Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thrift Store Exposé Part II

Hello party people! Just trying to get the mood up on this lovely Tuesday.

Whew! To much excitement for me, let's get down to business.

The second thriftstore in town I decided to visit was Goodwill on Seventh Street in Victorville.

14580 Seventh Street
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 241-3079

Not bad! A good storefront finally! Parking lot is large and well maintained. It is in an older shopping center but the whole building is in good repair. (Plus Dollar General is just a few stores down!)

Donations are dropped off in the back of the building so that was a nice difference from Salvation Army. Not so hectic walking up. Click HERE for the Salvation Army review.

When you walk in the front door you are greeted with a sign specifically telling you what is on sale that week. They also have baskets for your items.

l will start off with their discount schedule because it is really what I was hit with as soon as I walked in the store.


Goodwill does weekly color discounts. Every Saturday a new color is chosen for the following week. They cycle through all colors in the same order! If you have an item you really want you can come back and get it half off on that item's color discount week.

An example of how they color tag their items. 

They will also periodically have certain items get an extra 25% off. The week we went it was long sleeve shirts. I assume it is because it is because they want to move certain merchandise faster.

They do not do any bargaining, pricing is as is. They seemed extremely firm on this.

Here is a link to the Goodwill Return Policy. It is a pretty good policy. Most likely you return something you will get store credit.

That's that. Goodwill pricing is pretty straightforward. What you see is what you get. At Salvation Army two similar shirts could be two different prices. Not so for Goodwill. All short sleeve tops are going to be the same exact price.

This Goodwill location is extremely organized.

As you can see the aisles are clear plenty of room to walk and most importantly plenty of room for a stroller! That made it convenient.

Even better, they have dressing rooms. I can't stress enough how awesome it is to have dressing rooms. I want to make sure I'm not wasting my money. I put a couple of items back because they did not fit. So I guess dressing rooms can save you money!

See there under the menswear lettering? That is the men's dressing room. There is one on the opposite side for women. Nice!

We found tons of stuff we loved! Unfortunately all the stuff we loved was not on sale.  Most of the Green Items were already gone. I think the best thing to do is to go on Saturday or Sunday early in order to get the best pick of the current color discounts.

These are just a few of the things we loved but were not on sale. The pink plaid shirt/dress was $7.99! I just couldn't do it. The thing to do would be to maybe take a picture of the items you loved along with the color tag and come back on Saturday to see if it is on discount (and still there).

 We also discovered that some items have special prices. Dresses are all normally $7.99 but this dress had a tag for $29.99. It seemed their "fancy" stuff was always marked a little higher.

Goodwill keeps all it's furniture, nick-nacks, books and luggage in the back of the store. Here is it definitely more cluttered, which is why they stick it in the back most likely. It is easily to navigate all the items though because like items are grouped together. There were some definite good finds back here!

The desk on the left was 29.99 and was in pretty good shape. I could see it as a refurb piece.  The cabinet in the upper right corner was brand new and $99.00. I would keep coming back until it was half off then you would be getting a great bargain!

Booksection was small but packed full. Stacy found several things she was interested in. The motherlode came in the nick-nacks section.

I mean...c'mon.....the Gandi quote brand new??? Stacy snatched that right up! The pictures of the little girls are kinda scary but have really sweet sayings that we thought if you reframed them they would look adorable in a little girls room. 

Goodwill had a large selection of jewelry. There was some good stuff in there!

One thing that makes me happy to spend my money at Goodwill is that they put the money back into the community, and they hire from the community.This location has a career center. I love programs like this. They had alot of staff on hand constantly cleaning and restocking items.

So this is what I left with:

In order from left to right: army colored capri's, dark skinny jeans with embellished pockets, a black skirt, a brown plaid skirt, a t-shirt for my niece, a copper plate and a silver charger.

I really love the things I found. The copper plate is going to add a bit of texture to the plate wall art I am making. I have been collecting silver pieces to display on the top of my cabinents, so the charger will fit right in. It was $5.00! I recently went to an antiques store and found the same one for $20.00 so I definitely got a bargain.

Grand Total: $26.00

All in all I came away with some good stuff. I didn't get as good of deals as I did at Salvation Army but now that I know the discount schedule I think I can do better if I go on a Saturday or Sunday.

I have to admit....I did go back for something that had caught my eye. Remember this:

I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wrestled with the thought of refinishing it the whole time we were shopping. It was so unique and I loved the detail on the legs. Looks like a perfect chair for a pirate, eh? It was priced at $14.99. I left Goodwill without it. :(

Then I went back and grabbed it!

It is now sitting in the corner of my dining room and has become a cat sanctuary. I can't wait to refinish it and put some new fabric on this baby! So I spent a little more this trip but it was worth it. This will be a one of a kind piece when I'm done with it and for $14.99 you can't beat it!

How do you feel about Goodwill? Would you pay more for used items knowing that the money was going to a good cause? Has there been any items you have gone back for?


  1. OMG!!! I was about to scream NOOOOO! GO GET THAT CHAIR!!! HAHA. I love it!

  2. Hahahaha!! I know! I don't regret getting it not one bit!

  3. I love this post! I love your pirate chair haha. I FUCKING LOVE that blue dress!! GIMME!