Recently, a Goodwill Store opened in the Industrial Park in Bellmawr, NJ. Been there, done that you say? Not like this! This Goodwill is not filled with racks and racks of clothes or shelves of housewares. This store is filled with wheeled bins, roughly 10 feet long, grouped in rows, and containing all sorts of treasures. And the best part is that approximately every two hours, a section of those bins is exchanged for different bins, also filled with thrift store treasure! And oh yes, everyone must line up and wait while the bins are changed so no one has an unfair advantage!
Here's the best way to prepare for this trip: dress comfortably, wear comfortable shoes, wear something with pockets for your phone and money and anything else you need, lock your pocketbook in the trunk and bring plastic or latex gloves. Next grab a cart and then start with bin number one. Mixed in each bin is an assortment of items from clothing to housewares, electronics to toys. Often a bin will contain one type of item such as books, but not always. Many times, a bin will contain CD's, clothing, toys, glassware, plates, junk, games, puzzles, etc. all mixed in together. You must carefully sift through, grab what you think you might want and put it in your cart to decide about later. Load the cart to the top and then take a break while you go through your items and decide "stay" or "go". Meanwhile, the bins are being changed and it starts all over again! It's an addiction so be prepared to spend several hours there.
So who shops at this Goodwill? You will find all sorts of people there, some driving expensive cars, some looking like they live in their cars. There will be an assortment of languages, ages, and genders. Some people are buying to resell, some are sending to their country to fill a variety of needs there. There will be little old ladies, techies, children, moms, and your general thrift store shoppers. There will be recyclers and frugal living shoppers. You will find designer labels and K-Mart labels. Items will be new with tags or so old that they need to head for the trash bin. If you are lucky, you might find a lap top in excellent condition or a tablet or two. You will see shoes in every condition and books galore. Antiques? Out of print books? Of course!
So what does all this cost? Just .99 per pound. That's right, you pay by the pound. Books are .25 each, no matter the size, shoes are 1.49 per pound and glassware is .49 per pound, weighed separately. All else is weighed together as you roll your cart onto the scale. You can walk away with bags filled for under ten dollars!