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Shop to Empower at the Closet Treasures Sale


11th Annual Closet Treasures Sale
October 11 - 12

415 Westlake, Seattle WA (map it)

Oct. 11 (Friday) 5 - 8 PM: VIP Preview Sale 
Oct. 12 (Saturday) 10 AM - 4 PM: Public Sale 


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Highlights from the 2013 YWCA Closet Treasures Sale
11/14/2013

Thanks to your support, the 11th Annual Closet Treasures Sale was a fashion knock-out! Over this two-day event, more than $48,000 was raised for YWCA clothing services programs, including Dress for Success Seattle

The Closet Treasures Sale's most dedicated shopper

Photography by Stephen Mitchell Gilbert

More than 200 guests at the Friday night VIP Preview Sale had fun taking step-and-repeat photos as they entered the event (thanks to photographer Lisa Elledge of L.E. Graphics), hosted by local songstress Choklate and featuring a glamorous fashion runway show

Model on the runway of Closet Treasures Sale

Saturday's Public Sale had even more amazing deals for shoppers and a Purple Purse photobooth, part of a campaign to raise funds and awareness for domestic violence. 

Thanks to the 60+ volunteers who helped with every aspect of this event, from sorting and pricing clothes to cashiering. Volunteer groups from PhysioControl, Starbucks Women's Development Network, National Charity League and the Federal Public Defenders office showed their support, as well as many individual community members and YWCA staff. 

One of our wonderful volunteers at the Closet Treasures Sale

Thank you all for shopping the YWCA Closet Treasures Sale and showing your support for the economic empowerment of women in your community. We hope to see you again next year!

Photos from the Closet Treasures Sale step-and-repeat

Photos from the Closet Treasures Sale VIP Preview and fashion show

Shoppers find what they love at the Closet Treasures Sale

She can't stop shopping the Closet Treasures Sale!

Closet Treasures Sale shoppers take a closer look at the goods


Behind the scenes on New Day Northwest
10/2/2013

Fashions from the YWCA Closet Treasures Sale were featured on New Day Northwest today, and we had a blast at the taping!

Thanks to the amazing women who volunteered to model these looks (Heather, Rachel, Dian, Carlynne and Stephanie) and event planning co-chair Vivian Miller Rahl for being a wonderful spokesperson!

Check out the behind the scenes shots below and watch the segment “Treasures for your closet” on KING 5.

Closet Treasures Sale on New Day NorthwestCloset Treasures Sale on New Day Northwest

The Look: Classic and Cozy
9/24/2013

It's official – fall is here! Tis the season for gusty winds, cloudy mornings and cool, crisp nights spent in front of the fireplace with a steaming mug of hot apple cider.

Getting ready for a cozy evening at home, Heather stopped at Pike Place Market to find fresh apples for her spiced cider. As environmentally conscious as she is fashionable, she carries them in an Elie Tahari multicolor leather purse – no plastic bags for her!

She brightens up the city streets with a blouse from Piazza Sempione in a rich orange hue that matches the changing colors of autumn leaves. 

The Ralph Lauren leopard print wool blazer is the perfect topper for days when the sun is shining, but the wind is blowing. This casual look is finished off with a pair of feminine kitten heels from Salvataore Ferragamo and distressed jeans in a classic cropped silhouette from Current/Elliott.

Are you ready to update your wardrobe for fall? The Closet Treasures Sale VIP Preview will be your first opportunity to shop for these amazingly priced fashions; buy your tickets online today

Heather’s Closet Treasures Sale Look:

Ralph Lauren wool leopard print knit blazer (size M), $40

Piazza Sempione burnt orange blouse with pleated neckline (size 38), $35

Current/Elliott distressed denim cropped pant (size 28), $25

Salvatore Ferragamo kitten heel (size 10), $35

Elie Tahari multicolor leather bag with snakeskin print handle, $40

Pearl necklace with gold clasp, $20

The Look: On-the-Go Gal
9/10/2013
Dian running to the Closet Treasures Sale

Get ready to run for the best deals on dresses, shoes, bags and more at the YWCA Closet Treasures Sale!

(If running isn't your thing, buy tickets to the VIP Preview and be among the first to shop this discount dreamland.)

At the sale, you can find items like these jewel-toned dresses from Diane Von Furstenburg and Emilio Pucci. 

Comfortable and low-maintenance, these are perfect to throw in your carry-on for a quick out of town getaway.

Dress it up with a string of pearls and a pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps and turn heads wherever you go. 

