Tips for shopping at Goodwill and Salvation Army

charlie avatarEveryone knows thrift stores have great deals. Thrift stores, like Goodwill and Salvation Army, regularly run tag sales or half off days. However, did you know that they regularly run sales for 99 cent items or half off days? At our local Goodwilll, I have had luck finding clothes for myself, kids clothes, puzzles and games, books, etc. Typically the best time to shop at goodwill is after a major holiday or after the first of the year (New Year's resolutions and making room for Christmas clothes). Around the holiday's people also generally have more time to purge their homes of unwanted goods that you can pick up at great prices. At my local goodwill they price the majority of their adult clothes at $3.59, which includes jackets, sweaters, and dress paints, which cost anywhere from $35 – $80 retail. That is a 90%+ savings you are pocketing for stuff that is barely used.

Here are a few helpful links I found for helping you shop at thrifty store.

If you are looking for a thrifty store near you then check out these locator links:

  • Goodwill Store Locator
  • Salvation Army – upper right “Location” search
  • Google Maps – type in your Town, State, and keyword “thrift stores” – Example:  Minneapolis, MN, thrift stores

Hope these tips are good reminders of how and when to shop on the cheap for stuff at dramatically lower prices and thus putting $$'s back in your pocket. Where else do you shop to find discounted goods?

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  1. fyi, the link to “How to shop at Goodwill” isn’t working.

    • Thanks Sheila. We got er fixed.

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