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Thrift Store Strategies: Saving Big at Goodwill

Shopping at your local Goodwill benefits your community and your wallet.

On the day that I made the unconscious decision to become an extreme couponer, I headed over to Wal-Mart to pick up a new printer.  Surely, that had to be the place to get the best deal on one of the must-haves for some serious couponing.  On the way is our local Goodwill store.  I had passed by it at least a hundred times before but never thought to stop.   This particular day, however, my entire outlook on how to shop was in a state of transformation, and I thought, what better way to start this whole money saving thing than to find a printer at a better price than I’d find at the same “every day, low price store”  I had been to so many times before.  With a quick right into the parking lot, I was about to find out.

The automatic sliding doors opened before me as if they were the gates to Ali Baba’s treasure cave.    I knew at first glance that even if I was unlucky with the printer I was sure to leave with some other great find.  Goodwill’s layout reminds me of T.J. Maxx (a treasure cave in it’s own right).  Each department is clearly labeled (with a different colored sticker) and separated:  toys, kitchenware, furniture, clothes, books, games, etc.   While it was hard to maintain my focus, I did spot the rather small electronics section in the back of the store.  As I made my way to my destination, in a very indirect manner, I began filling my cart with all kinds of great little treasures.  I couldn’t pass up  the $0.49 Melissa and Doug floor puzzle (retail $12.99), nor the complete set of magnetic numbers and letters for just $0.29, nor the $2.99 Sit and Spin, nor the many other toys, books and board games that Goodwill had to offer, all for pennies on the dollar.  I even found an adorable coupon organizer for the bargain price of $0.50.  Could I be this lucky in the printer department too?

Sure enough, they had about 10 printers to choose from ranging in price from $1.99 to $12.99.  I spotted a promising hp Photosmart All-In-One Printer, Scanner, Copier for $9.99.  The downfalls:  no installation CD, the wrong manual, and the wrong connection cord.  Knowing that  the CD and manual wouldn’t be a big deal because I could download everything I needed right off of hp’s website, I turned to the issue of no connection cord.  That could prove to be a problem.  Luckily, sitting right next to the printer was another hp printer with a compatible cord.  It was priced at $3.99!  For that price, I had no problem buying the entire thing, even if I only needed the cord.

I made my way to the very friendly and informative cashier and shared with her my apprehension about buying the printers without knowing whether or not they were in working condition.  She reassured me that if I had any problems with them whatsoever, I had 3 days to return the printers for a full refund.   Then she told me that I would be saving an additional 5% on the items I was buying with a yellow sticker and that each week they rotate which color is discounted.  She also told me about their Club Goodwill rewards card that has tons of benefits.  Just for signing up for it, I saved an additional 5% on the spot.

Here’s what you can expect with a Club Goodwill card…

Club Goodwill 

  • NEW! In-store scratch-offs every 15th of the month worth 15%, 20% or 25% off
  • 5% off any purchase of $20 or more every day
  • 25% off birthday coupon
  • Seniors (60 & over) 15% off Wednesday
  • Students 10% off Saturday
  • Discount coupons by mail
  • Advance notification of sales and promotions (such as Holiday, Halloween and Grand Opening Events)

The best part about shopping at your local Goodwill store is that it is linked to a great cause.  84% of Goodwill’s revenues go directly into employment and training programs for people with barriers to employment.  And don’t forget to donate!  The sales from your donations help fund job training programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges.  Whether you are shopping or donating at your local Goodwill, your action will help this great organization bring economic stability to members of your community.

The old adage really is true,  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  With the additional 5% savings I received for signing up for a Club Goodwill card, I got my printer for the rock bottom price of just $13.29!  I’m happy to report that 6 months later, my printer still runs like new.

There are more than 2,500 Goodwill donation locations in the United States and Canada.  To find a store near you, visit www.goodwill.org and click on the “Find your local Goodwill” icon.

This has been a guest post by Emily from Grayslake, IL
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80 thoughts on “Thrift Store Strategies: Saving Big at Goodwill”

  1. The news reported when our local Goodwill was going in, that the profits were going to the headquarters and not staying in the local area.