Dian (pictured at top)

Emilio Pucci ruched multi-colored v-neck dress (size 10) $95
Karen Scott slingback white pump (size 8) $10
Cole Hahn shimmer leather clutch $40
Freshwater pearl necklace $20

Heather

Diane von Furstenberg green animal print wrap dress (size 10) $35
Manolo Blahnik black pump (size 10) $60
Glass pearl bead bracelet $15
Sterling silver monogram necklace $15 


The Look: Top Secret Style
9/5/2013
Top secret style

Who is this dangerous diva?

Fashionable and enigmatic, she projects an air of mystery. Is this woman a well-dressed shopper out on the town? Or could she be a spy? 

Create your own secret agent-inspired look that will stir the imagination of others with a few key pieces, like this pair of oversize Michael Kors mirrored sunglasses that hide your gaze and leave people wondering what you’re looking at.

Sleek snakeskin accessories from Gianni Milanesi and Elie Tahari conjure images of the animal silently stalking its prey, waiting patiently for the time to strike.

Top it off with a warm winter jacket from Taifun Collection that will protect you from the elements and has enough room to conceal your top secret spy tools…or a kitten. 

Dina the dangerous diva

Lafayette 148 cashmere sleeveless turtleneck (size M) $15

Taifun Collection army green winter jacket with fur trim (size XL) $40

Gunex grey wool cargo pant with elastic ankle (size 10) $30

Gianni Milanesi slingback snakeskin heels (size 8) $25

Elie Tahari snakeskin print handbag $40

Michael Kors sunglasses $20

Chunky pearlized beaded necklace $20


Giving Looks Good on Her
8/27/2013

An amazingly generous and fun-loving person, Heather first volunteered with the YWCA ten years ago, serving Thanksgiving dinner at Angeline’s Day Center for Homeless Women alongside her mother. “That day changed my life. I knew I would volunteer for a lifetime and have been back every year since.”

Heather is also a Closet Treasures Sale committee member and a lead on the Gen-Rising committee, which engages young women in the work of the YWCA. “There are so many opportunities to give back and there is something for everyone.  I really enjoy working directly with the clients and having that personal interaction with them.”

Heather is a perfect example of how giving back to your community can be both rewarding and fun. “We’re here to empower one another. I look forward to another successful Closet Treasures Sale and to a lifetime of giving back through the YWCA!”

CTS Lookbook Giving Looks Good on Her CTS Lookbook Giving Looks Good on Her

Calvin Klein Collection ivory silk/linen blazer with black trim (size 10), $50

DVF floral print top with metallic thread detail (size 10), $25

Elie Tahari black tapered pant with asymmetrical center front (size 10), $25

Manolo Blahnik black pump (10), $60

Nordstrom clutch with gold detail, $30

Vintage pearl/rhinestone earrings, $20

Black and silver special occasion necklace, $25


The Look: Sophisticated Sparkle
8/21/2013

Say hello to Dian, our newest model, YWCA volunteer and Closet Treasures Sale committee member!

As a business professional with personality, Dian wants clothes that reflect both maturity and playfulness. This outfit combines tailored lines and rich fabrics with bright colors, prints and texture, to create a look that stands out for all the right reasons.  

A sophisticated look from the Closet Treasures Sale Model Dian sparkles with sophistication

B. Altman, blue sequin shirt (size 10), $20

Prada, Olive green slim cut cuffed trousers (European size 44/US size 10), $45

Calvin Klein, grey wool trench with pleated skirt (size 8), $60

Adrienne Vittadini, floral print scarf, $20

Marc by Marc Jacobs, red purse, $45

Unmarked label, leather pointed-toe kitten heel (size 8), $10


The Look: Totally Textured
8/14/2013

While some people love the long and hot days of summer, others prefer the cool, crisp weather that comes in the fall. No matter your preference, layering is the key to staying comfortable as the seasons change.

Keep it stylish by using a mixture of textures and fabrics. This can work with any kind of outfit – evoke a softer look by layering delicate dressed-up lace with luxurious vintage fur, or show-off your inner rock star by layering casual denim with hard-edged leather.

Photography: Laine Bowen Makeup: Carmen C. Wilson Styling: Carlynne Morrison Model: Rachel McMillan

Hourglass lace dress (size M), $40

Nordstrom vintage fur jacket (size 12), $200

BCBG sling-back platform sandal (size 9), $20

Coach hand clutch, $30

Adrianne Vitadinni silk scarf with cat print, $15

Green and gold rhinestone necklace, $20

Dana Buchman quilted denim jacket with fur trim (size M), $30

BCBG slingback pump with leather bow with clear vinyl side (size 9), $20

Anne Taylor color block knit top in black and brown (size S), $20

Wilsons leather high waisted pant in black (size 6), $30

Silver heart earrings, $10


The Look: Work & Play
8/6/2013

It can be hard to find an outfit appropriate for the office and cute enough for after-work drinks, but these ensembles are the perfect mix of corporate and casual.

