2011 Goodwill Glitter Sale Recap: Our Finds


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This past weekend was one of my favorite weekends of the year: The Goodwill Glitter Sale event.

This annual fashion event is held at the Goodwill on Dearborn St. in Seattle. The Goodwill saves all the fantastic items donated throughout the year and sells them at the Glitter Sale. This means there are fantastic finds, from designer shoes to glitzy pieces perfect for a New Year’s celebration.

I learned the hard way last year that you should get to the event early, as I talk about in my 2010 Goodwill Glitter Sale post. This year, I was prepared. I went with a few friends, whereas last year I went alone. And this time I got there at 7 am, rather than 8 am. I was disappointed that the line was still around the bend, similar to where I was in line the year before. However, we got into the first group (first 300 people) when they opened the doors, so no waiting in line for the other shoppers to finish scouring the Glitter Sale.

While waiting, I asked the people in the front of the line what time they got to the event. 2:00 FRIGGIN AM the night before. Seriously? I went further down the line and in about the middle from where I was to the front of the line, they said they got there at 5:15 am. Much more reasonable. Now I know for next year the golden arrival time seems to be between 5:00 and 6:00 am.

I think the fact that I was in the first group dramatically changed my experience. There were MUCH better finds this year, and I was happy to see the options for bigger-sized girls was fantastic. My one friend who is a size 4 had a lot of trouble finding items. We would actually stalk the skinny girls in the event, wait until they discarded items, and then scour their piles like a pack of vultures. A bit pathetic, but totally worth it since we found amazing finds for her in these abandoned pieces.

So let’s breakdown what we left with. After sweating, pushing, getting stuck between columns and racks, and experiencing brutal neck and back pain from a bag stuffed full of clothes, I settled on 4 pieces for a total of $129. One was the most FABULOUS Christmas sweater for an ugly Christmas sweater party I’m going to in December. The rest entailed a beautiful blush-toned cropped blazer ($7!), a leather crossbody satchel ($30), and the most fabulous navy fur-trimmed coat ($60).

womens navy fur coat

womens cropped blazer in pink

leather crossbody satchel

To be honest, I can’t believe I only walked away with 3.5 items. I tried on over 60 items, but since I’m a stickler for fit and quality I didn’t do much damage. I probably could have spent all day there, but the mayhem can be overwhelming, so we decided to head out.

Plus, there are a few items that my friends bought that I will definitely be borrowing. First, the MOST AMAZING red cap jacket, à la Little Red Riding Hood. We saw a girl from across the Glitter Sale walking around in it. We literally followed her for 5 minutes until she finally discarded it. We basically made Melissa buy it. This was a fantastic $100 find.

cape coat red

red womens cape

Sarah, who you may recognize from this post featuring her amazing street style, bought a lot of really cute things, most of which were a result of scouring other women’s’ discard piles. She spent a little under $100, including a black blazer that fits like a glove ($15), faux diamond earrings ($7), a gold slouchy sweater ($10), a black sheer blouse with glitter trim ($15), and a white sheer cardigan with bead embellishments ($30).

thrifted womens black blazer

womens black blazer

sheer white cardigan with embellishment

sheer black blouse womens

womens sheer black blouse

womens blouse with glitter trim

Overall, it was a fabulous event that we definitely plan on attending again next year. One of the women at the event told us that Sunday afternoons around 3 pm you will find no line, so we might experiment going both days next year. In sum, the Goodwill Glitter Sale is a great place to find affordable, on-trend fashion pieces, particularly coats and glitzy tops.

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11 Comments on 2011 Goodwill Glitter Sale Recap: Our Finds

  1. Adriana
    November 14, 2011 at 7:44 am (6 years ago)

    Glad you had an amazing time! I made out pretty well too! I will be posting my finds later! And, you are right about Sunday. I attended both days, arrived around 10am on Sunday and walked straight in!

  2. Sarah
    November 14, 2011 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

    Melissa and I would like you to know how CUTE you look in your coat! Also, typo-I learned the hard way what time you should get to the event (early) last year

  3. arica
    November 14, 2011 at 10:13 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for this follow up on the Glitter Sale – I enjoyed seeing specific pictures and a financial run down of the event! Way to go!

  4. emerald closet
    November 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Adriana, it’s great to hear from you! Good to know that Sunday was less crowded, we didn’t get a chance to check it out. How would you compare the selection between the two days? Can’t wait to see your post!

  5. emerald closet
    November 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you for your careful editing eye, Sarah! And I had a blast too. Can’t wait until next year. Camping out a must. 🙂

  6. emerald closet
    November 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm (6 years ago)

    No problem, Arica. Glad you enjoyed it! Did you get to go to the event this year?

  7. Adriana
    November 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm (6 years ago)

    How would I compare both days? Saturday, by far, is the day to go for accessories. (Bags, shoes, belts, jewelry) But the selection for clothes on Sunday was just as good! I’ll be posting pics of my finds in the morning!

  8. emerald closet
    November 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm (6 years ago)

    This is really good to know, especially since I tend to look for clothing more than accessories (the jewelry counter wait is just ridiculous!). Can’t wait to see what you ended up with!

  9. tina
    November 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm (6 years ago)

    great choices! sorry we didn’t connect that day… I left there with a bag full of maybe 15 items, most of which were covered in sequins. 🙂

  10. emerald closet
    November 17, 2011 at 10:32 am (6 years ago)

    Ha! I could have totally spent more time, but I think some of my group was ready to get out of there and I felt bad prolonging my obsessive re-combing of the racks! I’d love to see what you got! Blog post, blog post! 🙂

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