Goodwill Secret(S) #4 (A MUST SHARE)

Goodwill SecretS….YES, that is SECRETS…..Plural!

Let’s wrap this series up and to do so, I will share a few last awesome secrets about Goodwills!

 I believe this is a secret that you will want to share. You must read to the end and you will see why. We all know someone who can benefit from this secret!

Here is a quick review.

Goodwill Secret #1, we learned about the bell ringing when a new batch is brought out.

Goodwill Secret #2, we learned about the discounts that are offered on certain items and how you find out which ones.

Goodwill Secret #3, we learned how to find the best clothes and new products as soon as you get in the store.

 And now we are to part 4.

Make sure you stick to the end.

Goodwill donation secrets.

When I interviewed the manager about the secrets of Goodwill she took me to where we all drop our donations off. I was unable to take photos in order to protect the privacy of their employees but I wish I could really show you how cool it is in the back. Here are some very important things to know.

*NOTHING goes to waste when donated to Goodwill.

~ I watched employees sort items from donors. Ripped, outdated or broken items are separated and sorted. Shoes, electronics, toys, clothes, everything is separated. Clothes are bundled and compressed and sent to third world countries. Same with most shoes and toys. Electronics are sold for parts. Metal is recycled and same with books. The only thing that Goodwill has not found a way to re-use or re-cycle is the plastics right now. It is given to a re-cycle center but not “cashed” in. All monies are then strictly used for Goodwill’s mission. She stressed to make sure you bring your torn items etc. That they will put them to good use and please do not trash clothes that you think Goodwill could not use. I thought this was very neat. Their back room was spotless and sorting was well-organized. NOTHING goes to waste.

Tax receipts

* Did you know that when you donate to Goodwill you are given a tax receipt and then on the bottom of that tax receipt is a 10% off coupon? I have been donating forever and never even really checked the bottom for my coupon. I will now and will make sure I donate and THEN shop and use my 10% off coupon.

Next secret…….

Discount Secrets

Many of you mentioned how your local Goodwills offer discounts.

Did you know that on Wednesday our states Goodwills offer senior discounts of 25% off? Many of you knew that and so did I but what I didn’t know is that they also offer military, firemen and policemen discounts as well on those days. Hmmmmm…..had no clue about that. Have you asked your local Goodwill about their specials yet?

And lastly but I feel most importantly……..

Have you ever seen this sign at any of your local Goodwills?

This secret is useful, especially in this day and age and let me tell you why.

Do you know someone looking for a job?

Do you know someone with special needs?

Do you know someone who needs to update their resume and feels lost or can’t afford to pay someone to do it?

Do you know someone who would like to work on certain “skills” so that they can fit into the “new” workforce?

 Well……….I had seen this sign but didn’t really understand it. Goodwill’s joblink centers are for everyone, not just their employees. Goodwill works with area businesses and employment offices in finding employees for the positions that they have open.

If you are looking or know someone looking here are a few options that you can access online. You do not have to have a joblink center at your local Goodwill.  Welcome to GoodProspects, a community of career explorers who are learning, sharing ideas, accessing resources, and getting online assistance from career mentors.  I love this free online class! You can learn or fine tune your skills on Word,Excel, PowerPoint and more! I truly plant to try some of these classes myself!

Take a Free Online Class

Our online classes offer you the opportunity to learn on your own time and at your own pace. All of our classes are completely free and will earn you accredited Continuing Education Units and a Certificate of Completion!


Goodwill is also dedicated to providing online learning opportunities through popular new outlets. One example is this series of videos produced by Goodwill of Central Virginia and Hampton Roads and posted on YouTube:

Finding a job???

Right now there are 610 available jobs listed on the Goodwill Industries, Inc. website.

All of this is for free.

If you have a joblink center, they offer even more training and services.

And it is freeeeeeeeeee……………..

How do they fund all of these services???

Through our donations and purchases.

We give and the give……..

Their Mission

Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Do you know someone who could benefit from this secret?

I do. Even myself. I would love to fine tune my Microsoft Office skills and I would also like to see what other online classes are offered.

 What about you?

Before you answer that…….

I read your comments.

 Many of you love your Goodwills. Many good experiences but there are some with not so good experiences.

The primary complaint is pricing too high for thrifted items. You aren’t looking for free but a good deal. I agree. There are times that my Goodwill will have super high-priced items and I will wonder what in the world they are thinking.

They need to know this.

I will do my part in letting them know but if you want changes, respectfully tell them.

This is not an invite to bash Goodwill. My area does an excellent job. Our stores are clean, well-organized and the pricing moderate. This is an invitation to take the tools that blogs offer you and use them.

If they have a bad store, they need to know. I have seen the bad stores, I know what you are talking about. Here is where you can contact Goodwill,

I am also going to contact the national site and ask them to read your comments. They can learn a lot from us. We are who buys their products and can promote them.

My regional Goodwill’s loved the blog posts and are paying attention but I want to make sure your regions listen as well.

 So…..all that to say.

 Many thrift stores and re-sale stores fund organizations. Goodwill is one of many. I like our Goodwills but I have other favorites as well and will share those with you too.

As for finding a job in today’s market. I was really surprised at what Goodwill offers for everyone.


For free………

That my friends is truly valuable.

 If you have any more comments, good or bad. Let’s here them. Tell me all about your local Goodwill and I will carry your message until it gets heard.


 Now speak up people.



PS. I’m not paid by Goodwill to talk about them. I’m not given any compensation.
They do not know me except for the fact that I stalk all of their locations.
I just love a deal and I love what they offer and want to share it with you!
Check out their website to find a Goodwill nearest you!
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4 thoughts on “Goodwill Secret(S) #4 (A MUST SHARE)

  • August 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    YAY Goodwill! I knew of job placement for people with disabilities. I have a son with autism and while he hasn’t used the services of goodwill (except to buy) I’m always aware of such opportunities. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to take classes online–I had no idea. The other services are awesome, too. I’m in CT and the stores I’ve been in have been great. Thanks for all you do.

  • August 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for mentioning We do offer free tutorials and online classes in technology, reading and math and although we are funded by Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, our educational content is free and available to anyone who wants to learn something new!

  • July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you for the series of posts!! The goodwill’s in our town are terrible…dirty and nasty, with mostly rude staff members…do not take me wrong…I am the thrifting queen and I hit every thrift outlet for miles around, but Goodwill is the absolute worst!!
    I emailed them from your link, and I have sent it to various family members who are also thrifters. I hope they will follow through!
    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your thoughtful, entertaining, instructional posts!! You are GREAT!!

  • October 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

    The goodwill in my are advertises two fifty for a pound of clothing yet when i got a small shopping cart only half full they charged me 25.00$ how is this two fifty a pound?


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