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Shopping Spree at Goodwill

April 27th, 2007 at 02:54 pm

Well, close enough to a spree.

See, it's close to the end of the month and I still had $60 of my allowance left burning a hole in my pocket. Add to that the fact that DH and I are going to Atlanta this weekend, and I had the urge to do a wee bit of shopping.

Not just any old shopping, though. I hit the Goodwill warehouse that's three miles from my house. This is where the stuff from all our regional Goodwills winds up after it doesn't sell for a few weeks.

You walk in and grab rolling bin lined with a huge plastic bag (basically looks like a big blue trash can). The place is filled with row after row of tables piled high with clothes in no particular order. The only way to find anything is to dig, and the piles are easily shoulder deep (or more!).

There's no dressing room, so having a good eye or a tape measure is a must. You put your items in the bin as you wind through the tables and other customers. When you're done, you take your bin to the checkout stand where they roll it onto a scale and charge you for your items by the pound. Here, everything is sold at 99 cents per pound.

I got there last night at 7:30 and was out at 8 when they started to close the checkout lines. Only half an hour to dig! I walked out with a pair of pants from the Limited, a pair of Dockers ladies shorts, and ten shirts from various name-brand designers.

My cost? $4.95!!!!!

Since you can't try anything on there, I headed home to see how I actually did. The pants are great but the shorts are just a tad snug. Out of ten shirts, five are wonderful finds and 3 are just OK. The other 2 might wind up being a loss, who knows.

Even so, with 1 pair of great pants and 5 good to go shirts, I still come out at less than a buck an item.

I LOVE MY GOODWILL!!!

6 Responses to “Shopping Spree at Goodwill”

  1. nance Says:

    I've never heard of a Goodwill like that. Fantastic buys!
    Tomorrow, the Goodwills here have 99 cents jeans and children's clothing day, as well as 50 per cent off most other things. Don't know if it is national or regional, but can't hurt to find out.
    This week I got some designer tops, but not as inexpensively as yours.
    Good job.

  2. fairy74 Says:

    cool Tina...good shopping! I love our Goodwill Warehouse store too Smile

  3. kimiko Says:

    nice. I planned on going to the one near my work place, 2 mins away, but after reading the very negative reviews on it I had to pass. It's the only medium size store in the area too, all the others are small to very small Frown

  4. mbkonef Says:

    We have Goodwill near us too but just the regular ones. I like them but would love to try the warehouse like that. I guess you could always "redonate" the things that don't fit to get a write off or try to sell them on E-bay? No matter what, sounds like you got a great deal. Congrats!

  5. baselle Says:

    On 4th Ave S in Seattle, there is one of those warehouses, but I've never had as good a luck there as I've had with the large regular one on my bus route. I got a compliment on my brown shoes today - $7 at Goodwill!

  6. baselle Says:

    Oh, and there's your How To...!

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