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Transform an old brass light fixture into something that will match the rest of your lighting. Paint would have been an easy fix if I had wanted to change the finish. Brand names are a plus too. Our dining chairs were made by a high end company called American Drew that sold me on them. This console table I madeover was made my Broyhill, a brand I knew, so I felt confident in buying it. Note: Sale days and discount programs vary by region, so check with your local store as it might be different from these. There ya go. I just spilled all my secrets, and now I might have some fierce competition.
Great tips, Lauren! Thanks for the love, Amy! I always love your transformations too. What brand of liming wax do you prefer? I had a horrible experience today at the Goodwill in Fresno, CA. I am always thrilled when I find that one good buy. A young male employee was listening when I exclaimed over the good deal. When I went to check out he told me he could not sell the coat at that price and ripped the tag off. I asked what I could pay to get the coat. He refused to sell it to me.
I was so disappointed and angry. Is that legal? Hi Mona. I keep quiet when I find a terrific deal GW. It seems that they put dealer prices on the objects, but people still buy it. Your experience with the coat shocked me! Seems the employee overstepped his job description.
Hope you have some better shopping experiences. Employees at our Goodwills in Midlothian Va area are not allowed to purchase merchandise.
I would of asked for the manager. This same thing happened to me at a local Goodwill. I went straight to the top and reported the employee. I doubt she still even works there. Yes, please keep quiet about any good deals you find at good will. My husband was in there and found a book that was valuable which he resold, he shot his mouth off and now they scan every book they sell. They would manipulate the tag when I was at the register and not looking. More collectible items no longer hit the floor in our stores, but are automatically added to the Goodwill website where they can command more money I was told this by an employee.
If you do find a prize, consider yourself lucky. And books? Good grief. Most I can buy less expensively online. At our stores, employees are allowed to buy, but items need to be on the floor for three days or so I was told. It changed how I donate but not how I shop. Also, they ship to other stores. When I first began a number of years ago, Tshirts were.
I have found the Salvation Army has tried to do better in pricing and their furniture is exceptional but they do admit. Antique dealers. My GW has auctions for the good stuff. Like I said they are a corporate own enterprise and they hire folks in need but they are in business for personal gain not charity relief. Thank you have a nice day. I just decided last night to no longer work for Goodwill.
After only 6 months I found out over and over that the good in Goodwill is not good at all to employees. They let everyone park in the handicap space. Yes they have to pay rent. They build beautiful buildings and the pay their CEOs alot of money. Sadly, a lot of the donated items at our local stores end up at the bin store without ever seeing a shelf. I only donate to Goodwill on the rarest of occasions now, preferring to give to thrifts that truly appreciate the items, and price them reasonably, as opposed to boutique-y.
I think we have about 50 thrift stores in a 30 mile range from my house including neighboring towns. I luv your tips lauren. I must share a story with you….. Out of necessity really.
And as you write, some days are filled with wonderful treasures and others, well, not so much! You must go at least once, sometimes twice a week to reap the benefits! How unfair! Pawing through everything like it was their own private little jewels!! I was on the phone so fast calling the corporate headquarters demanding that something be done immediately!
I was so angry! It is a shame because it continues to happen, so they raise the prices because they know the dealers are re-selling and who suffers? Wow, I often wondered about that. I donate a lot since we own rentals and so many tenants leave behind a lot of stuff. Many times when I was donating to the back entrance, I saw some beautiful lamps, a bird cage which was so ornate and lots of nice quality items. Yet, I go often enough inside to our Salvation Army store and never see any of the things I see when I drop off items.
I even asked if much of this goes to another Salvation Army store and I was told yes but not much. So that had me thinking am I going on the wrong days or not early enough. Something to take notice. I have found that I can go to Walmart and buy things cheaper then Goodwill.. I cant figure out why the charge so much? I was surprised last trip there. Dollar store used items were 1. Amy, you took the words right out of my mouth. Same here for the prices at Goodwill. I do not shop there or donate there. I think they are beggers and thieves actually with all the trailers sitting along the road side to drop your donations off.
I too have found other thrift stores and they go to a good cause like animal rescue. I try not to go too much, because I buy too much, my house is already full. So, so smart of you to buy things and make them over for resale. It gives you spending money to decorate. And you are so good at it. The same thing I told Amy, there is a Goodwill 30 minutes from my house that always has higher prices than the one 5 minutes from me. Just not much luck so far on my end. Goodwill is a terrible organization. They hired my hardworking handicapped daughter.
