How To Shop Goodwill Outlet Store

 

If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love to thrift. I discovered a few months ago about the Goodwill Columbus Outlet store. I have been to the one in Nashville when we lived there and the one in Cincinnati. Shopping at Goodwill Outlet stores is what I like to call an experience. 

When you walk in there is a sign with rules of conduct. I have been to this location twice and everyone has been well behaved. However, I always have my cart close by because sometimes people will shop out of your cart if you just leave it unattended. 

The cost of your items is based on weight. As you can see the pricing noted in the picture below. I love getting my coats from there and so my items are usually a little pricey because coats weight more. My first visit I got 9 items for $29. For my second visit I spent $32 but have yet to go through all my items. I will update this once I go through all my items. 

I am terrified of bed bugs, so all the thrifted items I usually bring back home I toss in the dryer for 20 minutes and then I will sort through what needs to be washed and what needs to be dry-cleaned. 

how to shop goodwill outlet

Each Goodwill Outlet location is going to be different, the only common thing is that all items will be in blue bins. The Goodwill Outlet in Columbus has clothes, toys, books, furniture, toys, and other household items. Its all tossed in the blue bins and you dig. I usually spent approximately 2 hours a visit. The bins are switched out every 15 minutes and there are rules when it comes to the switch. We all stand to the side and then we wait for the employees to tell us to go ahead and start going through the newly rolled out bins.

I asked what kind of items usually ends up at the Outlet and I was told its usually stuff that does not sell at a regular Goodwill store. I think that a lot of these things are things that are overpriced.

A lot of people that are there are people that are sourcing for resale. They either resell online at Poshmark, or have Instagram resell accounts and one lady that I spoke to during one of my visits resells at local second hand stores like Clothes Mentor. Most had been there since opening and were still there after I left. They dig through the bins and wait around for the next batch of bins to come out.

how to shop goodwill outlet

Tips To Shop The Goodwill Outlet Stores

Tip 1 – Wear gloves!!! I cannot stress this enough. You have no idea what you may run into in this bins. My very first trip to an outlet store I did not have gloves nor did I know it was a thing. But don’t fret, there are people in there digging without gloves. So, if you forget your gloves, you won’t be the only one.

Tip 2 – Wear clothing that you can easily try on pieces that you come along especially if you are shopping for yourself. I usually wear a pair of tights and a t-shirt. It makes it easy for to try on my coats, jackets, and skirts. Which are the items I am usually on the hunt for.

Tip 3 – Keep you eyes on your cart. Like I mentioned above, some people will shop out of your cart if you are not careful. I always have my cart right next me when I shop.

Tip 4 – Clear your schedule because the Goodwill Outlet store is unlike any other store. I have to be in the mood for the Outlet store and not have any other plans for the day. I usually spend approximately 2 hours.

Tip 5 – Know the rules! When bins are getting switched out they come around and take away a row of bins, which means you stop shopping out o those bins and then they bring out a fresh set of bins. Ask other shoppers what the rotation schedule is. The Columbus Ohio location is every 15 minutes but some days it may vary. You will notice people sitting around waiting on the bins to be switched out. They usually will hang around in the area that the bins will be coming back. I linger as well and find a spot to park my cart so I can claim a spot as soon as the new bins come out. Do not toss stuff at other people as you dig through, people are very sensitive about their personal space. Also, wait until you get a go ahead to start digging through the bins. If you are aren’t too sure what to do stand back and watch the veterans a few times and then jump in.

Have fun and enjoy the hunt!

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