Looking for some great deals on holiday gifts and fashion? Get in line — the line for the new Edmonds Goodwill store, that is.
Be at 10117 Edmonds Way (next to Taco Bell) at 9 a.m. sharp Thursday as the store opens its doors to shoppers — just in time for the holidays. According to Seattle Goodwill Communications Director Betsy McFeely, the momentum has been building as the store, located in the former Stupid Prices space at 10117 Edmonds Way, has begun taking shape inside.
Festivities during the grand opening include giveaways for shoppers, and prize drawings will be held all weekend long, McFeely said.
My Edmonds News got a sneak peek inside the store on Tuesday, and here are some highlights:
Lovely leftovers from the annual Goodwill Glitter sale greet you as you walk in the door. These include fancy designer dresses and elegant shoes. (Would you believe red Gucci heels for $24.99 or Coach flats for $9.99?)
But Goodwill is far more than clothes. There’s a collectibles section featuring higher-quality items in a glass case, from silver tea sets to jewelry. You’ll also find a display of books (all 99 cents) and magazines (49 cents); furniture and electronics (all of the electronics work but if you want to be sure, you can test them at the in-store electronics testing center); and holiday items, from used Christmas-themed collectibles to new wrapping paper and gift bags. (According to McFeely, Goodwill mixes some new — albeit inexpensive — items in with its used inventory, for the convenience of consumers.)
There are adult shoes (all $3.99 unless otherwise marked) and sparkly girls’ dress shoes for 99 cents. Clothes run the gamut from like-new winter fashion coats for under $20 to those uniquely-hued men’s trousers (mint green, anyone?) that might be more suitable for a costume party. And of course there are children’s toys and sporting goods for adults and kids alike.
McFeely mentioned that the Goodwill store also serves as an e-cycling center for the state of Washington, so if you have electronics — working or not — to be recycled, you can drop them off at the donation center.
The store is the 21st for Seattle Goodwill, which has 20 retail locations and 10 job training centers throughout north Puget Sound — with the goal of providing employment training and basic education to low-income individuals. Between 40-50 people have found jobs at the Edmonds store, with many of them from the local area, McFeely noted.
Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.and Sunday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The staffed donation center is open to accept drop-offs from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.