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Marysville Goodwill celebrates ‘Western Days’
BY KIRK BOXLEITNER
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Goodwill’s 10th annual “Western Days” sale exceeded its organizers’ expectations this year.
The Goodwill store’s doors opened one hour early, at 8 a.m., on Aug. 12 and 13, to accommodate the large number of eager shoppers that Goodwill staff were anticipating. According to Marysville Goodwill Store Manager Duane Bredin, the crowds they drew on those days did not disappoint.
“We’d raised more than $10,000 before 11 a.m., putting us almost a third of the way toward our total goal of $33,000 for Friday, within our first three hours of being open,” Bredin said. “All those proceeds go toward our job training programs, so we really appreciate the community’s support.”
Bredin estimated that most years’ Western Days only generate an average of $2,000 per hour on Fridays, whereas Aug. 12 saw the store taking in more than $4,000 per hour during the early part of the day.
“After 10 years, we’ve built up a reputation,” Bredin said. “We’ve been getting phone calls since January asking about this event. People come from all over the state to shop here on Western Days.”
In addition to reminding prospective job training students about the Marysville Goodwill’s free classes in subjects ranging from computer basics to resume writing, Marysville Goodwill Job Training Program Specialist Tania Siler touted the program’s daily drop-in computer lab, open to students and walk-ins off the street alike, as well as its new phone apps to enable students to download free job training lessons, tutorials, tasks and videos from online.
“Marysville has the highest job placement rate of any Goodwill in the Seattle area,” Siler said.
For more information, log onto www.seattlegoodwill.org/jobtraining/jtecenters/marysville, stop by 9315 State Ave. in Marysville or call 360-657-4418.