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Title: Goodwill
Post by: AmesNewington on May 29, 2007, 02:33:18 PM
After stopping at Best Buy with my dad, we headed up to Lowe's on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington. I spotted a sign stating that a Goodwill store is opening in Newington. The sign was on the corner of Costello Road and the Berlin Turnpike in front of Footprints Shoe Store and near Dunkin' Donuts and the T-Bowl center. It looks as if they are building a new building from the ground up on that corner.


Title: Goodwill
Post by: TRU7536 on May 29, 2007, 07:28:15 PM
I saw this to. I was talking to my freind about this. Theirs a buidling in back and looks like its being constructed to. I didn't hear anything about goodwill and I am always on top of everything on the pike!!!!  We will see if their adding on to the other building or making a new one. Bc the land seems to small for a new buidling.


Title: Goodwill
Post by: videogamer75 on July 10, 2008, 09:01:12 PM
I was at goodwill today and caught them using a classic Value City shopping cart....the logos on the side had simple index cards with "Goodwill" written on them with a marker, but the Value City logo was uncovered and clearly visible on the front of the cart. The handle bar had a sticker reading "property of Goodwill" covering the Value City logo.


Title: Goodwill
Post by: videogamer75 on August 03, 2008, 03:11:00 PM
This is the goodwill in Stratford NJ. Former Penn Fruit


Title: Goodwill
Post by: videogamer75 on August 03, 2008, 03:11:20 PM
Stratford NJ


Title: Goodwill
Post by: videogamer75 on August 03, 2008, 03:11:39 PM
Stratford NJ


Title: Goodwill
Post by: Jonah Norason on August 05, 2008, 12:41:26 PM
There's a Goodwill store in my town, that despite the exterior being renovated, inside, is a through and through former Kmart that closed in the mid-90s. The tile is gone, of course, except for the backrooms, and the whole store has this dated, claustrophobic feel to it...


Title: Goodwill
Post by: Mobil on September 28, 2008, 09:36:52 AM
There is a Goodwill in Wilmington, DE, a former A&P.


Title: Goodwill
Post by: ShopKoFan on September 29, 2008, 10:50:44 PM
The Goodwill on West Mason Street in Green Bay, Wisconsin opened inside a former Best Buy store which is located next to Toys "R" Us.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: MikeRa on November 16, 2012, 09:05:16 PM
This is the goodwill in Stratford NJ. Former Penn Fruit
This Goodwill location was never a Penn Fruit location.  It origionally opened as a Food Fair location
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2792/5703383356_d9f7462dc4_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on February 13, 2013, 12:59:06 PM
The one in Southington, CT is in the former Eblen's in the "Queen-Bee Plaza" next to Price Chopper. The Eblen's builoding was built in the mid 90s. Eblen's previously was located across the street and closed in around 2004. According to Easter Seals Goodwill's website the Southington store is 8,100 Square feet and opened in 2006.

The one in Bristol, CT is located in Shoprite Plaza and was Lil' Bob's Discount Furniture - a much smaller version of Bob's Discount Furniture. It was one of 2 other Bob's Discount Furniture locations that closed when they opened a new store in the former AMES in Southington. Before Bob's the location was a drugstore, but I don't remember the name of it. According to Developer's Realty Corporation it is 10,016 Sq Feet.

I like Goodwill, much nicer than the Salvation Army thrift store, though not as nice Savers.

Also it looks like the music video "Thrift Shop" was filmed at a Goodwill. http://youtu.be/QK8mJJJvaes

P.S. I can no longer post pictures on this website. Since September I've been living with my mom and using her laptop. The jacks on her laptop are broken and I can not plug in my digital camera.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on January 25, 2014, 02:41:18 PM
Goodwill opened in New Britain, CT in November 2013 in the former Blockbuster Video in The Columbus Plaza on Columbus BLVD.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: MikeRa on January 26, 2014, 06:57:35 PM
The Goodwill that is near me (Part of Goodwill Keystone PA [which is most of Southern and Central PA except Chester County, Delaware County, and the City of Philadelphia]), in Bensalem, PA is next to a Dollar Tree that used to be Drug Emporium


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: TheFugitive on February 06, 2014, 12:47:35 PM
They have a long-standing location on East Carson Street on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

About fifteen years ago they moved a block up the street, from their long-time location to
a beautiful, brand-new building.  For many years a steel mill was located directly across the
street.  By the time they made this move the mill had been torn down, and that area was an
open field.

Flash forward, and there is now an upscale shopping/office/apartment complex across the
road from Goodwill.  The tenants there are now all complaining that the area is "too upscale
for a Goodwill store" and are pressuring them to move.

