Thursday, February 5, 2009

If I Can Clean It Up,I'm Good(will) With It


Our town has a "new" Goodwill. It is literaly across the street from where it was before. It's cleaner, brighter, and just smells better. (my sniffer works well) We live in town now, so I can take a minute out of my day and run in to see whats new. I'm all about a bargin. I have NO problem buying something used, second hand, third of fourth hand for that matter. If I can clean it up (no surprise to you right), and use it, I'm good(will) with it.

I just don't understand who prices the things that come into their store. Sometimes heads whip around in my direction because I can be heard saying, "Are You Serious!"

Now I'm not talking to anyone imparticular. Just myself. (yes, I do that too), but really. $39.oo for very damaged, fake wood bench that I wouldn't pay more than $5.oo for at a lawn sale. And that was one of the many, many, many, over priced items I saw this morning.

Rev. Edgar Helms (founder)Please don't get me wrong. I really do love G.W. I appreciate the history behind the industry, and am glad they employ many who otherwise would not have a job.

But, SERIOUSLY, get with the pricing program folks. Why would anyone purchase something very used at a price they could by it new at Wal-Mart? It's Goodwill remember?

I didn't leave G.W. empty handed. Even after all my complaining. See that cute laundry hamper at the top of the post. Yeah, Goodwill.

Hugs from Maine

13 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Very cute. I'm with you. Whenever I go into someplace that has second hand things or even a garage sale, I feel the need to remind the people working there that "This is the second hand place...USED stuff, right?" What's up with that??? Good post. Link it to Goodwill, see what they say!!!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I does seem like they would have a better system for pricing. I've noticed the crazy tags on some things.

Margo said...

I fixed it! I was the first one to subscribe and it only shows 18 followers...now you have 19, so I was no longer showing up! Anyway, I un-followed and followed again, so there I am!! And, I totally agree with the Goodwill thing! Where did they move? Where is TJ Max? It's amazing how much new business is there in just 2 years!

The Inept Aspirant said...

My aunt used to work for them and she said some things that disturbed me such as: the employees get first dibs on everything that comes in..and the employees decide what the price will be based on their own (sometimes faulty) logic..also, only about ten percent of the profits actually go to charity...don't know for sure if that's true but if it is that's pretty sad.

The Inept Aspirant said...

oh, and I love the black damask laundry hamper. I would have bought that, too!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

I love Goodwill! But yes, I have been known not to buy something bc the price was too high. I think sometimes they mark the price up just bc they think it's valuable.

Love the hamper!

lifeinredshoes said...

Hi, thanks for the comment, and, I also love commas.

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Tracey said...

Hi, I found your post through "Enchanted Cottage",,,I live in Maine too and am new to blogging.. i love your recent post on Goodwill.. I was there yesterday too and felt the same way. I have a hard time paying all those 4.99 prices, when they really could be at a cheaper price. And I saw a cake stand yesterday for ,,, 24.99!! I found one in an antique store for 12.99 and it was prettier and more detailed... I'll be back.. blessings to you.

Kathleen said...

Good Morning Lisa.....I see you have met my sister in Sabattus, Tracey. We both posted there just a few minutes apart. She's a hoot! I agree with you and Goodwill. What are those folks thinking when they price those items? THey must be in la la land. The thrift store in my town, small that it may be, charges $1.00 for clothing. Books are 10 cents, it's a real deal going there. I love Good will, too, and they do great work, but come on, let's get serious. LOve your laundry hamper, so chic! I can't wait for yard sales to start, Have a great Friday! Hugs, XO Kathleen

Kate said...

(sigh) I have to take a trip to Goodwill soon. Not to buy, but to drop off. I suppose that would require actually sorting and cleaning things first--which I have only 3 weeks left to do before moving! ahh!

Good old Goodwill :)

Tonya said...

I am right there with you about Goodwill! Ours can be way overpriced...ours gets a lot of damaged stuff from target, and they must think it is gold cause they price it out of this world. Like I am going to pay that when it is either damaged or missing a piece, but if it was a few bucks I might take a chance. It's silly how it all piles up, I keep thinking they can't keep it forever, maybe they'll just sell it all for a few bucks one day to get rid of it..hope I am there that day! (-:

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