I had read online about Goodwill Outlet Stores. At first I ignored what I read assuming it was the same as the Goodwill stores that I tend to frequent. The reference kept nagging at me though til I finally researched it. Apparently, the Outlet Stores are very different from the regular stores. And after experiencing one I absolutely want to share what I found.
First you walk in and the place is packed and buzzing with activity. There are no racks or shelves of clothing and items. Everything is in very large bins, lined out throughout the warehouse-like location. You can’t just walk in and check out a certain spot expecting to find something. The merchandise could be anywhere and under anything in the bins. So you need to dig, shuffle, move and practically climb into the bins to see just what treasures are in there. But be prepared – everyone is doing that and you could get trampled. It is definitely not a place to bring children – although there were a couple screaming toddlers there the entire time. The prices are rock bottom. I left with half a cart full of items (40 items) for $14. You can’t just take a couple hours and look through the bins – the bins are rotated constantly. You could be looking through a bin and a worker will come along, pull that bin right out from underneath your fingertips, slide the others down and move a bin from the back room to the rear of the lineup. They could have removed a clothing bin to replace it with a shoe bin. In theory if you spent an entire day there you still would not be done looking through everything in the store – it never stays the same. And when they bring out a new bin – watch out – the customers are like bees on honey and if you aren’t careful you will get stung, BADLY.
The concept is that these items are items that have not been sold at the retail stores. It is a good idea to wear or bring gloves – for example when I was digging through the bins of dishes there was broken glass in every bin. Since I had no idea what to expect I didn’t have gloves but many people did and I know why. I refer to this place as a Goldmine because next time I need to plan properly with the correct vehicle so I can purchase some dirt cheap furniture to refinish. I searched thrift stores for months to locate desks for my kids and they had at least 4 all in one location that would have made great additions to their rooms. You can search online for Goodwill Outlet Store locations but there are not many in the
at all. Although there is one in CT, I don’t think there is another one in United States New England – maybe there is but not within at least 3 hours driving time.
Items are not tagged with prices. Books are sold at a per book price – kids books one price regardless of whether they are hardcover or paperback; adult books a little more for hardcover. CD’s and DVD’s are priced per item. Furniture is tagged with a price – dirt cheap. Everything else is weighed and you pay by the pound. The heavier your purchases, the lower the per pound cost.
If you can get to one and have some time to yourself – I strongly encourage you to check it out.