I disagree.  Many college students live in the area.
A thrift store is actually a valuable resource to them.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on March 26, 2014, 05:58:26 PM
I wonder if Goodwill in Waterbury, Connecticut does any business. It's in the Lakewood Plaza on the corner of Lakewood Road and Wolcott Street and the only other thing in the plaza is a Planet Fitness. I think the building that houses The Goodwill Store used to be a Staples and a Barnes & Noble. Staples moved to the Naugatuck Valley Shopping Center across Wolcott Street. Barnes & Noble moved to the Brass Mill Commons.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ynkeesfn82 on February 21, 2016, 05:17:27 PM
I wonder if Goodwill in Waterbury, Connecticut does any business. It's in the Lakewood Plaza on the corner of Lakewood Road and Wolcott Street and the only other thing in the plaza is a Planet Fitness. I think the building that houses The Goodwill Store used to be a Staples and a Barnes & Noble. Staples moved to the Naugatuck Valley Shopping Center across Wolcott Street. Barnes & Noble moved to the Brass Mill Commons.

Just got back from visiting friends in Wolcott. She told me that Goodwill is moving into the old Petco on Wolcott Street in Shoprite Plaza, meaning Planet Fitness is the only thing in that plaza.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: buzz86us on February 22, 2016, 04:37:10 PM
I hate how GoodWill opened the door to thrift stores charging more for other people's used junk..Salvation Army used to to pretty cheap..now I go to independent thrift stores same junk at the prices that used to be the norm..


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: Hudsons81 on February 22, 2016, 09:27:42 PM
The Goodwill in Woodhaven, Michigan (part of the Goodwill of Greater Detroit chain) is a ground-up build from 2013.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: danfifepsu on February 24, 2016, 08:14:17 AM
why do the stores have a certain smell inside?


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: Pikapower on April 11, 2016, 05:03:17 PM
why do the stores have a certain smell inside?

It's because some of the stuff that Goodwill sells had been in storage for a long time before they're donated to Goodwill.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ShopKoFan on April 13, 2016, 09:29:14 PM
why do the stores have a certain smell inside?

It's because some of the stuff that Goodwill sells had been in storage for a long time before they're donated to Goodwill.
It's a certain type of "mothball" aroma.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: EddieJ1984 on June 20, 2017, 07:16:33 PM
I gotta say, I've been a fan of thrift stores for a while, I got into records again this year and have found great deals (david bowies diamond dogs for a buck? nice)
Used to be into gettin old video games but the market for those has gotten pricey with not many good deals anymore, like in goodwill (like 4 years ago I found a slim ps1 with 2 controllers and wires for 5 bucks)


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: Pikapower on June 27, 2017, 03:40:11 PM
Is it true that Goodwill stores just throw away their unsold clothes?


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: TheFugitive on June 28, 2017, 08:19:05 AM
Goodwill here in Pittsburgh has some outlet store where they ship all of the unsold
clothing from other locations.  They hold "bag sales" where you pay a dollar or two for
a bag and get to take home everything you are able to stuff into it.

It's in a very inconvenient location on the other side of town,
so I have never been there.

I do see massive cartons of stuff outside the St. Vincent DePaul store
on it's way to the dump.  Stuff they've decided they can't or won't sell for some reason.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: buzz86us on June 28, 2017, 12:35:32 PM
Goodwill is too expensive.. I just go to home-grown thrift stores since the GoodWill and the Salvation Army have gotten too expensive.. $10 for a pair of black khakis i got at the local thrift store for $2.50


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: TheFugitive on June 28, 2017, 12:58:02 PM
Keep in mind that thrift stores run by Goodwill, Salvation Army and
St. Vincent DePaul are trying to raise money for worthwhile causes.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: BillyGr on June 28, 2017, 01:17:40 PM
Although to some degree it does make sense to sell the items for less - since they are being obtained at no cost (donated), any money taken in is better than no money taken in (if the prices are too high and the items sit and don't sell).

Plus there is some point at which the price gets too close to what a similar item can be gotten for at a store new, where people will just go there since they also get a guarantee of getting refunded if the item turns out not to be what they wanted or is not good.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ShopKoFan on June 29, 2017, 02:27:28 PM
I do see massive cartons of stuff outside the St. Vincent DePaul store
on it's way to the dump.  Stuff they've decided they can't or won't sell for some reason.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin location (as well as many other SVDP locations) has stopped that practice, and instead moves their unsold merchandise to the St. Vincent DePaul Dig & Save Outlet.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: buzz86us on July 03, 2017, 07:42:27 PM
Keep in mind that thrift stores run by Goodwill, Salvation Army and
St. Vincent DePaul are trying to raise money for worthwhile causes.
the local thrift store benefits the local city mission


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: retailfan on July 09, 2017, 08:58:19 AM
Although to some degree it does make sense to sell the items for less - since they are being obtained at no cost (donated), any money taken in is better than no money taken in (if the prices are too high and the items sit and don't sell).

Plus there is some point at which the price gets too close to what a similar item can be gotten for at a store new, where people will just go there since they also get a guarantee of getting refunded if the item turns out not to be what they wanted or is not good.

