Thursday, November 17, 2011

Glitter Sale Recap

Thank you again to everyone who volunteered, waited in line, and shopped the Glitter Sale this past weekend.  Countless community members and Goodwill employees volunteered (that's our president and CEO Ken Colling in red in the first picture!), over 2,500 people shopped, and we raised a record high of $186,217!  Net proceeds from the sale support our free job training and education programs, so our success means even more people can be served throughout our community.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank you for making our Glitter Sale a success!

Thank you to everyone who came out and shopped our Glitter Sale this weekend! Check back tomorrow for some great pictures from the sale.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Glitter Sale starts tomorrow!

The Glitter Sale is this weekend!  Be ready when our doors open tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. with these useful tips:
  • Pre-printed numbers are needed to view the jewelry - these are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once numbers 1-300 have been called, there will be an OPEN CALL announcement for jewelry.
  • Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend, so don't worry if you're not the first through the door!
  • Outfits from the blog and the Glitter Gala fashion show will be on specially marked racks.
  • Pick up a blue mesh shopping bag when you arrive; shopping carts are not allowed.
  • Glitter Sale items are returnable within 7 days of purchase with original tag and receipt.
  • Wear a leotard or swimsuit to try on clothes; there are no dressing rooms.
  • Bring a friend who will give you honest feedback - shoppers will vastly outnumber the mirrors! 
Remember, proceeds from the Glitter Sale support Goodwill's free job training and education programs in the community.  All the more reason to get that decadent necklace and elegant dress!

Goodwill employee Veronica Dumitrescu shopping Glitter Sale shoes in a gorgeous vintage dress - look for it at the sale tomorrow!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Designer Pieces and Ready-to-Wear Details

Thanks to all of our supporters, the Glitter Gala was a huge success!  Stay tuned for a re-cap of the night's festivities and fashion show - for now all we can think about is the Glitter Sale this weekend!

Our in-house fashion expert and Bellevue store manager Gary Foy created several amazing outfits using items from the Glitter Sale racks.  For him, details are the key to a good outfit.  "Heavy accessories are huge right now," he says.  "Details pop more than the actual clothes."

Veronica Dumitrescu, who works at our Bellevue store, graciously agreed to try on some of Gary's outfits, which mix designer pieces with ready-to-wear items.  "Everybody wants to have the look, but not everyone can afford the outfit," notes Gary.  "Mixing designer pieces in with your regular wardrobe is an easy way to get the look you want and keep the price low."

The outfit below is a perfect example of this, with Michael Kors shirt dress accented with a great faux fur bag, colorful scarf and sparkling beaded necklace.

The second outfit tops a flowing Diane von Furstenberg top with an inexpensive sequined shrug and multiple gold belts.  And check out those Tory Burch shoes!  The gold accent on the heel is the perfect detail to complete the look.

We had so much fun creating outfits, but the real fun begins bright and early Saturday morning!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for some great tips on shopping the Glitter Sale.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Runway-Inspired Designer Shoes

Our fourth annual Glitter Gala is tonight!  Here at the office we're getting all glammed up, while our amazing volunteer models are being styled at our partners Robert Leonard Salon and Day Spa and Salon Circa.  The highlight of the evening is of course a fashion show featuring items that will be for sale this coming weekend at the Glitter Sale! Our partner, the Art Institute of Seattle, worked with us to create an exciting, glamorous show, and we can't wait to see the final product!

All proceeds from the evening will go towards our Career Pathways program, which helps our students further their education through community college classes or training programs.

Be sure to follow us at GlitterSale_Gal or #glittergala for updates throughout the evening - you'll want to scope out the runway fashions before you get to the Sale!

Inspired by visions of our models walking the runway, we found these gorgeous designer shoes on our sale racks and just had to share. These blush-toned Christian Louboutins, gold-accented Marni shoes and colorful 7 For All Mankind heels are looking for a new closet to call home, and you won't find them for a better price.  So get ready to shop our Glitter Sale this Saturday and Sunday - we'll see you there!    

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Earrings that Sparkle

Some of our Glitter Sale items will be hitting the runway tomorrow night at our annual fundraiser, the Glitter Gala! For a behind-the-scenes look at the action and a preview of the featured pieces that will then be sold at the Glitter Sale, be sure to follow us on Twitter at GlitterSale_Gal or #glittergala.

