Ever heard of Goodwill OUTLET?? I hadn't either - but when I did, I had to get myself there ASAP. I even have you guess how much my piles cost - so keep on reading for that...
The gist is that there are just bins and bins of stuff - not sorted into size or like items or anything - and it's purchased by weight, $0.79 a pound. Crazy, right?!
Apparently some of you had heard of it - and you had great tips - - from the Facebook Feed:
--Sounds like a place not to take kids
--there is one like that in NC--I have found some good stuff but a lot is total junk
-- We have one here but its $1.39 lb and goes down more you buy. Personally as a DIY kinda gal, I love it! It's literally a trash to treasure type of store with a few good as is finds too. Good luck at yours!
--Yes don't take kids! And if you see something you want grab it. There are people that go crazy there lining up to get stuff as they bring out the bins. And be ready to get dirt
-- Bust for me. Stopped at one in the Sacramento,CA. Smelled awful and trashy was bummed.
--Oh my gosh sounds like you just discovered a new planet!!! How exciting
--The serious people at ours wear gloves. You might want to as you can get pretty dirty and sometimes things are broken. Its also a lot more fun without kids. Just easier to dig! Have fun. Cant wait to hear what you find!
--We have one in Nashville next door to the good Goodwill. It is pretty gross. It is not worth it for me to search through all of it to find something good. I like things to be more organized. I saw people leaving with some decent items though.
-- I love it. I have gotten linen tablecloths for pennies (since it's all done by weight). I have found vacuum cleaner parts for a scuba diver Halloween costume and t-shirts for the millions of fun recycled t-shirt projects out there - I've made them into dresses, scarves. The hunt can be draining though.
About half an hour after we were there, things started happening that we knew nothing about. Big flashing lights above a couple of doors - workers came pouring out of one door, each grabbed a bin, and wheeled it out the other door, never to be seen again. We just stood there stunned - "what's going on?!" - finally my mom woke me from my daze and told me I'd better take a picture, so I snapped one just in time:
Then, through the original door, they wheeled in all new bins for the ones they took. Then they came over the speakers and said we could line up but not shop - everyone scurried to secure their position in front of a great bin. Us newbies had no idea what to do. Then the "commence shopping" call was made and people started digging like crazy - I've never seen anything like it. It's worth going, just for that experience!
So I spent $13 and came away with some great stuff - a GAP swimsuit with the tags still on, a couple of other things with tags still on, a couple pair of shoes for my girls, some vintage wall art, lots of tshirts for repurposing, a few shirts for myself, etc. I bet I had about 20 pieces of clothing.
THEN, the next week, I went back with Trevor's mom and a couple of sister-in-laws - - again, so fun!
Check out how we just wheeled our cart onto the giant scale - now that's easy!
Our total bags:
But I only grabbed a few things this time - - several GAP kids shirts, GAP graphic tee for myself, pjs, a swimsuit coverup, and the cutest 4T red peacoat - along with a headband and snaps. Any guesses on what this haul set me back??
So I went back again - I can't stay away! I found lots of goodies this time around - tons of clothes, a hard case vintage suitcase and a soft case floral suitcase (I'm thinking this will hold all my girls' doll clothes), a sleeping bag, some awesome light camel boots and some emerald flats,a frame, and more - - so what's your guess on the price of this cartload???
Grand total for pile above: $13.25 - so great!!
Anyone else had experience with a Goodwill Outlet??