They required her to work 12 hrs a day for 7 days then 7 days off for 89 days. This was grueling for her but she needed a job so badly. A day before the 90th day, when she would have been eligible for health and vacation benefits, they laid her off and hired another young woman in the same circumstances.
We investigated and found that they did this over and over. They keep a small core staff and cycle through others to keep from obeying labor laws. So, then Steph had a firing on her record. If you are just looking for a bargain without any social consciousness, do shop at Goodwill. But if you care at all about the scheming of this multibillion dollar ripoff machine, please shop at Salvation Army or somewhere. Please note that as said before, all regions are run different. I do agree that the Salvation Army is better at community support.
Also the clothing you speak of being sold in poverty stricken countries is normally sold for pennies a pound. Most stores have worked at figuring out new ways to keep as much merchandise as possible out of the landfills. Why did you allow your handicapped daughter to work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day?
I find this story very disturbing on many levels. Why would you allow your handicapped daughter to work 7 days a week, 12 hour a day? How do i know? Because i work for The Good Will.
It was too hard to turn down deodorant for. Yes prices have risen, but so have the wages they pay their staff. We do not deduct payments on a schedule; please call us to make your payments. We also have a Charter high school in downtown Indy that is for those kids that get left by the wayside and fall through the cracks. Like a scientist, from trial and error discovering specifics of inventory including who, what, when, where, why.
That is so sad. My friend worked at goodwill for about 5 years they said she had a felony on her record and fired her why did they wait so long should be able to sue them. I am so sorry you were treated that poorly. My son works there and he is boarder line special needs so he took the job, but I wish someone would make the company do the right thing, and it should be non profit right down the line. They do hire and train people who would otherwise be unemployable, but there is also a big push for profits, and the ceo makes a salary in the six figures.
Sal army is the lesser of both evils. Outrageous and nasty staff. Savers is better. It does seem inconsistent sometimes. After a day or two, it gets marked down. I find that the better the neighborhood the store is in, the cheaper the prices and the worse the neighborhood, the worse the prices. I just go for good deals. For awhile, they were even asking for extra donations at the cash register.
I go quite a lot, and have experience with labels, merchandise, and prices in general. I moved to NM from Indy last year. The prices in NM are 3 or mores times higher than in Indy. They only have one day here when you can get a discount. They never mark things down. In Indy they dd the colored tag system. But that is every thrift store in Albuquerque. It is almost impossible to find anything you want. Wednesday morning the shelves are overflowing-but at least they have the colored tag system for the week-which is better than shopping senior day.
It is pitiful how many seniors show up for this. I have purchased online from the Indi Goodwill, and I do find everyone there I have spoken to to be professional. Since I collect dishes every thing in tableware I have purchased has always arrived in perfect shape and professionally packed. It definitely seems inconsistent, but if you wait, the price will drop.
One Goodwill 30 minutes from me is always priced higher than the one in my neighborhood, so it helps to visit several until you find a winner.
Thanks for sharing your Goodwill shopping secrets!! I live 10 minutes from our local GW and go there often. I live in OHIO. I shop Goodwill almost daily. We get discounts daily. We have very good prices on everything. Our Goodwill does buy-outs from Department stores that are a little more on somethings.
But,not on the clothing. The clothing is hung with all the other, at the same price. The store is set up like a Department store,very neat,clean. Just a week or so ago,they lowered prices on everything. These prices will not go up. I donate all the time. This store has alot of the same people, who started when the store opened. Sorry, this is so long.
But,I wanted to let people know ,not all thrift stores are alike. I agree with Amy and Allison. Goodwill in particular has lost its way in terms of a non-profit mission. Their prices in no accurate way reflect the demographics of their core buyers. On top of that, our local Texas Goodwill store needs a serious overhaul. I truly miss the Deseret Industries thrift store back in Idaho.
They are brilliant at merchandising, lighting, and service. And while their prices did start to creep upward, they took measures to reverse the trend when the increases were met with opposition. I can see what you mean, Ardith.
And there was actually a false article circulated on social media for sometime that has since been debunked regarding the profit margin. Demographics certainly play a part. It seems like the increase in pricing has been across the board no matter where I thrift. It makes me sick. Most Goodwill stores follow the mission of giving persons a helping hand with employment. In our are they focus on mentally handicapped people job support.
They are well respected in the community. Yes prices have risen, but so have the wages they pay their staff. Far better than Value Village which is just a corporate company donating pennies to charity. Please find a different soapbox to stand on. I would love to shop at your Goodwill — it looks like a large store with a great selection! I am definitely a Goodwill shopper and have found some great deals! Have a great week! Maybe the discount days is a regional thing? I was thinking it was all over. I love Goodwill too! I can find some great new stuff from Target too. And your right, paint can fix almost anything!
