Sale.
COSTUMES & PET TOYS
Goodwill takes pride in offering a huge collection of Halloween costumes. The stores even offer “costume consultations” to help piece your outfit together. There’s even a pet toy section.
There are two Goodwill Outlets – Seattle (in SoDO) and in Everett. At the outlet stores, most items are sold by the pound, which means everything is sold at deeply discounted prices!
Best of all, your purchases from the Goodwill helps provide job training to millions of people each year. Happy shopping!