Friday, November 13, 2009

Sneak Peek! Our Picks from the 2009 Goodwill Glitter Sale

Truly "Fashionably Responsible"(tm) shoppers know - vintage and gently used clothing isn't just sustainable, it can also be truly chic.

Last night, we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the vast room that houses Seattle Goodwill's amazing Glitter Sale, set to open Saturday November 14th at 9am. Racks upon racks of vintage, designer, and premium label dresses, coats, hats, shoes, and jewelry beckon you in to the very large space where the sale is set.

^The formalwear offering is formidable - this is just one aisle, all arranged by color

^And the shoe selection is sure to set your heart aflutter. Here, just the pinks and reds!

Here, for your style pleasure, are some of Fashion Ethic's favorite picks from the immense offering. (Please excuse the blurry cell phone pics!)

^Pretty pale pink tulle gown and a yellow sparkler from the 50's

^A gorgeous purple feathered cloche. Vintage, of course!

^A tres Francaise look that can be yours for pennies on the dollar (or Euro)

But the highlight of highlights was hanging on a rack up front: an exquisitely designed frock with deco details (note the insouciant tassle hanging down the back). Paperwork attached to the dress gives information on its provenance and who wore it - a vintage collector's dream come true! And an absolute STEAL at just $24.99. Can you imagine?!

^My sidekick for the night, Sara from SPUN checking out the serious early-2oth-century design

Wondering what prices are like? Here's a sample of what we saw:
$99.99 for an amazing long skirt from Karl Lagerfeld (circa 1990's)
$29.99 for Michael Kors black studded pumps
$9.99, $24.99, and $49.99 for sequined dresses
$4.99 for an epic hair clip

I mean, where else can you find a rhinestone-trimmed captain's hat and a vintage piece like this all for under $50? I believe fellow vintage-adorer Rachel Zoe would agree when I tell you, it's bananas!

^Sara from SPUN ready for women's suffrage! ;)

Betsy McFeely from Goodwill and Tracy Schneider (aka @GlitterSale_Gal on Twitter) were our hostesses last night and you can tell they love their job.

And what a job it is! Tracy made sure we didn't miss the vintage Courreges, Cassini, and an amazing 3 piece maribou ensemble by Mr. Blackwell. She's been tracking her favorites over at the Glitter Sale Blog. Apparently nearly 200 volunteers help make this sale possible; "as you might imagine, it’s quite an undertaking!" says Tracy. I for one appreciate the display by color, and the "Purple 'Red Hats' Clothes" rack made me smile. These ladies know their customer base, no matter what the age!

But it gets better! All proceeds from the sale go to Goodwill programs. Betsy says,
“Last year, Seattle Goodwill’s job training and education programs served more than 2,700 people in the community. Because of the economy, more people than ever are coming to Goodwill. We’re seeing a greater demand in service, both from people who are unemployed and looking for work, as well as from people who are afraid they may lose their job and want to improve their skills.”

So do your part! Hit the sale this weekend and don't forget to let us know what you find. There are many pearls to be had in this treasure trove!

READ our blog post with details on the 2009 Goodwill Glitter Sale

GET the tips and tricks on how to shop the Glitter Sale from @GlitterSale_Gal herself!

CHECK out what fellow fashion bloggers picked as faves!
@ufntarah Tarah at Urban Fashion Network
@SimchaBabe Charl at Your Mother Wears Combat Boots

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