3rd Annual Goodwill Smackdown Challenge

goodwill smackdownHey thrifty friends! We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Goodwill Smackdown Challenge!

Here's how it all started:

A couple years ago, our man Charlie had the brilliant idea of holding a thrift store challenge where each participate (three thrifty guys and a thrifty gal), would purchase a “valuable” item at their local Goodwill store which they believed might turn a profit. The person with the highest profit would end up winning the Challenge.

Here's how this year's contest will go down:

  • Each participate (Charlie, Laurie and Aaron) will have the option of purchasing 3 items. One in clothing, one in households and another in one other category.
  • Must list the items for sale on Craigslist or Ebay.
  • The highest percentage of profit, wins (of the 3 products)
  • Basically, this is thrift store flipping. Participants have from today (9/9) til Wednesday, September 23.September 30. We'll list all of our items and what they sold for the following week. The winner of the Challenge will get everyone's profits to donate to their charity of choice.

Feel free to follow along yourself – and participate! We'd love to know if you take up the challenge as well and what your highest profit item was (feel free to post your results on Twitter by mentioning – @3thriftyguys)

What's in it for you?

We are giving away a $50 gift card to Goodwill to one random commenter on any Goodwill Smackdown post. Must comment by 9/25 10/2 at midnight (CST) to be entered. Sorry, US residents only. If you don't have a nearby Goodwill store, we can provide another gift card of your choice.

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  1. My husband and I like to look for treasures at thrift stores, and we do occasionally resell. But the search is the fun part. :) Good luck!

  2. Goodwill thrift stores are a lifesaver in my life..great way to save money in my budget. These thrifty flips are so creative & neat.
    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  3. What do you think of donating a portion of the profit back to goodwill or other charity that works with the poor?

    • Hi Ginger – Yes, this is exactly what we plan to do. Thx

      • That is amazing!

  4. My wife always seems to find the designer stuff for like a dollar at goodwill. It’s crazy

  5. Awesome idea! I can’t wait to see what you find. Goodwill is fun. Don’t let me go there… I can easily spend some cash in that place!

  6. We love our local Goodwill, found a full set of golf clubs for my 13 year old to use in Special Olympics for just $1 per club!

  7. I’m looking forward to this year’s challenge. They are always fun to read. :)

  8. Can’t wait to see what Items all of you try to flip and how well you do!

  9. I love goodwill/thrift stores. It’s hard to find good things to flip…I like seeing how you all do!

  10. Sounds like fun! Fingers crossed to win. Goodwill is the way to shop, for our large family. Kids grow out of clothes so quickly.

  11. One time I bought a pair of pants at the Goodwill, brought them home, washed them and when I put them on, I found $30 in the pocket!! Yay!
    … (Macklemore couldn’t sing it better..) I wear your grandma’s clothes… I look incredible.. I’m in this cute old coat.. from the thrift store down the road….

  12. I truly think this is Fantastic I always found the greatest items @ goodwill!! My favorite store is in Utah and stop there every year on Vacation!! Thank you for this opportunity!!

  13. Let the games begin! :)

  14. I love Threethriftyguys and goodwill

  15. I just furnished a college apartment with Goodwill purchases. Can’t wait to see what happens with the smackdown this time around.

    • @Petra – that’s awesome! Feel free to tag us on Twitter (@GoodwillMN) or Instagram (@GoodwillMinnesota) with your Goodwill finds as well! We’d love to see them. Enjoy!

  16. sounds like fun!!! I’ve done this with friends many times!

  17. This will be fun to watch, especially for the tips. Hope to win and put the $50 gc to similar use. Thanks for the chance.

  18. These folks are smart. Can’t wait to see the winner. I can only get my clothes from there now, a bit of a ruff time and trust me there are clothes with the tags still on

  19. So many great deals to be found at Goodwill! It will be fun to watch for the winner!

  20. Great idea! The Goodwill stores are like gold mines! Good luck and I’ll be watching to see who emerges the winner!!!!

  21. Goodwill shopping well please count me in.Thank-you.

  22. This actually sounds like fun and an awesome idea for a reality game show. Anyhow, you cant win if you don’t participate.

  23. Fun! I love seeing frugality, and this shows great creativity too.

  24. I look forward to this series each year! I enjoy thrift shop flipping as well, it’s a fun (and rewarding) hobby.

  25. Looking forward to seeing what happens this year! You just never know what will sell these days!

  26. I love the goodwill pajama & shirt deals.

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