Why you need to shop at Goodwill Outlet! Right now! I’m assuming if you’re reading this post you like to make things which means you probably have a craft stash. I tend to accumulate “stuff” that I can use as needed and I’m always taken aback by the price when I have to actually buy something specific from the store. Which is why I love thrift stores! But sometimes it’s hard to find craft supplies at thrift shops, and often even when you do its priced irrationally. Which is why Goodwill Outlet is so fun – you pay by the pound so things like sewing notions are dirt cheap! It’s also a great spot to get garments for upcycling.
I acknowledge these pictures are not awesome. I have been meaning to write this post taking pretty pictures of shopping hauls, but every time I forget and it gets toted downstairs or redistributed by my toddler son before I get a chance to bust out the DSLR. Please forgive me!
Already convinced? Find out if you have a local Goodwill outlet with their store locator! If you love shopping secondhand for the environmental aspect in addition to saving money, check out this post about upcycling/recycling toys too! If you’ve never been before and are feeling overwhelmed, check out my tips for shopping to upcycle before you go.
This is what a Goodwill Outlet looks like! Lots of bins. This is where stuff goes when it isn’t sold in Goodwill stores after a certain amount of time. The bins are changed out throughout the day, with a warning given before over the loudspeaker. You fill your cart, wheel it onto a scale, and pay per pound. There are often larger items up by the front priced separately (like tables, chairs, gigantic picture frames).
It can be chaotic! There are lots of folks who make a full-time living “picking” and reselling on Ebay (it’s fascinating, really, I dabbled in it during a year of ‘creative’ employment in between jobs) and they come prepared with gloves and pointy elbows. I take my son with a snack and he is amused to choose one thing out (he changes his mind as we travel and has to weigh his options) but if he were too big to fit in the cart I think I’d wait until I could go alone!
Let me be clear, you have to like digging. Stuff is THROWN in and around by other shoppers. I love digging! It’s so fun to catch the corner of a sewing pattern and dig around deeper to find a ton of notions.
Obviously every outlet is going to be different, and every day (or even morning to afternoon!) is completely different. With that being said, I’ve been many times and never left without seeing (or buying) craft/sewing supplies like markers, stickers, stencils, fabric, and bias tape.
I am most excited about this giant white board – it would be perfect as a brainstorming board in my sewing room! Alas, it is an unfinished space with insulation for walls. So it will be a drawing board in the playroom. So many stickers, stencils, and play-doh toys. The vintage purse notions are intriguing, I need to do more research on how they’re used.
This next picture is going to make some of you cringe. So much plastic! I’m saving the duplos for when baby2 shows up and I split the little people with a friend. Those trains get daily attention! I’m planning on making a fun fabric bag for the laundry cart frame so it can hold my scraps.
I also stocked up on knit shirts for upcycling, can’t beat paying for clothes by the pound!
Are you convinced yet? Most people I mention it to say that they’ve never heard of them – and they’re not in all areas. I’d love to hear what you’ve scored, if you go!