  2. Just had to comment on your wonderful line in your story about the sliding doors opening like the gates to Ali Baba’s treasure cave–such vivid imagery (as my high school English teacher would say :o) I was right there with you, know the feeling…. Made my husband stop to listen to that line you wrote on his way out the door to work–he thinks you’re great and wacky–pretty sure he thinks that about me too!

  3. Kraz Koup says:

    I’ve shopped at Goodwill since I was a teen. I have noticed the clothes prices have gone up within the last few years. But, you just have to be selective. I only buy items that are 50% off that week. My most recent purchase was for my baby I’m expecting in December :) I got 9 onesies/outfits for $9.27 after tax. Woohoo.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love shopping at Goodwill. There are 3 stores within 50 miles of my home town and I like to shop them all. I’ll shop for all of my families clothing there, especially my 3 y/o, and can find some fantastic deals. BEFORE I shop anywhere else, even the Dollar General, I’ll go to the Goodwill to look for items like curtains/drapes and other home decor since a lot of those items can be SO expensive. However they have raised some of their prices on items like jeans and unless I feel like it is an absolutely amazing deal I won’t pay that price. As some else had previously said, YES one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!!

    My husband used to have no interest in going in the Goodwill until I found him a pair of Nike athletic pants for $3, which are one of his favorite pair. Now he likes going with me. ;)

  5. Shawna says:

    The Art teacher at my school and myself are religious Goodwill shoppers. I absolutely love going in and finding treasures…Gently used or brand new clothing, electronics, furniture for DIY projects. I just love it soooo much. My Goodwill has 50% off the color tag for the week, Thursday is $1 for the color tag of the week (last week I saved 27.00 on clothes using the $1 deal, plus one Saturday a month everything in the store is 50% off. Amazing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It is rare that I find clothing for myself at Goodwill but I do “flip” things I find there on eBay. I love getting a Diane Von Furstenberg (I know I spelled that wrong) or Lilly Pulitzer dress for 3.00 bucks on half off days and “flipping” it for about 100. This really helps since we are a one income family. If the item does not sell, it gets redonated with my personal wardrobe castoffs. You can sometimes find great vintage items, too…and I LOVE vintage kitchen items. I even found my first coupon binder there…great when you do not know if a “hobby” will take off.

    • Anonymous says:

      I also pick up items there occasionally for resell on eBay. The problem is, like other people have stated, Goodwill has raised their prices and some items aren’t worth trying to “flip” cuz you may not get your money back. I usually stick to yard sales and other local small thrift stores for my resell items.

  7. I love Goodwill but my all time favorite 2nd hand store is Value Village. I never buy new clothes for my kids. Value Village has the kid’s clothes all sized and more organized then Goodwill. I even find that Value Village gets better shoes. Last week I bought myself a pair of Earths tennis shoes, my husband a brand new pair of work shoes, my son a pair of Merrells and a pair of Vans plus a bunch of children’s clothes. For what I paid for my purchase at Value Village, I would have only been able to buy one pair of shoes retail. I always buy name brand as well so it is easier to turn around and resell it when my family is done using it. I use, reuse, and recycle everything.

  8. I perfer shopping at my local Salvation Army Store. They offer the same great deal concepts but they give so much more back to the community around. I Love the feeling of giving back

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have been shopping at Goodwill and VOA for years. Amongst other treasures, I find designer suits that I would never be able to afford otherwise. People are very kind and polite! I also give back by donating, too!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have been shopping at Goodwill and VOA for years. Amongst other treasures, I find designer suits that I would never be able to afford otherwise. People are very kind and polite! I also give back by donating, too!

  11. I <3 Goodwill!! My best deal I ever I scored there was a $100 (retail) Keurig coffee maker for $10! Let's just say that made my day! :)

  12. Caryn says:

    How do you sign up for club goodwill?

  13. I had no idea about the club card! Is this a new thing? I haven’t shopped at goodwill in a long time…

  14. sfcoupons Couponheaven says:

    Oh yes!! Goodwill is my type of store. Thanks for sharing about the Club.Goodwill.

