Sales jump at Goodwill stores as non-...

Sales jump at Goodwill stores as non-profit takes commercial ap...

There are 33 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 20, 2009, titled Sales jump at Goodwill stores as non-profit takes commercial ap.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Caitlin Dreger loves Anne Klein scarves and Coach handbags. But her budget doesn't allow it.

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Chicago, IL

#21 Feb 20, 2009
For teens there is a resale store called Platos Closet in Schaumburg.
WINGS in Palatine. I got my daughter
3 Areopostale polo shirts there for $4 each, I do shop at Target etc. but the areo tees are acutally "heavier" cotton and looks acutally better. Are people talking about the thrift stoe in elgin across from old santa's village? that place has 1/2 off days and like one person said, be aware of stain/rips etc. only store credit.
The place gets thier stuff from reg. donations, but also-church rummage sale left overs, estate home sales.

Clearwater, FL

#22 Feb 20, 2009
Lillies Mom wrote:
I just purchased a Coach purse at Goodwill for 6.99 and am very proud to tell everyone that I did so.
Good for you! I have purchased many a Coach over the years for both my daughters and myself; have never paid full price as some were purchased in their May outlet store sales. But most have been purchased in thrift stores. I always call the Jacksonville, FL Coach factory toll free number giving them the "Coach manufacture number" and they tell me the year, model name, and original price of each purse. I enjoy the hunt! You learn to be selective and a smart shopper in the thrift stores; my favorite is Salvation Army boutiques!

Arlington Heights, IL

#23 Feb 20, 2009
GW Junkie

Greendale, WI

#24 Feb 21, 2009
Me and my friends love going to goodwill. We find so many great deals. We shop a lot of goodwills in the area but love the Bartlett store the best.

Brookville, IN

#25 Feb 25, 2009
The last time I went into a Goodwill looking for something 'cheap.' I felt the priced were way overpriced. I could go to a Walmart, Target or Kohls to find clothes for my kids for $5. In my experience, you have to hit the sale racks at Goodwill to really get a deal.

Mesa, AZ

#26 Feb 28, 2009
While both organizations help folks with the proceeds, Salvation Army shrift stores are priced with very low income families in mind. Good Will is a lot more expensive.
kentucky woman

Pikeville, KY

#27 Mar 7, 2009
Our local goodwill employees save everything for their friends. When they come into the store, they bring out the buggies of goodies for them to go through. I saw 1 woman today get 3 buggies to go through. I know 2 women that they do this for. When the store first opened it was a great place for bargains. Now it is impossible to get any glass item or toys. I will no longer donate to them because of this.
Salvation army

Holliston, MA

#28 Mar 9, 2009
The other day we went to a Salvation Army store in Western Mass and there was a kind of beat up old dining room set for $750.00....kind of pricey for people out of work or poor people. I was kind of disappointed that the salvation army would put a price like that in a store that caters to the down and out.

Mesa, AZ

#29 Mar 9, 2009
kentucky woman wrote:
Our local goodwill employees save everything for their friends.
Report them to the manager. Maybe s/he is aware; maybe not. You will find out if you say something. Perhaps the manager would want to know.

Mesa, AZ

#30 Mar 9, 2009
Salvation army wrote:
...old dining room set for $750.00...
If your SA mark price with low tech pen and paper, I would suspect mistake in this case. Maybe the price was $75.00 and was marked wrong? You could ask the manager if you were interested in buying.
Salvation army

Framingham, MA

#31 Mar 10, 2009
No it said $750.00 other people were remarking about it too. And shaking their heads.
kentucky woman

Pikeville, KY

#32 Mar 11, 2009
My local goodwill is not in Pikeville, I see we are being tracked. I was back in store today. 1 of the women was there again. Same old story.
kentucky woman

Pikeville, KY

#33 Mar 11, 2009
My internet provider is in Pikeville. I personally think that Goodwill should have secret shoppers too. I don't mind someone else getting a good deal. But I would like a level playing field.

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