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Post Glitter

Okay, I’m finally sitting down on a Sunday evening to show you all what I got at the Glitter Sale this Saturday.  Let me first say that I’ve been waiting for this week all year.  When I first started this challenge this year I knew that the Glitter Gala/Sale week was going to have to be one of the bigger events that I participated in for the year and I was right!  I BROUGHT IT all week, modeling in the Gala on Wednesday and camping out Friday night BEFORE the store even closed to make sure I was FIRST in line at the big sale!  I really never waited in line for concert tickets, or black Friday sales so I knew this was going to have the be my chance to experience the excitement of line-waiters.  Apparently in China they actually have such horribly long lines that they actually have an entire industry of “line-waiters” that you pay to wait in line for you for everything from pharmaceuticals to being able to see a doctor?!  Knowing that I’ll say that I’m certainly glad I only had to do it once in my lifetime!

But, I met a bunch of people, had a great time and bought lots of fabulous items for holiday gifts!  I did initially walk in and immediately grab like 20 handbags and then browse the store for those Christian Louboutin heels but I couldn’t find them so I went over to the jewelry immediately.  When I finally got my jewelry purchase down to the keepers I went through the handbags that I had grabbed and I have to say that I was a bit disapointed with what I found… all of them except one (the orange Tignanel0 bag that was on the Glitter Sale blog a couple of weeks ago) were fake!  I even grabbed the Gucci handbag on the blog too and once I looked through at the hardware I knew it was a knock-off (a really good knock-off but still).  But, with everything there are positives… so here are some of the benefits of my Glitter week.

1.  I met the my stylist Michael Weigand and the staff of Salon Circa and let me tell you I’m making it my new salon (even though I’m a die-hard Aveda girl) because their level of experience, their dedication and amazing artistry on the models for the Glitter Gala was just too much NOT to want to make them your home salon!  All the other models that didn’t go to Salon Circa kept telling us that they wished they had been able to go to Salon Circa!  I had so many compliments, heard so many praises and have so much respect for stylists that touch up your lipstick right before you go onstage that it’s not even a question where I’ll be going from now on!  I just hope the “powers that be” at the Goodwill corporate hear my message and make sure Salon Circa comes back again and again for the Glitter Gala!

2.  I always love meeting new people!  And both the Glitter Gala and the Sale had plenty of opportunities for me to meet so many people that love the Goodwill as much (or more) than I do!  I have new staff members (from stores and the back office), new customers, new volunteers, new Art Institute students… so many new people and TONS of great Goodwill stories to share that it would take months to get all the blog posts done!  From the Dearborn staff member Sammy (who I just seen working the register at the Glitter Sale today) to Arthur and Brice from Camino island that kept me laughing and company all cold pavement night long!  Or Hallynd and her step-mom Amanda (who comes up from Portland every year for the Glitter Sale) telling me stories of all their fabulous past Glitter sale finds!  Yes, this year has been an adventure but this week in particular I’ve been able to meet so many more people because of the Goodwill, which is really what doing a challenge/blog is all about… connecting with people.

3.  Third is the fact that with this week I’ve seen a side of Goodwill that not many people get to experience.  From the top-notch Glitter Gala fundraiser that was a black-tie, dinner and champagne event  at the Sheraton to walking down the line as the first person at the sale and having all the staffers giving me high-fives… this whole year I’ve grown to understand so much more about the organization that I’ve chosen to support with my year of buying but this week really knocked it out of the park.  I mean I seen models that looked like they walked right off the fashion pages of Neiman Marcus!  Models wearing fashions that two days later were hanging right in front of me on the sale racks!  I experienced how dedicated this organization is to helping train and serve others with the countless stories they had in the back model-prep rooms of all the people Goodwill has helped change their life, with purchasing the fashions we were wearing!  Talk about making a girl feel like a million dollars by not only outfitting her in designer creations but letting her know that these efforts make a difference in another human beings life!

4.  And fourth, but not least are the goodies themselves… isn’t this why we wait in line to see the models?  Get into the doors first thing in the morning?  The Glitter Gala and Sale are all about what people love about Goodwill… the goodies they can find for such amazing prices and for such a great cause!  So without further adieu… here are a couple of samples of my Goodwill Goodies I snagged as first-in-line Saturday morning.

I hope those I’m buying holiday gifts for don’t see all their future goodies here!!!  :-)

Just look at all that jewelry!  I could have purchased much, much more… but I did get some of the best of the best here.  I picked up a real Tiffany & Co. silver bracelet for less than $30!  I also picked up what could be my buy of the week, but since it’s a holiday gift (and I know somebody is reading this) I won’t confirm that until December.  Let’s just say it costs hundreds of dollars and I snagged it for less than $80!

I did sneak a couple of images of some of the items at the sale.  They had beautifully color-coordinated the racks of each department making it so wonderful to see first hand!

and even more dresses!

and because I was totally exhausted on Saturday after the sale I didn’t have time to shop for anything else so we went back today to donate a couple of things…

yes, that’s a blu-ray DVD player (that doesn’t work) along with clothes and a couple of other household items.

