Bellevue Goodwill
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Thrift Mecca: The Bellevue Goodwill
The Bellevue Goodwill is noted for quality goods dirt-cheap. Goodwill stores accept donations from the surrounding area & do not equalize among stores. In a wealthy town like Bellevue, this means the pickings are top notch. On a recent visit, I saw women’s shirts, blouses and sweaters from Chico’s, Anne Klein, Liz Claiborne, August Silks, Banana Republic, LL Bean, Talbots, & Eddie Bauer @ $4.99-$9.99. The men do just as well with Hathaway, Eddie Bauer, Nautica, & Calvin Klein shirts & Dockers pants @ $5.99. Housewares are hot. Try a Krups coffeemaker @ $10, Cuisinart ice cream maker @ $15, Crockpot @ $9.99, or quality teakettle @ $7.99. I love my Kitchen Aid blender (retail $99) bought here for $15. When people move or redecorate, they donate furniture. How about a Windsor rocking chair in good condition @ $19.99 for a new mother, a Louis XIV-style armchair with lovely carved frame and upholstery in good condition @ $59.99, a brown chenille sofa in excellent condition @ $69.99, or a very nice loveseat @ $299.00 (probably $1,000 new)? I bought a frame with glass and mat @ $15 that exactly fit a new print, then spray-painted the frame gold. Beats $200 at the frame shop. Ah, the kid’s section. Pants & shirts @ $2.99, shorts @ $3.00, dresses @ $4.99. Adorable stuffed animals are $2.99. Games. Toys. As this store is popular, the stock turns over fairly quickly, aided by frequent sales. Drop by every few weeks to see what’s new. An upbeat sound track keeps you moving.
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