Goodwill Shopping 101

Posted by: Sam Valentin on Friday, February 17, 2017
Goodwill Shopping 101

Each week on Facebook we post a segment called Fabulous Finds Friday. This week we walked through the store and went over where to look for certain things as well as what to keep an eye out for while shopping at your local Goodwill. Because I feel like this is such worthwhile information, I decided to steal the concept for this blog post too!

In most of our locations, as soon as you walk in the front door you’ll see a floor stand that says “What’s New at Goodwill Manasota.” Look at this sign!! This is where several of the FREE classes for the current month will be listed. You’ll have to check out our website for the full schedule and to sign up, but the sign in the front of the store is there to spark your interest and give you an idea of what we have to offer. The website is listed on the sign as well, so it is always my recommendation that you take a picture of the sign for future reference.

What's New


While you’re in the front of the store you should also check out “Treasure Island.” Treasure Island is where more of the valuable and high end donations are located. Typically Treasure Island has a display area in the middle and a glass case that runs around the parameter. There will usually be someone standing in the middle to take out any items you are interested in getting a closer look at. If for some reason you’re having trouble finding Treasure Island at your location, look up. There will be a sign hanging from the ceiling above the designated treasure zone.

Treasure Island


Next up is new goods. I’ve mentioned before that there is a new goods section at the front of the store, but did you know there are also end caps with new goods throughout? Keep an eye out for the all blue signs that say “BRAND NEW” to find great deals on all kinds of items from socks to sunglasses to umbrellas and more!

New Goods


One last thing to be aware of when shopping at Goodwill Manasota is how the clothing is organized. If you’re not already familiar with the layout prepare to be impressed. All of the clothing is organized by size AND color! This makes it super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. For instance, if you know you need a pink short sleeve top in a medium, you can head right to the medium short sleeve tops and check out the pink section! Easy peasy!

Color Organization


So the next time you’re in a Goodwill Manasota store, keep these tips in mind to make your shopping experience more fruitful and convenient than ever! And be sure to share your finds by tagging us on social media or by using the hashtag #goodwillmanasotaismyjam!



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