Before my end-of August road trip, I went to the Seattle Goodwill Outlet for the first time and had quite THE EXPERIENCE. I shared about my experience and styling those thrifted pieces on my IG-Highlights, and a lot of you seemed to really love it.
So as requested, my long-await Ultimate Goodwill Outlet Thrift Guide is finally here. But before you dive in, simply do a Google search or click here to find out the closest Goodwill Outlet store nearby. After this blog post (if you’ve found it helpful and inviting, grab a friend and head out thrifting this weekend!
(but not at the normal Goodwill Retails)
My first experience shopping at the Seattle Goodwill Outlet was quite interesting! I was overwhelmed and honestly shocked by how big the space inside was. There were quite a number of people at 3 pm when I got there! Unsure what to do first, I just walked around to check out what’s going on. I quickly realized no one cared who I was, I grabbed a cart like everybody else and started digging (yes, with my bare hands, and it was tough!).
Trust me, I had doubts that I could never find anything because I was such a picky shopper. After putting on my headphone and lots of patience after, I found one ‘cool’ thing after another (please refer back to my shopping criteria/plan above for ‘cool’ things). I remembered seeing a pair of Levi’s jeans, some yellow pleated shorts, and a lot more cool things but had to put a lot back because they wouldn’t fit me properly or there were flaws.
I am not sure the exact brand of this blazer. All I find are one label that had ‘A Hardy Amies Design. Tailored by Hepworths.’ on one side of the lining and ‘Guaranteed all wool. Made in England.’ on the other side. There are also two small tags inside the lining pocket with serial numbers of what looks like a customized piece with a size 42. Pretty sure this is a vintage men’s blazer because of the large vertical stripes and its dedicated sizing.
According to my experience, I do know that men’s blazers will either fit super large or run super long on me. I have never found or tried on anything from men’s that is perfectly oversized and flattering on me! As much as I love the idea of thrifting to find an ‘oversized’ vintage men’s blazer like this account or this account I follow on Instagram because they make them look so cool in photos. Trust me, as a fashion blogger myself who know exactly what it takes to create or shoot those images, things are not as what it seems!
For Instagram aesthetic, it really is all about the angle, not much about the styling or editing. Do you notice that they barely photograph the length of these blazers but they’d rather crop the photos to show just the clean lines or closed-up shots? I would not walk around Seattle wearing such huge blazers because they actually look ridiculous on! But anyway, because this blazer is a customized piece, its length someway somehow looks good on me. I’ve styled it with biker shorts and my new pair of Nike Air Force 1, pretty often seen on Instagram, I have to admit except the part that I don’t have any vintage baguette styled Fendy bag! Lastly, I wish it was a solid color, but hey, for $1 it’s an amazing find!!!
My first trip to the Seattle Goodwill Outlet is THE EXPERIENCE on itself that I will never forget! Besides scoring so many good finds for such little money, it also makes me feel good that I help to get fewer clothes going in landfills or go to waste. It’s one of the most sustainable ways to do fashion definitely, and I enjoy it more and more every time. Things are not all butterflies as there will be days when you walk out with nothing. But if you have a few hours and run out of ideas on what to do, head to your nearest thrift shop ’cause you will never know!
I really hope that this blog post is helpful and that it inspires you to go out there ‘sorting the bins’. I think the Goodwill Outlets are way better and cheaper than the regular Goodwill Retail stores. I’d 100% do it again! However, regardless of how cheap things are here, please make sure to not buy things just cause because you don’t want to create waste by hauling too many unnecessary things either. Just take what you like and need, always!
Comment below how you think I have done from my very first trip to the Seattle Goodwill Outlet. Have you shopped at a Goodwill Outlet before?
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