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Saturday I took a little time for myself, by myself. I recently found out that Goodwill has bin stores. The closest one to me is about 1 & 1/2 hours away in Asheville, N.C.
After items have been in the regular Goodwill stores for a certain amount if time without selling they are sent to the outlets (bins stores). This is their final stop before the landfill. Items are put in large rolling bins and people just dig through them looking for treasures. Items are priced by the pound. $1.49 per pound for clothing and household items, $0.89/lb. for books, $0.49/lb for electronics. Furniture is priced as marked.
Several times during the day the employees change out the bins, a few at a time, with fresh junk. There are rules, though. Customers have to step back and chill until the bins are back in place with the wheels locked. Then everyone can dive in. There is a surprising amount of ‘new with tags’ stuff. There is also a lot of broken junk. You just have to dig for your treasures.
Personally, I happen to enjoy the hunt. I arrived when the store opened at 10:00 a.m. and walked out at 1:00 p.m. Three hours!! And they flew by. I was mainly looking for things to resell but I found a few things for myself, too. I got several brand name items such as: Columbia, Coleman, Land’s End, Victoria’s Secret, The Children’s Place, & Calvin Klein. Some are like new and a few need some elbow grease. I will get everything cleaned up and listed ASAP.
If you get a chance you should check it out. Thanks for reading. 😉
- Bring gloves! You will be touching a lot of stuff that has been touched by a lot of people.
- Bring a mask. They are currently required.
- Bring batteries. This is so you can check that battery operated items work.
- They have outlets to try out the electrical items. Do this before you buy so you don’t waste money.
- Bring a truck if you are looking for furniture. The furniture prices are incredibly low.