I found a new favorite store this weekend to save money – lots of it. I am probably late to this particular frugal spending strategy compared to many of you but better late than never for me!
I regularly drop my unwanted clothes and other items off at Goodwill donation centers. Recently, these have been clothes that were in very good condition but were too big for me because of all of the weight I lost. Conversely, I needed a couple of pairs of pants that were suitable for the office and that actually fit my reduced size waist. I thought that if the clothes I dropped off were good enough for me (except for the size), clothing donated by others should also be good enough for me. I was also looking for a pullover sweater that was lightweight, not bulky, and suitable for layering under a jacket for our cruise to Alaska.
So off I went to the nearest Goodwill store, not knowing what to expect.
Almost immediately, I was impressed with the quantity and diversity of men’s clothing that was available. Even more impressive was the organized manner in which the clothing was presented to make shopping easy. It was easier to find stuff in the Goodwill store than in a Kohl’s or Steinmart, where clothes tend to be grouped together by brand, etc.
My next positive reaction was the prices.
All of the pants were priced the same – $5.99. The shirts (including pullover sweaters) were priced at $4.99. I found two pair of suitable office slacks in my size (I tried them on in the store) plus a light sweater (the perfect “packing light” weight for the cruise) and paid $15.00 total. There is no sales tax in Tennessee on used clothing, so that saved me another 9.25%. The cashier was nice enough to ask me if I was entitled to any discounts. I asked if being age 62 earned me a discount. Yep- 10%. I also understand that Goodwill has special sale days for even greater senior discounts.
I think it helped that this particular Goodwill store is centrally located within a relatively affluent community. This no doubt elevates the quality of the clothing that gets donated. I didn’t feel that I was shopping in a second-hand Dollar General or Walmart. Plus, my clothing money goes to a good cause.
This fall I will probably be looking for a “new” sport coat. I saw many yesterday at the Goodwill store so I definitely will be going back.
Do any of you shop at the Goodwill Store?