I know you have been waiting anxiously for this post, right?? Where I detail all about my shopping experience shopping at a Goodwill outlet. (Nicknamed “Dig ‘n Save Goodwill” – cause you dig for clothes and pay by the POUND, not the piece, therefore saving a ton of money!)
When I was in NC last week, I told my friend Molly that the one thrift store I wanted to be sure to visit was the one she had talked about where you dig for clothes in bins and pay by the pound.
I had never been to a Goodwill store like that. But I was super excited to go. I have a fabric outlet store near me that does a fabric by the pound sale twice a year and it is a ton of fun and I get GREAT deals, so I knew I would LOVE shopping a Goodwill like that.
So here is the deal – ALL clothes (from newborn to adult, pajamas to jackets, underwear to socks, shirts, pants, etc. are all piled up in these waist high bins. So you aren’t digging down to the floor and it does make it pretty easy to search through the clothes.
There are tons of these bins, 20-30 all spread over the store. Shoes were in the back on shelves. See the blue trashcan looking things in the front of the picture? That is your shopping cart! They are on wheels and you push/drag it through the store filling it up with all your “treasures”.
Housewares were separate as well. The items have all come from previous regular Goodwill stores so they are already marked with a price. At the outlet they discount everything by 50%. (I will mention that Goodwill prices in NC are significantly lower already than what I pay in GA. AND the stores there don’t do a 1/2 price color of the week. So the only time you get things 50% is at the outlet or if a regular store did a special sale day.)
I do have to mention this – Molly had told me all about it before we got there. When they bring out a new bin, you have to stand behind a line and wait until they get it locked in place. When they do, they say “Go” or “OK” or something like that and there was a HUGE rush of like 20 ladies that ran in and started tossing clothes left and right! Hilarious! I tried to get more pictures but one of them said to stop.
We spent well over an hour digging in bins, browsing through the housewares, and honestly could have spent another 30 minutes looking in bins we didn’t even get to. Then we went through our “shopping bins” to make sure we wanted everything/check for stains, etc.
There is my bin all ready to check out. The housewares were calculated separately, then they rolled the bin on the scale and I waited to see how many pounds I had!
I ended up with 19 pounds x $1.39 which was $26.13
BUT, in those 19 pounds of clothes was a full size quilt which I weighed at home and it was around 2.5 pounds. So I paid $3.50 for it.
And got 58 pieces of clothing/hats/scarves for about $22.50, which equals $0.39 a piece!
Here’s what I got – 3 boys pj’s, 2 boys dress shirts, 1 boys dress pants, 1 boys shorts, 4 girls sweaters, 2 girls pj’s, 3 girls pants, 8 girls shirts
A bunch of newborn clothes for a family in our church that just had a little girl – 2 NB pants, 8 NB sleeper/onesies, 4 NB dresses, 5 NB pants, 1 NB tights.
Some Christmas presents for this year – 2 brand new crocheted hats, and 4 brand new scarf/gloves/hat sets
2 women’s jackets – one was J. Crew brand! 1 men’s Starter jacket, 3 women’s scarves, and 1 girls purse.
Here’s the housewares I got:
The cake plate was $0.49, the mason jar was $0.47, and the glass plates were $0.47 each.
I was really excited when I saw these glass plates. They are Princess House plates (which I own a lot of because my mother-in-law sold it for years) and a set of 4 would cost $40.00, I got 4 for $2.00.
My husband and Molly’s husband asked me what I thought about it when we got back and I said, “Of course I LOVED it and am ready to go back already!” This is the type of store that if you were looking for clothes, you could literally shop multiple times a day and find new things because they are changing out the bins constantly. We had a TON of fun and lots of good memories!!
Now to find one closer to me (or convince my husband to take another road trip to Greenville, SC or Charlotte, NC!)
Here is a site I found that lists Goodwill outlet or clearance centers by state – http://frugalliving.about.com/od/bargainshopping/qt/Goodwill_Outlet.htm.
I specifically know of ones in Greenville, SC; Charlotte, NC; and North Charleston, SC.
Have you ever shopped a Goodwill outlet/clearance center? What do you think – would you want to dig for clothes and pay by the pound?