My husband and I have a new-found fascination with shopping. But its neither at the mall nor on-line. We LOVE shopping at Goodwill. And now its become a contest to see who can find the best deal.
I must admit I have a strong aversion to shopping malls and rummage sales alike. Something about the crowds and the clutter and the piles upon piles of stuff that make we want to run in the opposite direction as fast as possible.
But, Goodwill is a real treasure trove. Rather than unwanted items adding to a landfill, they are donated and re-used. Beyond reducing trash, Goodwill creates jobs.
This comes straight from the Goodwill.org website:
"Goodwill diverts more than two billion pounds of clothing and household goods every year from landfills by recovering the value in people’s unwanted material goods. In the process, we create job-training opportunities as well as entry-level and skilled green-collar jobs for people in need of work."
Similar to a department store, items at Goodwill are organized, or at least grouped in a specified zone. I always take time to peruse the books, picture frames, and furniture. My husband prefers the men's clothing section and frequently comes home with SIX pairs of like-new pants for less than $20 total. On my most recently shopping trip, I picked up a stainless steel Green Canteen water bottle for 99 cents. A comparable water bottle sells at Target for $12.99.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, why not stop by your local Goodwill? You may be surprised by what you find. Not to mention, you'll be practicing smart spending and environmentally-friendly consumerism.
Visit http://www.goodwill.org/ to find a Goodwill store near you.