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.
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!
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!