Yesterday I shared some tips on how to make the most outta your Goodwill experience. And I am so glad that you liked the tips I shared and I L.O.V.E.D. it when shared some of your own – so thanks everyone!
Here were some of my other favorite tips (in case you missed the comments):
They also offer senior discounts & sometimes promote deals through colored tags. And always double check about the return policy…especially for electronics, furniture and clothing.
Here is the link to the goodwill site – you can score great stuff online – but beware, there are additional shipping costs as well as some restrictions on bulky items!
Thanks for these great tips – and here is the list of Goodwill outlet locations. Go check to see if you have a nearby one in your area! Looks like Georgia is flat outta luck 🙁
And remember – everybody’s experience is different based on different styles, needs and times you visit your local thrift stores. So shop often and maybe you can turn your frown of a Goodwill venture into a smile.
Now onto answering some thrifty questions that you may have missed reading –
TOPIC – NEGOTIATING DISCOUNTS
Sam said – “I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, but I never write. Shame on me! First, congrats on baby Bower!! I have two litlle boys, and they are a blast! Second, I work from home so thank you for providing some sanity to my day!! Third, to my point….sorry. Can you negotiate a price at goodwill?! I never have, and didn’t know. I have been eyeing a desk for my little one, but the price seems crazy in the goodwill world and beyond. It needs work- more than a paint job! Just thought I would ask. Thanks!!!”
TOPIC – PICKING AND CHOOSING
Kate writes – “Love this post! I don’t necessarily struggle in seeing how something will look in another space or how it can be improved with a little paint, etc. My problem is not being sure what items I should buy and what I shouldn’t. I try to be a minimalist and only buy things that have function, but I also like decorating. However, I don’t want to fill my home with lots of odds and ends or store a lot of decorative items I’m just going to forget about. Have any suggestions for my problem? Or am I on my own here?
And my reply is no way are you alone Kate. That is a problem for all of us…regardless of our personal styles. I am not a minimalist but I find that I will focus on purchasing only things that I can work into my ‘project room’…aka the space that I am currently working on. Right now I am trying to gather things to decorate a guest room…so I only purchase items that will be placed in that room, replacing something for that room, or gifted to someone I love. Dishware is an exception…I can’t help but buy it. Maybe focusing on a specific room or rooms at a time will help you….jot down what you would need before you go then stick to your list. It can be vague like “guest dresser decor” or “dining room art” but if it’s not on the list prior to shopping, well, we can cry together 🙂
Wheew! And now stay tuned for tomorrow….when I share what I actually bought…I should just dub this “Like totally Goodwill week!”….whattaya say?