  15. sfcoupons Couponheaven says:

    Oh yes!! Goodwill is my type of store. Thanks for sharing about the Club.Goodwill.

  16. Lori says:

    If you LOVE Goodwill, try a Restore in your area. It is run by Habitat for Humanity. You can find anything and everything there. That is a awesome place to shop.

  17. salvation army is really nice to they have clothes half off on Wednesday. Which is amazing.

  18. I do think Goodwill’s regular prices are still a bit expensive for what they’re offering, but that’s not to say you can’t get good deals. I was on a crafting kick last summer, trying to teach myself some sewing techniques (on the cheap, of course). I happened to go to Goodwill on Sunday, and found out that, not only do they have 50% a certain color every week, in my area (central IL), they discount that color even further on Sundays! You can fill a LARGE paper bag for $5, and the cashiers really shove everything in there. It was awesome, I went back several more Sundays and stocked up on enough crafting supplies to last me ages! Check to see if your store does this, too.

  19. Wish the GoodWill in my town was this nice. Our Goodwill’s prices are just about the same prices as you would buy a new product on sale for, so no deal there. Also in addition there is a no return policy, no matter what. I have stopped shopping at GoodWill in general and find the best bargins at your locally supported thift stores a!nd yard sales!

  20. Lee Coupon says:

    I work for Goodwill Arkansas and get to see so many of the people that we help! It is an amazing experience to know just to be involved in something so wonderful all we have to do is shop and donate!

  21. Amanda Smith says:

    I like this story. Speaking of printers, how do I get more web coupons? Do I have to have more computers in order to generate more of the e-coupons?

  22. Jamie Frost says:

    I love Goodwill & Salvation Army! It’s a wonderful place for an all around good bargain! Our local Goodwill & Salvation Army has Wednesdays as their designated 50% off three tickets days. Students can also use their valid IDs for an additional 10% off the total, too! With the holiday looming, thrift stores are also a great place to pick up seasonal decorations! Also, buy name brand things that you know are going to last. Many people (me included) fluctuate in weight & are constantly changing their wardrobe, so sometimes things aren’t even worn! Goodwill is also in partnership with Target and you’ll notice a large amount of Target housewares & clothing at a big discount!

    It always makes me giggle inside when someone compliments me on my clothes (especially this awesome leather jacket I picked up for $10 (!!!) on the 50% off day) because I paid such low prices.

    One tip I will give someone who is starting to thrift shop, beware of bed bugs! (usually found in furniture, more so than clothing) Educate yourself.

  23. Carla Miller says:

    My best deal ever was 12 t-shirts and a purse for $24.

  24. I love Goodwill too. But in my area the basic price for almost any clothing item is $ 5.99. Often even tank tops and shorts are priced like that. Brand and quality doesn’t seem to matter to the pricers, although sometimes they’ll catch a better brand and mark it up. Occasionally I can find lower but rarely. That policy seems to have begun a few years ago. I know it’s still low cost but we’re really tight right now and have many people we are responsible for. It adds up. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Sarah says:

      I have shopped at Goodwill for about 6 years now and the last year I have noticed prices really going up! I hate to say it but Goodwill is becoming too expensive for us. I have found some other places here in Southern Illinois where I can get great brand name clothes like Childrens PLace and Gymboree for my kids at $1/bag so why would I pay $4-6 for one shirt? I can shop Gymboree clearance racks for that and get brand new items!

    • Yep I used to be an avid Good Will shopper, But over the last 10 years or so I have seen price increases and I can do better with brand new at Target or Wally World on clearance. Just the other day I came across several dollar racks in my Wal-mart. I was able to get 3 out of my 5 children Bathing suits and a few summer clothes for next year all for $1.00 each. I even snagged a few swim suits for my sister in different sizes to keep at her house for others that come over without. (she has the pool in the family) I do so love my Church rummage sales, Salvation Army, yard sales, and church run clothing closets, I donate and purchase all in 1 trip:) My husband was laid off for the last 6 months and the clothes cupboard was a God send.

