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Goodwill Industries International, Inc. also simply known as Goodwill is your source for donating clothing and household items as well as making purchases. You may have likely donated from Goodwill or purchased from them in the past in the U.S. or in Canada.
What you may not have know is that Goodwill is not only accepts donations and is a second-hand retailer, but Goodwill also offers job training, employment placement services and other community programs funded by selling second-hand goods.
I stumbled upon ShopGoodwill.com earlier this year and though I have not made a purchase yet, I love the concept and am constantly watching for “rare” items that one might only find second-hand. I’m specifically looking for furniture and electronics, though I may have an upcoming need for specific clothing.
ShopGoodwill.com is is the first Internet auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. Goodwill of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA) operates the site and participating Goodwill’s from across the country offer for items for auction on the site from their inventories of donated goods.
Categories of items available for auction include, but are not limited to:
- Bath & Body
- Home goods
- Musical Instruments
There are no fees. (See the bidding agreement for further details). Some items are only available for local pickup, whereas other items are available to be shipped, for which you will be responsible for shipping costs.
It’s a neat service for someone who is seeking out an unusual item, a serious deal, an antique or even every day items.
Not all Goodwill locations participate. If you find that your local Goodwill does not participate, you might ask them what it would take to get them to do so.