We ended up getting a new baby gate and some more pants for the little guy, but because I’ve worn down my immune system this week I now have a full-blown cold and need to go to sleep pretty soon, so I didn’t take any picture of the new stuff.

This week has been fun and it’s hard to imagine that I’m almost done with my year-long Goodwill challenge.  Only the holidays left to go and then I’m onto next years media challenge!

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Getting ready for Halloween @ Goodwill!

So if you’ve toured your local Goodwill lately you will probably see a TON of Halloween items out, ready for the big costume day!  I’ve had fewer shopping trips to the stores lately because of my schedule but also because I’m saving up funds for the big Seattle Glitter Gala and sale (check out their blog which shows a lot of the groovy items up for grabs this year!)… but I’ve still managed to get out and costume our family over the last month.

I still have a couple of things to find because I have two costumes to buy (one for work and one for our friends Halloween party) but I’m sure I’ll find what I need with the awesome assortment of choices in each of the stores!

So far, this last week I finished off our little guy’s costume for 1/2 price $1.99 each (and bought another swim top)…

While we were there our little one found a drum to bang on!  (only $2.99)

And I scored another cute Nordstrom-designer dress for only $5.99 with a JCrew sweater that was $5.99 also.

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Labor Day Sales

This weekend was Labor Day, so we went to check out the Goodwill’s holiday weekend sales to find some of the items on our back-to-school list.

First we headed over to the Seattle Goodwill Dearborn store on Friday evening…

Just look at this LIST!!!  The first thing we found was this big, insulated lunch bag.  Big enough for goodies, milk and everything else!

We also found some other needed things such as these Safety 1st baby-proofing latches for the fridge and drawers since we had been putting all our kitchen items on counters for months to get them out of our little one’s reach.  They were installed this weekend and what a luxury it is to not have towels and utensils all over the floor!  We also picked up this great car-washing-cloth as the first of a holiday basket we are making for Nana and Papa.  Remember… they have all those classic cars that need to be washed all the time!  We also found a couple of items for the little one like this great sippy-cup that is usually sold at Williams Sonoma for $12.00 each picked up for .99 cents!  And a Manhattan Toy that is currently being sold in Nordstrom stores for $14.99 that we picked up 1/2 off .99 cents!

Then on Monday, mommy took a couple of hours for herself and went to the Bellevue Goodwill store…

The store was crazy packed!  But I managed to find a couple of goodies in the big sale (.99 cent BLUE TAGS, and 40% off PINK and GREEN TAGS)

As  you can tell I’m a label shopper and the Bellevue Goodwill store always satisfies!  I ended up scoring a Faconnable top for 40% off $9.99… picked up a great Eddie Bauer skirt and designer jacket for .99 cents each and a pair of Gap pants for the little one for 40% off $1.99!

And…

We found another item off our back-t0-school list!  These great brand-new Target rain boots that were only $5.99!

Hopefully you all had a great Labor Day weekend and are ready for back-to (school or work)!

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The Emerald of the Thrift-world!

Seattle.  My true home.  I grew up on my parent’s farm south of Olympia and have called Seattle my home since 1991.  I moved away for a while to Chicago then Boulder, Colorado… but Seattle was always in my heart.  I experienced the Grunge rush, lived the boom of Nordstrom and Starbucks and even co-owned an internet company in the 1990s (who DIDN’T?!) and with all these experiences I found that no other city rivals the Emerald Gem we have in our backyards!

Now that I work in the nonprofit world, that view of Seattle hasn’t changed for me.  Seattle is still home to some of the greatest nonprofits we have in the WORLD!  (Gates Foundation anybody?!) AND… we are blessed with one of the best Goodwill organizations (actually TWO of the best!) in the country as well… Seattle (and Tacoma)!  Not only did I get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tacoma Goodwill industries lately but I also got to visit my home city’s thrift GEM, the Seattle Goodwill http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/ last week!

I started off shopping in the main Seattle flagship store and ended up scoring some of the first RED TAG deals of my Valentines weekend!  Then I met up with David Sandler, Media Relations/Communications Coordinator for the Seattle Goodwill.  I was immediately at ease with David because he cracked out the camera and asked to take pictures of me shopping… two of my stronger qualities.

Posing and Shopping… or is that being a shopping poser?  I can’t decide.

We went over to the Job Center and met with the manager, Janice Rapier the Seattle Job Training & Education Center Director, who took me through all the job training offerings the center has and some of the cool programs they offer like their youth program that takes 15-17 year olds, gives them a stipend, they work with a collaborating partner (like Seattle Parks and Rec) to get engaged in projects in THEIR community.  Helping them to not only gain valuable life and career guidance but while getting paid to invest in their own environment!  I -HEART- stuff like this!  I had the normal teenage angst about the small farm community that I grew up in because I was chomping at the bit to get into the “real” world and make a name for myself.  But let me tell you looking back as an adult, this kind of program that offers youth the ability to create a real sense of community by being engaged only helps establish pride in where they are from, and that is something they will carry with them forever.  So why not make it a good one?!  Our local Goodwill is helping do just that, helping establish pride in our city!