    • Yep I used to be an avid Good Will shopper, But over the last 10 years or so I have seen price increases and I can do better with brand new at Target or Wally World on clearance. Just the other day I came across several dollar racks in my Wal-mart. I was able to get 3 out of my 5 children Bathing suits and a few summer clothes for next year all for $1.00 each. I even snagged a few swim suits for my sister in different sizes to keep at her house for others that come over without. (she has the pool in the family) I do so love my Church rummage sales, Salvation Army, yard sales, and church run clothing closets, I donate and purchase all in 1 trip:) My husband was laid off for the last 6 months and the clothes cupboard was a God send.

  25. I shop my local Goodwill, and Salvation Army stores constantly!!! I know when the sales are, and go in regularly, and find all of my children’s clothes, my husband’s clothes, and clothes for myself. All of my Maternity clothes came from these stores too! My one Salvation Army has 50% off Wednesday’s, so I get clothes for 50cents! Then my other Salvation Army is the mother of all stores, I’m like a child in a candy store in there! Every week they have a 50% off and a 75% off tag, so I have gotten clothing for as low as 25cents!! So I buy my children’s clothes as I find them in larger sizes, and usually spend less than $20 for an entire size wardrobe for one of my children!! And that includes clothes, shoes, coats, socks and accessories! I don’t know what I would do with out these stores, because I have expensive tastes on a very tight budget :)

  26. I love to shop thrift! Don’t pass up the church run thrift shops either, they’re often very very cheap plus the money goes to a good cause. The only downside is that they only take cash usually.

    Keep an eye out at Goodwill.. our local one started a rewards program similar to Kmart’s rewards program. You get points for your purchases that you can save up and use like money later on. Ours has also started running tag specials weekly where one specific tag color is 99c. I just bought a good half of my toddler’s fall/winter wardrobe on a 99c tag sale, the clothes looked lightly used or unused.

  27. Suzi Weller says:

    So having lived in two parts of Oregon, Goodwill’s are operated in “chains” In Bend and Centeral Oregon they have a club card, in the valley Portland on south, they do not but they have better discounts through out the week. My favorite stop at my local Goodwill is the 3/$0.99 table for books, cds, and other media. Love it!

  28. edaisie says:

    I love the Goodwill. I stop in regularly looking for those hidden treasures! I won’t buy somewhere else without checking the Goodwill first….it just makes good sense. It’s cost effective and it’s important to reduce, reuse and recycle!

  29. I knew a girl who only shopped at thrift stores. She would only buy designer clothing, purses, etc. She was single and just out of college. She went every day after work making the rounds of all the stores. Since she was in there every day she knew what was new and could scour quickly. She always had a the nicest clothing and I asked her one time that’s how I found out where she got them for pennies on the dollar. Many times she said she found items that still had tags on them.

  30. anamariavaldillez says:

    I’ve gotta go… kid’s halloween costumes are getting so expensive. Hope I can get some good finds =D

  31. I have been a Good Will shopper for about 20 years and a Salvation Army shopper for the last 30 or so years, Because my mother raised us to scour anywhere and everywhere to save a dollar. I learned very early in life that I could get wonderful things for next to nothing. In my sixth grade photo I had an outfit on that came from a yard sale, and I was so upset my mother didn’t purchase something brand new. Being 12 I was terrified I was gonna get laughed at. I went to school that day Could it be no one knew and I kept getting compliments Truly it was one of the best pictures of my school career, aside from the dorky glasses of course. When I worked Full time years ago my Business suits mostly came from Good Will. I would buy one for around $5.00 and pay a few dollars to have it dry cleaned. Voilla brand new! My husband laughs because even at the Salvation Army now I will only go on Wednesday which is family day, when every tag except 1 color is half off. I even wait for a sale there. I have bought my children pj’s with the tags still on them for $0.50. I have made up my own list of weird rules for shopping there. For example, I refuse to buy shoes unless they are brand new. My husband and I went to a Halloween party as Eddie and Kathryn from Christmas Vacation once, and where do you think the costume purchases came from? That’s right Salvation Army on Half off day! I do have a small problem with Good Will though, Over the years I have noticed at least in my area the prices escalating a lot. I have 3 within a 25 minute radius of where I live. they are all part of different regions and all have different “rules”. One offers no discounts ever and it is in a very upscale area. another has half off the last weekend of the month, and another does a card, but not like the one listed in the post. after you get so many punches for spending a certain amount you get 10% off. I see things at all of them that are torn or stained and think why would anyone pay $9.99 for a pair of stained designer jeans? But definitely still check them out when I can:)