A brightly colored bottom paired with neutral colored top project a professional vibe, while the unusual prints and accessories give these looks a fun twist. The structured totes are perfect for carrying your smartphone, business cards and lip gloss. Both outfits are finished-off with a pair of funky flats that will still feel comfortable at the end of a long day. 

Photography: Laine Bowen Makeup: Carmen C. Wilson Styling: Carlynne Morrison Model: Rachel McMillan

Elizabeth & James horseshoe print silk blouse with mandarin collar (size S), $25

Stella McCartney jacket with standup collar in cool white (size S), $150

Escada tapered pant in bright yellow (size 36), $35

Salvatore Ferragamo Loafers (size 9), $45

Calvin Klein black leather bag with silver hardware, $35

Multi-metal dangle earrings, $10

Brown bangle, $10

Anne Taylor skirt with side gold zipper in orange (size 0), $15

Laurel cotton knit vest in natural (size 36), $15

Salvatore Ferragamo mary jane flats in ivory (size 8) $45

Hermes hot air balloon print silk scarf $40

Coach cross-body bag, $40

Natural elements bobble bracelet, $1


The Look: Bright, Bold and Cool
7/24/2013
Rachel Lookbook Style 2

To look (and feel) cool when the temperature is hot, there’s nothing better than a stylish summer dress.

The ikat pattern makes this flirty frock stand out, based on a centuries-old dyeing technique and popular in home and fashion design.

These bold colors and symmetrical graphics look best paired with dark or neutral accessories. 

Dolce Vita multi-colored dress (size S), $25

Brooks Brothers black blazer (size 4), $40

Stewart Weitzman silver flats (size 9), $30

Anne Taylor black clutch, $35

Rhinestone necklace, $15

 

Photography: Laine Bowen
Makeup: Carmen C. Wilson 
Styling:
 Carlynne Morrison
Model: Rachel McMillan


The Look: Post-College Prep
7/18/2013

Here is your first look at fashions that will be available at the 2013 YWCA Closet Treasures Sale.

The featured model is Rachel McMillan, a recent graduate of Claremont McKenna College who interned with the YWCA and Dress for Success Seattle in the summer of 2011. We are excited to have her back and appreciate everything she’s done for our organization. Thanks Rachel!

"During my time at the YWCA, I saw first-hand how the program affected the lives of women every day. Their feelings of empowerment were tangible as the staff at Dress for Success Seattle helped increase their confidence and offered unmatched support for their next phases of life." 

Photography: Laine Bowen, Makeup: Carmen C. Wilson, Styling: Carlynne Morrison

Rachel Lookbook Style 1

 

Red Valentino knit top with pleated sleeves (size S), $30

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent satin fisherman vest (size M), $30

Salvatore Ferragamo oxford shoes (size 8), $45

Adrienne Vittadini silk art deco print scarf, $25

Jil Sander slim fit wool trouser (size 34), $40

Dooney Bourke handbag with long removable strap, $45

Rachel Lookbook Style 2

 

 

Faconnable blue gingham blouse (size S) $25

J Crew army green jacket with hook and eye enclosures (size S), $30

BCBG navy blue pencil skirt (size 4), $20

Dooney and Bourke briefcase

Stewart Wietzman metallic silver pointed toe flats (size 9), $30

Les Copains sunglasses with blue rim, $25


Shop to Empower!
7/11/2013

Coming to South Lake Union in early October: the 11th Annual Closet Treasures Sale, with deep discounts on designer clothing, shoes and accessories.

Unbelievable deals aren’t the only reason to shop the Closet Treasures Sale. Your purchase will go directly to YWCA programs that help women reach economic empowerment, in part by providing work and interview-appropriate outfits. In 2012, YWCA clothing services reached more than 5,200 people across King and Snohomish Counties!

The clothes you wear leave an impression on the world; a new look can make a big difference to a woman in need. With the help of a few generous community partners, we recently did a makeover and photo shoot with clients of Dress for Success Seattle. Here is what one woman said about the experience:

“The day I graduated from YWCA BankWork$, I was offered a teller position with Bank of America. And I have the makeover team to thank for giving me that opportunity! I sincerely believe that my new image gave me the added confidence I needed to get the job. The help from this team has been a life-changing experience for me.”

Scroll down to see some of their inspiring transformations. A huge thanks to the Glam Squad: Margo Jones (wardrobe and creative consultant), Natalie Johnson and Capri Rowland (hair sylists), Lina Wheeler and Isaac Miranda (makeup artists), and photographer Stephen Gilbert!

Judy before Judy after

Judy: Before & After

Neelshma before Neelshma after

Neelshma: Before & After

Abeba before Abeba after

Abeba: Before & After

Shawna before Shawna after

Shawna: Before & After