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Columbia’s biggest rummage sale is at the Goodwill Distribution Center

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Columbia’s biggest rummage sale is at the Goodwill Distribution Center 1008 Meeting Street. It's only a few minutes from downtown, and not far from West Columbia and Lexington Medical Center. There’s no need for rummage sale lovers to wait anxiously for church or organization sales when they can find one virtually every day!

The Goodwill Distribution Center is where clothing, shoes and household goods are sorted to be sent to Goodwill Thrift Stores for sale. It’s huge, with table after table filled with an array of clothing for men, women and children, literally hundreds (maybe thousands) of pair of shoes and boots, nightgowns and pajamas, jeans and pants, bedding, toys, knick knacks and household goods. There are even some brand new videos and CD’s.

In the video you'll see an Andy Warhol drawing bought for $5 that could fetch nearly $2 million. Whenever you to to thrift stores or rummage sales, it's a good idea to take along your smart phone to check artists' signatures, unfamiliar designer names and logos.

Apparel is not sorted by size or type, so be prepared to spend some time looking through pile after pile for hidden treasures. There are a few pieces with new store tags still attached, while others are obviously used and some are stained, faded or torn.

A gorgeous floral print quilt that looked nearly new surely found a home with someone who has a double bed. Likewise, a black net tutu was adopted by a lucky little girl in dance class. A sequined red tank in like-new surely found a new owner, as did a multi-color oversize woven tote with leather straps.

A few choice pieces are shown in the photo: a Covington aqua blouse, a Croft & Barrow bright striped v-neck tee, a Liz Claiborne shoulder bag with three zipper pockets and a cell phone case, a pair of Land’s End soft black suede loafers and a navy faux snakeskin belt with a gold-tine buckle.

Items at the Goodwill Distribution Center are purchased by the pound, making lightweight items very reasonable and heavy items more expensive. At $1.29 per pound, you can get several tanks, camis, tees, blouses, scarves or lingerie for $1.29. If you choose shoes, boots, handbags or heavy weight apparel (denim and twill pants, jackets, hoodies, coats), the price will be higher. The items listed weighed two pounds, making the total spend about $2.75.

The distribution center is spacious, with plenty of room to push small bins around to fill. It is clean and well lit, with plenty of free off-street parking. Many people were shopping for bargains, but there was no crowding or waiting in line.

Anyone who loves a rummage sale is sure to enjoy visiting. Plan to spend several hours if you want a chance to see much. It takes a lot of picking and digging, but unearthing fashion finds you can use is worth it.

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~

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