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South Lake Union's New Goodwill

Lots of eager savers are expected when the new, boutique-like store opens on Thursday, July 26.

By Laura Cassidy July 24, 2012




WHERE: Westlake Ave, just down the street from Serious Biscuit and the rest of the SLU Tom Douglas eateries.

WHAT: The Northwest region's 22nd Goodwill store is in Seattle's newest neighborhood, South Lake Union.

As you might expect, this isn't a giant, sprawling, dust bunny-spotted old school warehouse-style joint like the one on Dearborn (which happens to be the largest of the company's thrift centers).

Nope, the Westlake Ave shop is more like a boutique, though it still manages to include gently used items for him, her, baby, kids, the garage, kitchen, family room, and more. 

And, it manages to have the best looking and biggest fitting rooms of any thrift store I've ever seen.

I got a sneak peek at the space in advance of it's opening, and though I could detail a list of the great finds on the neatly organized racks, there's really no point because they'll be gone by the time the shop is a few hours old. Pickers at the central donation center on Dearborn have been setting aside appropriate merchandise (read: scarcely worn clothing items and ready-for-the-new condo glassware) in anticipation of this new, special location.

Don't sweat it though; communications manager Katherine Boury tells me the Seattle region (which includes stores from Bellingham to Renton) puts out over 100,000 new-to-you items every day.

And as the neighborhood brings its cast-offs (these are people of taste who pride themselves in avoiding landfill, no?) to the 'hood's urban lifestyle recycling center, the shop's offerings will really reflect its community.

WHEN: The grand opening is Thursday, July 26 at 10. Coffee and doughnuts from Top Pot, who is opening in the area soon, too, will be served to the first 250 shoppers—who, let it be known, will be arriving long before the door is unlocked at 10. Boury tells me that when the Edmonds store opened last December, eager thrifters were stacked along the sidewalk at an early hour.

And that, potential savers, was in the middle of the winter.

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