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All Thrifty States

The boys and I had the pleasure of meeting Jenna and Ed from the All Thrifty States project while they were in Seattle.  Since their visit to our beautiful state, Jenna has taken their haRVey through numerous states on a quest to document as much of America‘s thrifting population as possible.

I keep up on her summer adventures to all the thrift stores I’d LOVE to visit (and some states I’d love to revisit!) on her Facebook and Twitter sites.  It’s like going on a road trip without having all the mess of driving, camping and trying to find healthy food to eat in the middle of nowhere!  (thanks Jenna!)

So while your sitting at your cubical wishing to escape for a quick-summer-moment, check out all the people and treasures All Thrifty States is running into on their adventures, and remember… Living the Goodwill Life and projects like All Thrifty States are here to encourage you to SHOP and DONATE to your local nonprofit thrift stores, so take an afternoon and go THRIFT!


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New Goodwill stores!

This weekend is one of those busy summer weekends around the Seattle area.  We are having the Rock n Roll Marathon, it’s PRIDE weekend and the Tacoma Goodwill is celebrating by opening one of two new stores this summer in Gig Harbor.

Their Gig Harbor grand RE-Opening started Thursday, June 23rd but will be going on all weekend long so if you are like Fox Island resident Pam Greinke, then you’ll score lots of goodies too!  (photo courtesy of Tacoma Goodwill)

The next Goodwill store opening is in Yelm and is slated to start Thursday, July 8th.  Go, Go, GOODWILL!

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The Monkey is 1!

Today we completely enjoyed the beautiful Seattle summer sunshine and attended (yet, another) 1st birthday celebration at a Lake Washington park.

So, we prepared by purchasing some gift items @ the Goodwill.

The jumper we found for $2.99 at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill  and I found the brand-new (with matching gift tag) little boy’s gift bag at the Bellevue Goodwill for $1.99.  We always re-use tissue paper when we get gifts… another great GREEN thing to do!

This outfit on our little one was all Goodwill…  the shirt is that vintage orange one we picked up @ the Belleuve Goodwill (that we had him in for his 1st birthday) and the blue/white gingham outfit is a Pottery Barn jumper that I picked up @ the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill months ago.

These days are one of the reasons why Seattle and Washington state will always be in my heart as (to this date) the best place I’ve lived… because when it’s 75 degrees and sunny here it is PARADISE!
Happy Birthday our little “Monkey” friend!  We will miss you.  

Have a great life in Florida!

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Goodwill Garden *Update*

This last month I planted a Goodwill Garden on our balcony and this weekend I wanted to leave you with something inspirational…  So  today (in over 3 years of being here) a lot more activity is sprouting up in our little corner of the complex!

Have a GREAT Memorial Day Weekend and…

Go, Go, Seattle Sunshiny Summer!

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The Grass is GREENER @ Goodwill!

This week we had one of those beautiful Spring Seattle days so after a weekend of not feeling well, we went out to a park with some of our latest Goodwill finds.

The SMELL of the fresh mowed grass was just as yummy as the blue waters!

Just look at how much fun we were having in the GREEN grass!

Spring has finally SPRUNG!

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Spring Fling! (Goodwill style)

OMG… I think I see a flower blooming!

Yes, it’s time for spring… and that means spring cleaning!  So in honor of the cleansing spirit the Seattle Goodwill has partnered with the Seattle Weekly, Wishpot, Urbandipity and Social Magnet Marketing for a kick-off to spring for charity!

So WHERE is all the groovy stuff happening?

Broadway Grill 314 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102
When: March 31st, 2011
Time: 5-8 p.m

The Seattle Goodwill will be handing out raffle tickets to anyone who arrives with an article of clothing to donate PLUS, the best donation gets 5 raffle tickets!

Thanks to Broadway Grill there will be a FREE buffet!  And just CHECK OUT the prizes up for grabs!