  32. Target and Goodwill have a contract so everything that Target sells (other than food) goes to Goodwill after being on clerance. I do Goodwill runs for whatever I’m looking for and sometimes I do Goodwill runs (hitting up multiple Goodwill’s) to view their Target merchandise. It is pretty awesome. I don’t know if this is all state’s but it def in Oregon.

    • Anonymous says:

      They do that in MO to. I’ve bought many items from clothing to home decor from Goodwill that is/was Target merchandise. I would much rather pay $6 for a pair of Target shoes (brand new) at the Goodwill instead of $20 at Target, ya know. :)

  33. Kerry Boyd says:

    I get emails from Goodwill with 20% off coupons and sometimes text discounts but we don’t have a Club Goodwill here in Tn. The Goodwill’s here are broken into areas, so the text are only valid at some Goodwills, same with the coupons. First Saturday of the month at all Goodwills is 50% of everything . I always have problems with the coupons when I go. The cashiers never know how to ring them up. The regional manger told because most of their customers do not have internet or computers so they don’t get many coupons. Should still train the employees on how to use them.

  34. Kim P says:

    Don’t forget that when you donate you can get a punch card and after 5-6 donations you will get 20% of your next visit!

    • I have NEVER heard of this! I donate to the Goodwill down the street from me, and they’ve never mentioned this! >:( In fact, when I asked (as a shopper) if they offered a frequent buyer program, they looked at me like I was nuts and said “No. This is Goodwill, not Target.”

  35. Candra Long says:

    I don’t go to Goodwill much… the one in my town is waaay overpriced. Seriously, I once saw a top for $25. I was like “Come on, people! this is goodwill!”. Granted, the top was from White House Black Market, but I really think that is no excuse for goodwill to charge $25 for it. All their stuff is overpriced like that- basic t-shirts (walmart’s brand, no less) for upwards of $5 and jeans over $10. But thankfully, we do have scads of other GOOD thrift stores in town that I hit any time I get the chance. :)

  36. Luca Bella says:

    My mother works in loss prevention at goodwill, she busts people all day for switching tags and trying to shoplift in general. Everyone thinks that because goodwill gets stuff for free that it’s not a big deal if they attempt to steal or discount things themselves. Wrong. No one knows that Goodwill charges EACH of these criminals 300 bux for their crimes, which is another way they make money. How do they get caught? Since goodwill pays nothing for it’s inventory, they spend TONS OF MONEY ON CAMERAS EVERYWHERE.

    That being said, it’s still 50/50 on the pricing. Stuff that the people know nothing about goes super cheap, and then you’ll have them trying to get 80 bux for a bike that can be bought new for, wait for it, 80 bux.

    Still, if you have one nearby, for children’s clothes (that they constantly grow out of) it cannot be beat.

  37. For their birthdays & Christmas, each of my daughters get one NEW outfit (as in Target/Wal-Mart, or maybe even a namebrand if the sales are good enough) & the rest of the time…. all Goodwill-clothes, baby!

    Especially helpful since my mother works there ;] 50% off colored tag plus 20% off employee discount… That’s a nice chunk of savings right there.

  38. For their birthdays & Christmas, each of my daughters get one NEW outfit (as in Target/Wal-Mart, or maybe even a namebrand if the sales are good enough) & the rest of the time…. all Goodwill-clothes, baby!

