Friday, November 15, 2013

Tons of Bleeping Sequins!

When I saw this Jezebel story pop up on my newsfeed, I knew two things.

Warning! NSFW - F-bomb!

First, that Seattle is the greatest city in the world.


Second, that I wanted to go to the Glitter Sale!

So, I twisted my friend Heather's arm and we made our way down to the International District. First of all, they had an actual parking attendant showing people where to park. Like at a fair. Or a concert.

Even the parking signs are shiny!

Second of all, they had food trucks in the parking lot. We parked and walked to the entrance, where we were greeted by the friendly staff who gave us... badges! Very VIP!

The badges had our numbers. Heather, the odds ever in her favor, got lucky #666. I got the decidedly less exciting 667.

Along with our badges, we got instructions. "Don't feed your thrift shop finds after midnight." Sorry, no, that wasn't it. Oh, yeah, it was "Wait for your number to be called before attempting to enter the Glitter Sale."  But it wasn't all Glitter Sale!  This Goodwill Store is huge.  Ginormous. Bigger than ginormous. Probably, a million square feet, and I'm only barely exaggerating. Only a portion of it, about the size of a regular Goodwill Store was set aside for the Glitter Sale.

You could go in the regular (huge) Goodwill Store while you waited for your number to be called. They made announcements over the loudspeaker and... check out this technology... you could receive text message updates! When we entered, they were allowing 400-425 into the sale. So we wandered around the regular Goodwill Store for a while. And we found some cool stuff! A few shirts, none of which made it past the try-on phase. I got an adorable 99 cent costume for Olive for next Halloween. And a couple of little Thanksgiving host gifts for Karissa. (Does she read It's Always Sunny? I better not say what her gifts are, but I spent less than $3 on them.)  They had some Christmas ornaments that didn't make the cut, but I wished I had known that they had Christmas Tree Stands before I bought one for full price. Unfortunately, Miss Karissa was too hungover to join us, or she might have brought home one of these fabulous tables. (I like the frosted glass one, but Heather liked the vintage formica with... are they cherries?) 

But, in hindsight, maybe we spent too long in the non-Glitter part of the store. We were tired and thirsty and in need of caffeine by the time our numbers approached. So we decided to make a break to Starbucks to revitalize. Of course, just as we pulled into Starbucks, my phone dinged with a text message - we were allowed in the sale. A quick refreshment later, we were back in action... and in the Glitter Sale! 

Now, I should say that not everything in the Glitter Sale is glitter and sequins. Although, plenty of it is. It's also features many of their designer and high quality vintage items that they hoard all year for this special sale.  
Like, a set of 1950s Louis Vuitton Suitcases. No glitter or sparkles, but amazing nonetheless. All I want to know is, who the heck donated these?

There were a lot of fur and leather coats, evening gowns and dress shoes. Some people came prepared! There were women in leotards so that they could try on dresses right there in the aisle! 

Heather tried on this fabulous sequined cape:
I can only hope your screen size is doing it the justice it deserves.

There was also a separate jewelry section of the Glitter Sale. The numbers for the glitter sale were going a lot more slowly because they had a limited number of staff members retrieving the jewelry from the cases. They were in the 400s by the time we left, and I think we could have maybe stayed until closing and not gotten into the jewelry sale. 

Alas, we bought nothing in the Glitter Sale. I've got to say, I think we were a little burnt out by the time we got into it.  So, plans for next year: 
  1. Get there early
  2. Get numbers
  3. Sign up for the text messages
  4. Go eat breakfast somewhere (I'd like to say a diner, but this Jersey Girl has yet to discuss the Seattle diner situation.)
  5. Don't shop in the regular Goodwill. That is best left to another day.
  6. Pack light. We're going to be digging through racks, this is no time for a heavy handbag. 
  7. Wear clothes that are easily layered for trying things on. 
  8. Maybe go get lunch or take a coffee break and then come back for the jewelry sale.
  9. Hopefully we'll have some fabulous event coming up and be in need of evening wear. If not, we'll have to make our own event.
  10. Never ever end a list with only 9 items. C'mon now.
Curious about what other kind of good stuff they had at the Glitter Sale?  Check out some of these posts on the Glitter Sale blog. (Why, yes, the Glitter Sale does have its own blog! And I am in looove with that Orange suit with matching gloves. And red Prada top. And the Snowflake Pin. Looove with a triple o.) 

Ok, I've kept you hanging long enough... want to see Olive in her 99 cent costume?  Remember, it's for next year. I could withhold this another 11 months, but 1) I'm a benevolent blogger and 2) I do think it belongs here in the Goodwill post.  So, here goes:

She's a pirate wench! 

If she does not win the cutest dog costume contest at Jon's work next year, you don't want to be there to see how this stage mom reacts! 

In the end, we brought home no sequins. But we did bring home memories and plans for next year. This guy talking about sequins will have to hold us over until next year. 

Can you handle the remix? It's even better than the original! (But still NSFW.)

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