Actually they do have a cost  they have to hire someone who takes in the donations then they have to sort the items  check condition  then price and stock the item on the shelves .so even though no cost for the actual product  probably at least 3 people  have had to handle the products  before they are availaible  to buy.  here in Indiana  Goodwill builds most stores new  and the have a big warehouse type store and outlet stores  where things go for last chance  everything is basicly on tables and you pay by the pound .


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: TheFugitive on July 12, 2017, 02:42:39 PM
Picture of a Goodwill location near me on Banksville Road in Pittsburgh.

(https://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/goodwill1.jpg?w=640&h=360&crop=1)


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: zonemad96 on July 12, 2017, 05:36:23 PM
I'm not a fan of goodwill for a few reasons.

1. They get leftovers that other stores couldn't sell then turn around and jack the price up more that what the other store was trying to sell them for, it's like hello they obviously weren't selling at the other store why would you try and charge more for it.
2. If you are actually broke and can't afford stuff you can usually get it cheaper at a regular retail store in the clearance section and on top of it the item is new instead of being used and half wore out.
3. It stinks, then again I have been in a sears and a jc penny that actually smelt worse so nevermind.

I'm not saying Goodwill is horrible obviously they do a lot of good for people and the community I just think the amount of good they do is vastly exaggerated and their is much better ways of helping the community.


Okay really I'm just upset that I never find anything cool or interesting at my local Goodwill's  :(


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: TheFugitive on October 16, 2017, 11:39:24 AM
There is a new Goodwill store under construction in West Mifflin, PA, just across the
parking lot from what was the Service Merchandise store where I worked in the mid-90's.

This was the site of a Busy Beaver home center which was hastily torn-down after
suffering some sort of catastrophic structural failure.  This is just up the hill from the
Salvation Army Superstore I have posted about previously.

There is plenty of vacant retail space in the area.  The fact that they chose to
build from the ground-up is therefore interesting.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: JJBers on October 16, 2017, 12:16:50 PM
I have only been the Southington Goodwill once...Salvation Army is more popular here.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: Brammy on October 16, 2017, 04:48:56 PM
I have only been the Southington Goodwill once...Salvation Army is more popular here.

3 Salvation Army stores in the Central CT area (maybe more) closed own. New Britain, Bristol, and West Hartford. If I want used books I buy them at Goodwill or Savers.  I don't trust anything except books from those types of stores any more. XMAS 2015 I bought one of my Mom's Christmas presents at Savers and it didn't even survive the car ride home from Bristol to Southington. It was a tiny little rocking chair I bought her for one of her bears. She collects bears.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: JJBers on October 16, 2017, 05:54:23 PM
I have only been the Southington Goodwill once...Salvation Army is more popular here.

3 Salvation Army stores in the Central CT area (maybe more) closed own. New Britain, Bristol, and West Hartford. If I want used books I buy them at Goodwill or Savers.  I don't trust anything except books from those types of stores any more. XMAS 2015 I bought one of my Mom's Christmas presents at Savers and it didn't even survive the car ride home from Bristol to Southington. It was a tiny little rocking chair I bought her for one of her bears. She collects bears.
Same here, I would rather shop at Wal-Mart than at a slavation army. But if I want to find a off-market game for my PS2 or possibly even my SNES, I might go there.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: buzz86us on October 27, 2017, 10:21:19 PM
I'm not a fan of goodwill for a few reasons.

1. They get leftovers that other stores couldn't sell then turn around and jack the price up more that what the other store was trying to sell them for, it's like hello they obviously weren't selling at the other store why would you try and charge more for it.
2. If you are actually broke and can't afford stuff you can usually get it cheaper at a regular retail store in the clearance section and on top of it the item is new instead of being used and half wore out.
3. It stinks, then again I have been in a sears and a jc penny that actually smelt worse so nevermind.

I'm not saying Goodwill is horrible obviously they do a lot of good for people and the community I just think the amount of good they do is vastly exaggerated and their is much better ways of helping the community.


Okay really I'm just upset that I never find anything cool or interesting at my local Goodwill's  :(

Well they always have half off sales on specific days, so i guess that sort of balances it out a tad..


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: ShopKoFan on October 29, 2017, 01:11:43 AM
The Goodwill that is located a few blocks from my apartment in Green Bay, Wisconsin started its life as a BEST Products catalog showroom in 1984, which closed in 1987. It became a Best Buy electronics store in the early 1990s which closed circa 2004. It was a temporary home to a bargain book outlet in 2005. It became a Goodwill store circa 2008.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: TheFugitive on November 20, 2017, 09:52:06 AM
Tried to donate a very solid, very heavy dresser made of REAL wood.
They rejected it because ONE of the drawer pulls was missing.  A wooden
pull that you can find in any hardware store.

So I said the heck with them and decided to keep it.


Title: Re: Goodwill
Post by: retailisking on December 12, 2017, 12:43:03 AM
Goodwill is pulling the plug on their Lewiston, ME store after 50 years
http://www.sunjournal.com/lewiston-goodwill-closing/


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