Seattle men and women – are you still lacking a gown for holiday parties, or just want to update your wardrobe? Do you love designer trenchcoats and vintage hats? You need to be at the Glitter Sale this weekend on November 10th and 11th at the main Seattle Goodwill.
I attended my first Glitter Sale last year (I won’t admit this in public but I love dressing up) and it was perfect. I arrived at 7 in the morning on the first day to discover a line had already formed – people had camped out in front of Goodwill the night before. Eager attendees ranged from brides with full entourages to teens hunting down prom deals. There’s a sheer tenacity and love for sequins fueling this event. I almost left with a purple Oscar de la Renta ballgown for $50, and I found a lovely rhinestone necklace for $25.
Kiri and I spent an hour checking out the sale to preview what you might see, and holy cow were we wishing we could convince them to let us purchase early. Coach purses, Yves St. Laurent platform stilettos, Burberry trenchcoats, ballgowns, and little black dresses were everywhere you turned; the collection of couture is utterly brilliant and temptingly affordable.
If you’ve never been to the Glitter Sale, here are some recommendations:
- Dress appropriately. It’s going to be cold out, but once you’re inside there will be no dressing rooms in the sale – and you can’t take dresses out of the sale to try them on. If you want to try something once you’re in there, wear yoga pants and a close-fitting shirt or swimsuit under layers.
- Come when you can. While getting there super early is exhilarating, there will be new stock added throughout the sale. An insider tip: while there are definitely some Jimmy Choos and Louboutins already on the shelves, not all the good stuff is on the racks yet.
- Come with friends. It’s going to be chaotic, and multiple sets of arms and eyes can search for more things. Shopping is often a blood sport and they aren’t kidding when they say there’s strength in numbers.
- Have an open mind. If you’re looking for a pale green gown with black rhinestones, you probably won’t find it. You will, however, find amazing things. Also, be open to getting things altered later – you might find your dream dress in a size too large, but it’s $40.
And this year there will be food trucks on site to help you get through the wait! (I may show up to both eat and shop.) On Saturday, The Jerk Station, a gourmet Caribbean food truck based out of Redmond, will be at the Glitter Sale. Top Pot Doughnuts and Pemco were present last year with coffee and doughnuts, so there should be snack options and caffeine for everybody.
It’s free to enter the sale, and you’ll find most dresses are well under $75, so you can look forward to the luxury of designer without thinning your wallet. The Glitter Sale runs 9 am – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday this weekend, so come prepared and leave ecstatic. For more information on the event, you can check out the Cup of Goodwill blog.