    Especially helpful since my mother works there ;] 50% off colored tag plus 20% off employee discount… That’s a nice chunk of savings right there.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love goodwill!!! I have found a real coach purse, micheal kors purse and wallet, a few super cute kathy van zealand purses, lots of children place & gap clothing for my children. I have also found some huge super nice pots for my outdoor potted plants which are always so expensive. no ashamed to say ” I LOVE GOODWILL “

  40. I can find good stuff occasionally at Goodwill, but lately their prices have been a lot more lately than they used to be, at least by me. I have been shopping at our 3 local DAV thrift stores and find TONS of stuff, in good condition, for rock bottom prices. My latest find was a bedrail for my son’s toddler bed for $6, not to mention all the kids books and puzzles for 25 cents and the electronic learning toys for $1.98 that cost around $20 new! :) Don’t get me wrong, I do stop in Goodwill occasionally. I have just grown to prefer the DAV stores, and all their proceeds go to the disabled vets.

  41. Check out a store in a ‘richer’ town. The Goodwill down the street only has my old cothes and kitchen wares. lol SO I drive about 15 mins to another city and there is much better selection.

  42. Annie Bailey says:

    I’m sure goodwill does this but I donate to Value Village and when you donate you get a coupon! I then turn around and use that coupon :) Its a win win situation for all involved! (sometimes the coupons are only 10% off but every bit counts :) )

  43. Christie Blair says:

    I love my MIL’s Goodwill. They have a Bargain Barn in the back that’s only open certain hours and that’s where the good deals are. I wish our Goodwill here had a Bargain Barn.

  44. Christie Blair says:

    I love my MIL’s Goodwill. They have a Bargain Barn in the back that’s only open certain hours and that’s where the good deals are. I wish our Goodwill here had a Bargain Barn.

  45. We don’t have Goodwill stores around where I live, but we do have Salvation Army. I have one just up the street from my house and we are on a first-name basis there! I shop there at least every other Friday (that’s the day they get new stuff). I always score. Last week I got a new bulletin board in the package and it came with push pins form $2.00. Can’t beat that.

  46. We don’t have Goodwill stores around where I live, but we do have Salvation Army. I have one just up the street from my house and we are on a first-name basis there! I shop there at least every other Friday (that’s the day they get new stuff). I always score. Last week I got a new bulletin board in the package and it came with push pins form $2.00. Can’t beat that.

  47. I love my Goodwill stores. Back to school shopping for my 8 yrs old son was under $50 with 10 pairs of jean, 4 shorts, 12 shirts, a coat and a pair of snow pant. He is touch on his clothes so this is a life saver. We got brand from Land end, columbia, and Gap. Most are in excellent condition too. I love to go there on Tuesday, tag sale day for $1.49 an item. And Kids Thursday sale 50% off all kid stuff. We also like their books department. One time we got 30 BRAND NEW Dr. Seuss books for $.99 each. :) My son has a complete Dr. Seuss books collection thanks to Goodwill

  48. Anonymous says:

    I’m a lifelong thrift shopper. I always think it’s so funny when people find “good deals” on clothes and they’re still paying $20 for a shirt. Our local ARC thrift shops have half off days every Saturday, and I can’t remember the last time I paid more than three or four dollars on an item of clothing.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I’m a lifelong thrift shopper. I always think it’s so funny when people find “good deals” on clothes and they’re still paying $20 for a shirt. Our local ARC thrift shops have half off days every Saturday, and I can’t remember the last time I paid more than three or four dollars on an item of clothing.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately we don’t have a Goodwill super near us, but we do have a Salvation Army thrift store and several other for-profit thrift stores. I generally only shop there on their sales days–the closest store to me has 50% off all items every Monday and occasional sale days on the weekends. (Sign up for your store’s emails too–mine sends out occasional coupons!) I have gotten tons of clothes for my son there that way, and I recently got lots of baby clothes to help out a relative going through a hard time. (I think I got her 5 grocery bags packed full of clothes and blankets and spent less than $40.) I love that you can sometimes find really good quality stuff too. I bought a adorable and very durable Puma jacket for my son for two bucks less than I spent on a chintzy sweatshirt at Walmart brand new. You do have to find the right store for you though. Some are well priced and others I find are pretty overpriced. The selection also depends on the neighborhood and what people are donating–find what thrift stores are in your area and visit them all to see which ones work best for you.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately we don’t have a Goodwill super near us, but we do have a Salvation Army thrift store and several other for-profit thrift stores. I generally only shop there on their sales days–the closest store to me has 50% off all items every Monday and occasional sale days on the weekends. (Sign up for your store’s emails too–mine sends out occasional coupons!) I have gotten tons of clothes for my son there that way, and I recently got lots of baby clothes to help out a relative going through a hard time. (I think I got her 5 grocery bags packed full of clothes and blankets and spent less than $40.) I love that you can sometimes find really good quality stuff too. I bought a adorable and very durable Puma jacket for my son for two bucks less than I spent on a chintzy sweatshirt at Walmart brand new. You do have to find the right store for you though. Some are well priced and others I find are pretty overpriced. The selection also depends on the neighborhood and what people are donating–find what thrift stores are in your area and visit them all to see which ones work best for you.

