Why Shopping at Goodwill is so Much Fun?

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Why shopping at Goodwill is so much fun? It’s because you never know what you are going to find! It’s like a treasure hunt where you have to dig and explore to find the treasure!

I usually visit the Goodwill store near me once a month. There’s one only ten minutes away from my house, so it’s easy to pop in wherever I want. Some days I find a ton of goodies, and some days I find none. That’s the beauty of Goodwill; it’s a hit or miss.

I recently found out (by chatting with a Goodwill floor assistant) that our local store receives a lot of furniture on Sunday nights. I was very excited that the salesperson shared this golden information with me. When I’m on the lookout for furniture, I now know when to go. If you ever want to know when the best time to shop for certain things is, ask one of the employees that work at Goodwill. You will be sure to get the great scoop!

Last weekend I went to Goodwill to drop off a few bags, and I decided to make my way in to see what kind of things I could find. I was walking down the “toys” aisle, and I saw a brand new “Jake the Pirate” ornament. I mean, we are only four months away from Christmas, right? I love buying ornaments for our Christmas tree, especially the ones that mean something to us. In this case, my oldest son loves the Disney show Jake the Pirate. Besides seeing my son’s eyes full of excitement, the best part was that the ornament was only $1.99. A brand new Hallmark/Disney ornament retails anything from $15-$25.

On my recent trip to Goodwill, I also found this gorgeous green faux leather jacket. I scored this beauty for $4.99. Not bad! Since fall is coming up soon, I wanted to check what kind of jackets and coats Goodwill had in store.

If you are new at thrift shopping, here are a few tips that will go along the way:

  1. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find anything you like. The chances are that you went on an “off” day. Go often to find out when is the best day to shop. Ask the floor assistant when are the best days and times to visit the store.
  2. Found something you liked? Grab it before someone else does. That’s another reason why I love shopping at Goodwill; you are likely to see one of a kind item. So if you like something, put it in your shopping cart!
  3. Goodwill is an excellent place to shop for the Holidays. I wrote a blog post last year with all the decor I bought for Christmas. You can read that post here: Decorating for the Holidays with Goodwill. If you want to find Halloween costumes and decor, Back to School items, Christmas decor and more, make sure to visit the store early to find the best stuff!
  4. Think outside the box! You can find furniture or house decor items that will look new with a fresh coat of paint. If you have never refurbished anything, you can easily find YouTube videos with all the resources you need for the makeover.

Read about my last year’s Holiday finds at Goodwill here: Decorating for the Holidays with Goodwill.

I hope that those tips help you on your next visit to Goodwill!

Xoxo, Gabrielle

**This post is sponsored by Goodwill. All opinions are my own.

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