A night’s stay at the quintessential Seattle hotel, Inn at the Market
A night’s stay at Hotel Bellevue
$100 gift certificate to Broadway Grill
Hairstyling and feather extensions from Swink Style Bar
$100 gift card to Zebraclub
$495 gift certificate from Tannyab.com (wardrobe stylist)
2 box seat tickets to the Sounders
2 $25 gift certificates from Bill the Butcher
$25 gift card and a cookbook from Ray’s Boathouse
2 tickets to HopScotch beer tasting at Fremont Studios April 1-2
2 tickets to Henry Art Gallery
2 passes to Cinebarre movie theatre
Gift Certificate to Easy Street Records

So grab an item from your wardrobe for Goodwill and meet us at the Broadway Grill for a night filled with fun, friends, networking, and great prizes.

Happy SPRINGThrift-public!

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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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Family Haul

This Saturday was WAY to nice out to spend inside the Goodwill… but then again, maybe not.

My family (from the south Puget Sound) came up for the day to work on our Grandpa’s house but the girls had a different idea!  We were going on a THRIFT HAUL! My mother frequents all the Tacoma-based stores but had never been to the main Seattle Goodwill, so we all took an hour and went indoors…

I scored this Great, Green, GAP bag for $5.99 (a second baby bag)      

My sis scored a fabulous khaki Banana Republic skirt and mom found a NWT bunch of girl bibs for all the new little ones this year!  Unfortunately none of the items were BLUE TAG, which is the 50% off for the Seattle stores this weekend, but not every weekend you get a designer item for 1/2 off!

Afterwards they all took a ferry-ride topped off with the traditional Seattle IVARS run, so the sunlight wasn’t completely waisted.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Thrift-public!


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Thrift 365

By now, most Americans are used to seeing “Top 10 lists”, sub-“reality” TV and the all-so-common “look what happens when you do THIS too much” version of the NEWS.  News that we all so eagerly search for everyday before we actually start working.

So, in the spirit of how we view our current world (2011 style), I hear by commit this next year of my life (January 1st to December 31st 2011) to shop at the Goodwill for EVERYTHING I need!  (except food, hygiene and toiletries)

Yep, you heard it here first…

This Seattleite is going Goodwill for an entire year!

That includes all the items I need for my family and it even includes the gifts I need to buy for all the birthdays, holidays and celebrations happening during this year (including my son’s 1st birthday!).

WHY am I doing this?  Well first of all I LOVE shopping at thrift stores!  Yes, if I win the lottery I will still shop at thrift stores and you know… I bet I wouldn’t be the only millionaire there!  Secondly, I believe in living a balanced life, which means my family gives back instead of just taking & buying in our consumer driven society.  We choose to honor the blessings we receive by giving back.  Giving back by reusing or recycling, volunteering our time for causes we believe in and helping support them by donating to and shopping at thrift stores such as the Goodwill.  Not only is thrift store shopping a GREEN way to live but if you choose stores that support nonprofits/social causes you are helping many other people at the same time!  Finally, during this difficult economy… finding ways to SAVE money we feel is a smart way to live! 

Now I know that there are a million thrift stores out there, and most of them support nonprofits and/or social causes, but for the sake of sanity, for the causes they support and the sheer magnitude of thrift store shopping in the Seattle area, I choose to ONLY shop Goodwill for this entire year.

BUT… I would like to be an equal opportunity blogger so for those other fabulous stores, shoppers and their causes, if you have a web link to an article you have written on a different thrift store please submit it!  I will do my best to provide links and acknowledge your work.  (as with most things now-days… postings with images/video will get my first viewing)

WHY?  This blog, and this year of my life, is not only to show our world what would happen if one person shops at thrift stores for a year.  But this blog is to also showcase the variety of thrift shopping options and to share all the fabulous thrift shoppers who already dedicate their lives to living a GREEN, economical and charitable existence (and of course revel in all their amazing thrift store finds!)



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It all starts somewhere

It all started in a Thrift Store!

After years of Thrift store, swap meet, garage sale shopping… the premise for this blog and subsequent book came about.  Being a native of Seattle, not only has the region’s personal style been one mixed with vintage but the awesome mega-thrift of the region is Goodwill.  Both encouraging the Eco-friendly refashions, art, lifestyle you will come to find in this blog.

We are always scouting for inspirational stories, images, styles… so if your a die-hard Thrifter please email us!

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