  52. We have been huge Goodwill fans for years. Just wanted to add that many of them offer military discounts with I.D, usually of 10%

  53. We have been huge Goodwill fans for years. Also wanted to tell you that some of them offer military discounts, usually of 10%

  54. Wish we had a good will that nice… Anything good at ours walks out the back doors…. Then they want new prices for used stuff. Really $12 for used jeans. Walmart sales them for $10-20 and I personally couldn’t tell you how many times I have bought brand name jeans at Maurices on clearance for $10 or less.

    • Ryan B says:

      Same problem here. Especially with clothing. However, we have gone to buying our board games there, and normally thats not something that goes out the back, so we have managed to get good sets of board games that we love for a little over a dollar each!

    • Savers (another thrift store in our old hometown) was like that too. They actually had plenty of nice stuff.. they just wanted wayyyyyyy too much money for all of it. We had a lot of luck with Salvation Army in that case.

  55. I love to shop at Goodwill ~ I get lots of craft supplies there!!

  56. Great post!! I love to shop at goodwill~ I gets lots of craft supplies there!!

  57. inland recycle on Nora rd in spokane has cords, phones, software, computers, laptops, you name it, for SUPER cheap. i got a power cord for $.25! a laptop top for my daughter for $100 fully loaded and it included a case too. other cases were $10 avg. price.

  58. inland recycle on Nora rd in spokane has cords, phones, software, computers, laptops, you name it, for SUPER cheap. i got a power cord for $.25! a laptop top for my daughter for $100 fully loaded and it included a case too. other cases were $10 avg. price.

  59. inland recycle on Nora rd in spokane has cords, phones, software, computers, laptops, you name it, for SUPER cheap. i got a power cord for $.25! a laptop top for my daughter for $100 fully loaded and it included a case too. other cases were $10 avg. price.

  60. Anonymous says:

    My parents took my family of four on a cruise this spring. I headed straight to the local Goodwill to do our clothes shopping. I have no problem spending $4 on a dress that I will wear once. To buy a 14 yr old boy dress clothes at retail price is crazy… so he wore his slacks, shirts, ties and jacket for the cruise and we redonated them when we got home. That is my favorite store EVER! My heart starts to race when I no one is near! :-)

  61. We shop regularly at our goodwill in AZ we have different promos. Here in AZ every other Saturday is 50% off the entire store!!! Thats right!!! And every week has a color that is 50% off with Thursdays being $1.00 day. This is the last day for the weekly color so anything that is left is $1.00 We always find great bargains at our $1.00 days!

  62. I am so glad that someone else also sees the value in Goodwill. I like hunting for clothes. It looks like a sea of ugly colors but go through them like crazy to find that nice top/dress. I’ve bought dresses for like $5 and tops $3 plus change, awesome. I bought my son a 3 story garage made of wood for $10…found out later it was worth $100 and it still looks new.

    Last week I needed a tall cabinet for my bathroom and found one right away….I looove Goodwill. It’s amazing fun to have a few dollars in your pocket and wonder what you will walk out the store with!

    I have friends who donate stuff but never go in. I keep telling them that they should just go in for a little book for their kid (of course once they do that they go nuts in that store and come out happy). It’s way better than thrift stores.

  63. Julie Stevenson says:

    I love Goodwill, I got a printer there too, a 12×12 printer…for $8.00 :)