I even just painted a pair of shoes! Thanks for the tips! No way! I think Target has a partnership of some kind with Goodwill because I see new Target items there a lot too. You are really good as seeing the potential in pieces. I would have overlooked some of your great finds! It has taken some practice for sure. Thanks for the love, Eilis! We have several Goodwill outlets in our area in NC. Their prices are much more reasonable than regular Goodwill stores.
I love to go there! I have found several items that I have resold on eBay for a profit! Where in NC, Lauren? I shop all over the state live in Wilmington I bet I could give you a tip or two on local stores in addition to GW; …. I do too, Michelle. I went to my local Keystone Goodwill in Exton,Pa to have my military discount put on it. I have a different card for Wisconsin and one for Michigan.
Aw boo! That stinks! Seems ridiculous that they would deviate from what is listed directly on the Goodwill website. Thanks for the tips. My mom loves shopping at her Goodwill. Stopping by from The Weekend Retreat. Lauren, these are such great tips! I have tried to go to goodwill so many times to get stuff for projects, but I never have luck! I think my biggest thing is I go at odd times, like end of the week. I am going to try on a Monday like you mentioned. Makes sense after garage sales, etc. Have you ever shopped goodwill online?
Have an awesome weekend! Definitely try it on a Monday. Hope you have better luck next time around! I feel like the prices are better in store, and even then the pricing seems to vary by location. These are great tips. I like your rule of donating something, too.
Thanks for posting. Hello from Handmade Hangout. These are great tips! My husband and I are big thrifters. So many of the things in our home our finds from local thrift stores! Totally worth it. I totally agree! I walk out empty handed most of the time, but those score days are sweet sweet victory. Great tips! Shocker… I had never set foot in a Goodwill until a year or so ago. Thanks for all the advice! I always carry something around until I decide and it usually turns out to be my best buy!
Can I add another tip? Go around at least twice. I always see the best stuff the second or third time around. I do have some donations to drop off so I will be checking it out soon. Totally agree! I find some good stuff the second time around sometimes. We got lucky. So donate first, get the receipt, then go shopping! Great tip, Beth! I buy all my clothes there. When I say goodwill they look shocked. I knew a young woman who sold all her clothes at yardsales at the end of the year and bought all new summer clothes.
I like to shop at goodwill and I love what I find. I typically find the same type of furniture for half the price or even a quarter of the price of the stuff at Restore. Here in Ft Worth, we have a Goodwill outlet!!!!! I went into the store just looking for things I could make into quilts…… It has made my addiction so much worse!!!!!!! But in a good way!!! The store is made up in big bins.. I need to check it out…maybe without the Jerry Springer show drama. I bet you find all kinds of cool fabrics. I love goodwill! I wish! Wow, your store looks wonderful! I checked several around Tulsa and finally asked why there was no furniture to be found.
You have to go to an auction held once a week! If you work… So sorry, you lose. What in the world?! And definitely not fair. That really stinks. I stared at it, walked away, went back and stared again then left without it. Thank you for the Goodwill secrets!! Oh wow! But you have to check their calendar for when those are. After reading so many discounts out there, it looks like it varies a lot by region.
I love thrift shopping and you have provided some great tips. Hi Lauren I am a Goodwill girl too. I furnished my whole house with mostly Goodwill and tag sales…. I am soooo proud of it…and not at all ashamed to say I will never outgrow the Goodwill store…Love it. I totally hear ya on being proud of it. When people come over and want a tour, I have so much fun telling them how little I spent on each piece of furniture and seeing how amazed they are at the teeny price tag. I love your article! I wished you lived in Arizona…lol.. Except for our new good such as Matresses, Rug and Pillows…they have their own deals during the calendar year.
And our coupon that you can download on to your smart phone or print it out. Like pursues, clothing, linens, furniture, household good kitchen and decor. And a lot of people, churches, other organizations go there and buy clothing and linens and shoes for the needed, such as the homeless, the underprivileged, and send over to other countries for missions. So we do have quite the deals going on. We also have Career Centers, where we do help put people to work. Our staff members at the career centers help you pick out which job suits your needs, help you with your resume and prepare you for interviews and help you learn more about that job.
Thank you so much for writing your article. For out-of-town thrifting I use an app on my phone: ThriftBuddy. You can look up stores by location or when traveling, let the GPS feature scan for stores around you. Very cool. Thanks for sharing these great tips!