Or how about their success stories from people like Roseanne, “She immigrated to the United States from the Philippines seeking a brighter future, but her lack of confidence speaking English made it difficult to find work. The Retail and Customer Service Training Program at Shoreline Goodwill helped her become more outgoing while learning valuable jobs skills. Now she works two jobs to support herself here and help her four siblings in the Philippines, all while taking classes at Shoreline Community College.”  This is one of many successes in our Emerald city that you can read about on their website at: http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/jobtraining/successstories .

Yes, the Seattle Goodwill is up to some fantastic work for our city and citizens!  I will expand on their other programs in future postings… but back to the tour.

David and I then met up with some of the students of the Retail training program while they were working on their registers.  It looked just like the check-out lines of the main store with shelves of items, students @ the registers, students browsing the shelves and taking baskets of goodies to be rung up.  Coming from a past retail manager, the Goodwill’s 3 day register training was a blessing in disguise!  No wonder they have over 50 businesses in the area coming to meet with these students (I mean prospective employees) because I never had 3 days of just register training at any of the larger retail businesses I worked for!  A big smile came across my face… where were these thoughtfully trained employees when I needed them?  I’m happy to see somebody’s gotten it right not only for the employer but also for the new employee!

From there David and I walked along the corridors of the training center, stopping to meet other staff members (like the Seattle Goodie-Room guy!) and ended our tour outside on a beautiful, sunny Seattle day.  I again was amazed at all the programs and work that goes into our community from this one organization, all under the guise of a thrift-store!  A thrift-store that helps make all this wonderful work possible!  But even with all my excitement David saved another GEM for the last when he spoke about the development of a new building that would house their Job Training Programs and administrative offices on the corner of Rainier and Dearborn.

So besides the repairs and upgrades to the Seattle (Dearborn) retail facility lately like air conditioning, new flooring and lighting, and restroom improvements, now we get a new Goodwill beacon in our Emerald city!  SWEET!

What a lucky girl I am to know organizations like this and to be able to support them and their invaluable work in our community through my donations and of course my THRIFT-SHOPPING!

Our Goodwill GEMS are unlike any other and I for one will treat them like my other precious gems… I keep them close, take good care of them and I show off their SPARKLYNESS to the whole world!

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Buying for Baby

The stork is working overtime! I don’t know if it is true about being in a baby-boom because the economy has driven people inside (and you know what happens when people try and look for entertainment inside?!) but somethings been going on because babies are being born left and right!

So for those of you in the middle of this baby-boom, here are some ways that we’ve incorporated Goodwill buys into some gift baskets for the new babies.

Enjoy! (Oh, and whatever you do… DON’T DRINK THE WATER!)

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INTRODUCING… The “BUY of the WEEK”

This weekend I not only decided to launch the Living the Goodwill Life videos *YEAH!*… BUT I also announce the first of our “BUY of the WEEK” (BOTW)!

As you will see in the video below the BOTW for the first week of February 2011 is a beautiful, brand-new-with-tags, Nordstrom’s baby girl sweater!  

I love this sweater because not only is it brand new but it has that vintage look that we often don’t get with modern baby clothes!

Enjoy this, the first of many Thrift-Haul videos!

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Neiman & Nordstrom meet your match!

After work yesterday, I stopped into the Seattle Goodwill to see what I could see.

And tonight I hit the jackpot in more than one way.  Not only did I cross two items off my growing Goodwill list (partner’s scarf and another jumper for the little guy) but I scored what could possibly be the first of many SUPER SCORES!

Last year I ran across a woman toting a Hartmann piece of luggage down the Seattle Goodwill aisles and since I used to sell luggage I knew this was a deal for pennies of the original $400 retail price tag.  Ever since then I try to scan the luggage section and tonight it paid off, BIG!

If you know designer items then you know that they usually are distinguishable with their higher quality materials, which is what I spotted immediately.  A soft, electric blue suede and white leather trim just POPPED of the shelves to my eyes and then I looked at the logo… it said DVF.  Well, if you also know designers there is only ONE DVF… Diane von Furstenburg!  I google imaged the logo and it was one and the same, so I swipped it up immediately.  Immediately because what could have cost hundreds of dollars was just sitting on the shelf all by its lonesome with a Goodwill price tag of $5.99!

Just look at this beauty!

There is only one problem… I don’t know the combination?!  I thought this was going to be a problem but I’m not one to back down from a challenge, especially when it comes to a piece of designer luggage!  So either I somehow pick the lock, send it back to DVF or rotate the combinations until it works… this will open!

Maybe not only is it DVF but maybe it’s a treasure chest too and something fabulous is inside it?  It does make a noise when you go “shaky, shaky, shaky”!

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