Of course, you don't need an entire glamorous outfit to bring some glitter to your life - a little touch of sparkle can go a long way.  Details make the outfit, and these earrings would be the perfect pops of color and shine to accent anything you wear.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Glitter Sale is less than a week away!

The Glitter Sale is this weekend, Nov. 12 and 13!  We're all getting pretty excited here at Goodwill as everything gets set up and more and more racks are filled with gorgeous clothes.

Our Vintage Fashion Collection Events Assistant, Carla Moar, went through the racks and pulled some of her favorite pieces that are for sale this year. "I love this cotton pink jacket," she says. "It's a vintage Canadian union label, and it's in excellent condition."  The vibrant color, exaggerated notch collar and plush material make it amazingly fun to wear - Carla couldn't resist putting it on!

This wool black dress is from a local dress shop that was located in the University District in the 60's.  Never worn, it's in impeccable condition, and the gathering at the front is chic and flattering.  Carla notes, "The high-quality wool makes this a great dress for the fall or winter.  It hits just below the knee, which is a very popular cut right now."

Another one of Carla's favorites is this red wool Ellen Kaye dress from the late 40's/early 50's.  "This is a totally fun fall or winter look, and the narrow glitter stripes really liven it up."  The dress is a rare, good-quality designer find with unique pleated shoulders and detailed waistline.

The Glitter Sale has something for everyone - stop by this weekend to find your favorite items!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Beaded Bags at the Glitter Sale

Check out these fun beaded bags from the Glitter Sale!  The top vintage piece is perfect for adding sparkle to any outfit, whether it be casual or more formal, and the little black beaded clutch will hold all of your essentials the next time you head out on the town.

We will have an amazing selection of bags and purses lining the wall at the Glitter Sale, so be sure to stop by to find your next signature purse.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Glitter Sale is Right Around the Corner

The Glitter Sale is coming up fast - it's only two weekends away, on Nov. 12-13!  Our Glitter Sale room is already filled to the brim with racks upon racks of beautiful clothes, shoes and purses, and then of course there are the cases of jewelry.  Be sure to come early to get the best selection - the line starts forming in the wee hours of the morning (don't worry, there will be coffee, provided by the awesome folks at PEMCO).  The sale is continously re-stocked, so if you can't make it on Saturday morning there will still be plenty of amazing things to choose from, like this stunning vintage sheath paired with a green rhinestone necklace.  We can't wait to see you at the sale!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Black, Gold and Glitter

There are tons of gorgeous designer pieces at this year's Glitter Sale!  The St. John jacket and sweater below are both in mint condition, and while their classic lines make them versatile, the gold touches bring a sophisticated glamour to the pieces.

The sumptuous jacket below is from the French design house Louis Féraud, known for a long history of dressing the Parisian elite.  The short cut and angled collar lend a bit of youthfulness to the piece, which plays against the elegant satin trim and plush fabric.  It's an easy way to bring a bit of Parisian style to your wardrobe!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sparkly Pins Galore!

Our jewelry selection at this year's Glitter Sale is out of this world!  Check out these gorgeous pins - they would be the perfect glittery touch to any outfit.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Gorgeous Missoni Three-Piece Set

This mint condition Missoni set is for sale at this year's Glitter Sale Nov. 12 &13!  The sleeveless top, cardigan and belt showcase the Italian designer's signature colorful knitwork, and the best part is that it won't break the bank!  Pair this set with jeans or a black skirt, and you could wear it anywhere.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Glitter Sale Gowns

Our Glitter Sale racks are full of gorgeous gowns and dresses, all at incredibly low prices.  This modern, sleek purple dress would make a bold statement at any formal event, with its flattering ruching and rich color.

If vintage is more your style, then check out this amazing, one-of-a-kind blue dress from Carolina Herrera.  The scalloped collar and mini bustle add a touch of whimsy, and the polka dots are right on trend for this fall.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Essential Fall Bag

This bright orange leather Tignanello bag is perfect for the fall, and it will be on sale at the Glitter Sale November 12 & 13!  Tignanello is known for their high quality, functional leather bags, and this piece is no exception.  It is in mint condition and would be a fabulous pop of color against any outfit.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Party Dresses at the Glitter Sale

The Glitter Sale is fast approaching, and the holiday season isn't far behind it.  Snag the perfect party dress at the sale just in time for your winter festivities.  This unique, colorful plaid dress is definitely a head-turner, while the Betsy & Adam dress below is chic with its stylish polka dots.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sophisticated Neutrals

While we love glitz and glitter, not everything at our Glitter Sale sparkles.  Looking for something glamorous yet understated?  We have a great selection of designer items on our racks that will add an effortless elegance to your wardrobe.