I bought a few baskets and other things to decorate my craft room. You have found some great items at your Goodwill, and you made them look beautiful! That stuff has to go! I love to shop too much! You just described my house exactly! Haha We try to keep order around here but those closets…oh Lordy! Love the tips and love how you can make something so ordinary to wow!!
So glad it could help, Amy! Having to tap into your imagination on those thrift shopping trips is part of the fun for sure. Have yet to find all these amazing things…in any goodwill that I have visited! Just tons and tons of clothes but have anyone noticed that you can go online and Goodwill have an auction site yes big time profit for Goodwill.
The one near my house pretty much always has some furniture and their prices are really good. We are about to have a Goodwill store opening in my town and I am so excited! Will be stopping in often. Love the pieces you have refinished, especially the blue console table! Thanks, Carol! Total Goodwill fan over here. I discovered that the reason our Goodwill prices went up was due to ObamaCare it forced Goodwill to provide insurance for all employees and that costs was over , just for my area.
Their overhead went up so the prices went up to help keep people working.
Pass this on if you like to help customers understand. Ohhh that makes sense. I thought maybe it was because upcycling and thrift makeovers have grown in popularity but that makes sense too. We shop at our Goodwill regularly. I am close to one at home and one at work.
As a teacher, I great great things for my room as well as things for home. They do price them high sometimes, but the discounts bring them down and, as you said, patience is the key. Great article! I decorated my classroom with a lot of thrift store finds back when I was teaching too. Thanks for these tips, Lauren! I also really love Salvation Army and have found that the prices are a little better than Good Will at least in my area. It really does become an addiction. Habitat for Humanity Restore is great too, but their pricing seems to be the same as or higher than Goodwill.
I love their cause though. Do all stores get the Target clearance items?? I know what I want so when I go in I am looking for something in specific. Like Glass trees, I found two this summer. When Iw as looking around Christmas last year forget it.
I guess getting furniture at a good deal and waiting if it is too expensive is a great idea. I am not sure I have seen furniture in our store. Anyway thanks for the tips. The weekends and Mondays is usually when they seem to have the most furniture. Thanks for Sharing! I Love going to Goodwill, Especially, the first Sat. Both chairs are on good shape but a little dingy. Any tips on changing the color of the apholstery? Either re-apholstery get or dyeing the current apholstery? Upholstery is definitely one thing that intimidates me in the DIY department.
I imagine if the batting and foam is still in great shape, it should be fairly reasonable. I would so love to shop at a decent Goodwill store. We have a Goodwill store in Kimball, TN, that hardly ever has decent home goods. The shelves are mainly bare and no substantial furniture shows up. I relentlessly go in about once a week on different days hoping to find something to buy and I leave empty handed. I have seen some large trucks with deliveries but it is mainly clothes that have seen much better days.
There might even be some great hole-in-the-wall ones that are worth trying. Awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing them: I love Goodwill although I have no more room to bring home the awesome finds I get! I know what you mean! You have fantastic suggestions for thrifting! I am trying to get better at accessioning my home with less expensive items and have recently discovered chalk paint.
You have really opened my eyes to the potential some of the things I never would have looked at before! So glad it could help! I find lovely and very useful things there, especially craft items. I had never seen Goodwill discount merchandise before so drastically but its been a once a month occurrence here lately. I really like the tips, Laren, has posted on her website?!!!!. I feel that no matter how old you are, you can always learn new things?!!!!.
I just love what she has done with the furniture pieces, Wow! Just great?!!!. Hi Claudette! I live in northeast Ohio. I have another secret to add. I, too, love the Goodwill store by me. And my store is priced decently. This store is new, clean and everything in its place, the staff greets you and they seems happy.
But I agree that each GW store depends on the area and demographics, and who runs each individual store.
I will donate to my GW store any day, even if they are non-for profit, it still provides a job to disabled or disadvantaged individuals. I prefer the local charity thrifts to goodwill.. In Canada Goodwill is a charity, Value Village is not. Last I heard it was also charity in the US also. These are some awesome tips Lauren. I would have loved to had that scroll mirror. I have been on the lookout for one like this at my local Goodwill. However, I did find a beautiful set of china tea cups a few weeks ago. I felt like I had ht the jackpot. Glad it helped, Trish! And the prices can be really low at one store and way too high for my taste at another store just a few miles away from the other.
I love all the crafts you did with your finds. My mom and I shop Goodwill often and we shop and several away. Our local goodwill puts good stuff out on Tues and Wed. I love finding flea markets and thrift stores that way too. Tuesday seems to be a good day around here for us as well. Ooh yeah. I know exactly what you mean. My family is addicted to goodwill shopping. But we find so many good deals we would be stupid not to go.