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GOODWILL To Open New Store in Williamsburg VA

goodwill williamsburg va We live in expensive times. As prices go up and up and up even the normal discount stores are starting to feel a little pricey. For many of your basic household needs, you might well find a better deal at thrift stores . Think of them as permanent garage sales. You have to visit two or three locations to find your treasure, but when you do, it costs a quarter. Thrift stores are gaining ground as fashionable shopping options, branching out to new bargain seekers who previously shunned resale stores.

Now Williamsburg VA thrift shoppers will finally have a Goodwill store to peruse.

A new Goodwill retail store will have shoppers scurrying for bargains and fashions when it opens its doors on Thursday, June 24th at 8:50 a.m. at 1260 Richmond Road in the Williamsburg Shopping Center at the corner of Monticello and Richmond Roads.  

This 13,000+ square foot store, Goodwill’s first in Williamsburg, will have everything from fashions for the whole family, electronics, refurbished computer equipment, toys, books, house wares, furniture, and unique home accents. Store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Goodwill attendants will gratefully accept your donations of gently used items during these hours at the donation drop-off center, next to the store. Donors can take over-sized items to the donation drop-off door at the back of the building, as well.
The first 100 shoppers to arrive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, will receive a special prize that’s different each day! Don’t miss the great deals and giveaways.

Goodwill’s ten stores in Hampton Roads and outlet in Virginia Beach generate revenue to fund Goodwill’s job skills training and career development programs throughout Hampton Roads. Goodwill also operates a Community Employment Center in Portsmouth, where 200+ job seekers are helped every month. Last year, we transformed gently used clothing and other items into career development and support services for over 22,000 individuals in our region.  Visit www.goodwillvirginia.org to learn more.

 

People shop at thrift stores for any number of reasons. Some are, as you’d imagine, poor parents and their families just trying to stretch their budget to cover all their needs; others, like the designer, are hobbyists seeking overlooked antiques and collectibles; still others make a business out of sorting through the records, books, and other stuff to find resalable goods; college kids seek out retro fashions and kitschy house wares; retirees seek out companionship and memories of past days; and so on. “Thrifting” is fun and it’s cheap — and it’s also a good deed, providing funds for various charities as well as keeping perfectly usable goods out of landfills and incinerators to provide a few more years of service.

If you’re new to thrifting, here’s a few pointers to help you make the most of a visit to a thrift store near you.

  • Be nice. The people who work in thrift stores are, as you can imagine, not usually paid very well. They may not be paid at all, as many thrift stores provide vocational training or rehabilitation services to people on some form of state aid. So be nice to them, just because it’s the right thing to do. If you frequent a particular thrift shop, you may even find that making yourself known and building relationships with the employees pays off with more than just good karma — if you have particular interests or needs, employees will often pull aside things that might interest you, or hold them behind the counter until you can get to the bank to pull out money.
  • Do the circuit. Thrift stores tend to cluster together. Make a day of visiting all the shops in an area. Since each of the major charities that runs thrift stores tends to appeal to a different kind of donor, each store will have a slightly different kind of stock, so take the grand tour and take it all in.
  • Know your charity. Some thrift stores are run for profit, so this doesn’t apply to them; for the rest, knowing who sponsors the store might provide valuable insight into what you’ll find there — or incentive to patronize (or not patronize) specific stores. Contrary to popular belief, most thrift stores do not exist to provide cheap goods for the poor — they exist to raise money to support their organization’s missions. Here’s what a few of the major thrift store operators support:

  1. Goodwill Industries: Fund Goodwill’s job skills training and career development programs throughout Hampton Roads..
  2. CHKD– Sales from all CHKD Thrift Stores benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
  3. DAV– Disabled American Veterans has been dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families

 Give back. Don’t forget to drop off the things you no longer use or need when you’re at the thrift store! Most of us have a pile of stuff to give away “someday” — old clothes, an unused piece of furniture, a box of books pulled from the shelf to make more room. When you’re heading to the thrift store, pack it up and take it with you.

  • Don’t be afraid to leave empty-handed. Thrifting isn’t like other shopping, where you go in with a list of what you want, get it, and go. Thrifting is a scavenger hunt, where you can hope and dream about the Ultimate Bargain but have to expect not to find it. Half the fun is in the looking — and in thinking up goofy uses for the unidentifiable products that someone, somewhere, once thought fit to spend good money on.

Thrifting is obviously not the most efficient or productive way to shop, so think of it as part of your leisure activities (with occasional payoffs) — the time you spend hopping from store to store is what you do next action lists, priority quadrants, and time tracking to make time for. Take a day your next free weekend to explore the thrift stores in your area and see what you come up with.

What’s your favorite thrift store in the area ? Please share your comments below !

Locations of Thrift Stores in Williamsburg VA

2 Responses

  1. Mr. Williamsburg,

    THANK YOU so much for letting your readers know about our Williamsburg store opening on June 24th. We are thrilled to be opening our first store in Williamsburg! Also, I think the “how to” information you shared about “thrifting” is very helpful.

    One clarification for Goodwill — We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service in our stores. We are fortunate to have frequent shoppers and donors who our store associates get to know well.

    Something we cannot do, however, is set aside/hold merchandise for shoppers. We happily and often point our frequent shoppers to newly donated items on the sales floor that we know they’d love, but setting aside merchandise is something we cannot do.

    I just wanted to clarify this for your readers so they would not be disappointed if they ask for something to be held or set aside at a Goodwill store.

    Thanks again for you tremendous support of our mission by promoting the opening of our Williamsburg store!

    Ellen Thornhill, Communications Manager, Goodwill

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