These Jimmy Choo shoes are simple and sophisticated, and will go with just about anything.

This mint condition Gucci bag still has plastic on the handles!  The patterned interior adds a modern touch, and the ivory color makes this the perfect bag to carry through the fall season into the winter.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Find that Signature Piece at the Glitter Sale

A quintessential American designer, Michael Kors is known for his clean lines and updated classic shapes. This gorgeous bright blue bag from his line will make a chic statement no matter what you wear it with, especially since bold colors are everywhere this fall.

It only takes one standout item to transform a well-worn outfit into something fresh and trendy, and the Glitter Sale will be full of such signature pieces!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Designer Labels for Less

The Glitter Sale is the perfect place to find fabulous designer clothes, shoes and accessories at incredibly low prices.  These gorgeous Tory Burch shoes are just waiting to be snatched up, and with their gold accents they are an easy way to add a touch of metallic to your fall wardrobe.

One of our favorite Glitter Sale items so far is this Dolce & Gabbana animal print top. Animal print is one of the biggest fall trends, and this semi-sheer tunic is a unique, stylish way to wear it. You could pair it with jeans to add a stylish edge to your Saturday afternoon, or dress it up for a night out on the town.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the sale on November 12 & 13 – you don’t want to miss out on these designer pieces!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top Your Outfit Off With Some Sparkle

Make any outfit instantly glamorous by adding a glittery top. You’ll find one for every occasion at our Glitter Sale, from sleek, sleeveless date-night shirts to fun, trendy pieces that will add some energy to any work day.

Make a bold statement with this gold patterned Sténay shirt – perfect with a pair of jeans or skinny black pants.

Go easily from day to evening with this sleeveless white Littler top. Pair with a jacket during the day, then switch the jacket out for a wrap and a long necklace for the evening.

This sleeveless black Worthington top screams sophistication. Go all black with black pants or play with color on the bottom to add a fun twist.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Perfect Pops of Color

Capes and ponchos are huge right now, and we already have several hanging on our Glitter Sale racks!  Add some color to a dreary fall day with these bright pieces, or better yet pair them with colorful pants to create a stylish color blocking effect.

If you are looking for a more tailored coat but don't want to sacrifice color, check out this gorgeous red and blue striped Littler coat.  This coat is in impeccable condition, and it's the perfect way to transform your look with only one piece.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Stay Warm in These Gorgeous Coats

The Glitter Sale is fast approaching, and so is the cold weather.  Don’t sacrifice style as you bundle up – we have some amazing coats available at the Glitter Sale, and they’re all at a fraction of department store prices.

This beautiful Marc Jacobs pink brocade coat is right on trend for the fall, with its colorful animal print pattern.

Add instant glamour to any outfit with this vintage Sandra Sage overcoat.  Once a must-have label for Manhattan socialites, the Sandra Sage clothing line was popular from the early 1940s through the 1970s, and it is easy to see why looking at this mint-condition, beautifully-detailed piece.

There is nothing more sumptuous than a floor-length velvet coat.  This unique black coat has some personality with its ornate toggles and hood.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The 2011 Glitter Season is Upon Us

It’s time to get ready to glitter! Seattle Goodwill’s annual Glitter Gala and Glitter Sale are just around the corner. Spend an elegant evening watching a fashion show and participating in a silent auction at our Glitter Gala on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00 pm. Then block off your weekend to shop our 28th Annual Glitter Sale at our Seattle store. The sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

We already have racks upon racks of fabulous designer clothes, vintage finds, glamorous formal wear, and beautiful jewelry and accessories, and we want to give you a sneak peek of what you will be able to find at the sale this year. Plus we’ll have insider information and shopping tips you can’t miss!

Our Glitter Sale is practically a Seattle institution, and you just have to experience the glitz and energy yourself. Check out this video of last year’s sale and start getting excited – we certainly are!