Why Goodwill Shoppers Should Know Name Brands

Added by on March 20th, 2013 @ 10:57 am

As an avid Goodwill shopper, I find it hard to buy brand name items at retail prices. Why spend ridiculous amounts of money on a pair of shoes that I can get at Goodwill for just a few bucks?! It is important, however, to know name brands and how much they cost in retail stores! Why? Because how will you know when you’ve found a good deal?!

I recently went on the search for a great pair of winter boots. Living in Vermont means ski lessons and sledding with the kids so often that my toes were beginning to wonder if I forgot about them! I knew a better pair of boots was in order. So I researched for the best brands and how much they cost. I began to hunt my local Goodwill stores a couple of times a week. I was having no luck and my toes were over it, so I splurged and purchased two very expensive pairs of boots. One for me and one for my son. I still managed to get them on sale; of course, it was much more than I would normally spend.

Naturally, a week later I found TWO pairs of brand names boots for only $7.99 at Goodwill! I was so excited! One of them was almost the exact same pair I had just bought for $60 new! It was too late to return the boots I already bought, but I purchased the Goodwill boots anyway. They will be great for my boys to grow into and to have as a pair of back-ups, which is definitely a must in a Vermont winter as well!


Had I not done the research, I would have never realized what a great buy those boots were! Here are my tips for staying in touch with the latest brands and styles:

  • Google first! You will find what they are going for new, used in stores, and online. I usually have my smart phone ready and on hand to search items I find in the store, as well!
  • Follow local style blogs. Not sure what’s in and what’s out? Follow a style blog to keep up on what’s hot! Look for a local one for the most relevant styles and brands to your area!
  • People watch! When I was doing boot research, I watched people at the grocery store. Not in a weird creepy way, in a research way! It was a snowy winter’s day so while standing in the checkout line, I looked at people’s feet. I noticed the brands they were wearing and what kind of shape they were in. It sounds funny, but I’m telling you, it really helped!
  • Be patient, if you can! Had I just waited a little bit longer, I would have saved myself a whole lot of money! I got impatient! Sometimes it is necessary, sometimes you just cannot wait! But if you can, hold on. Be patient. You’ll find that item soon enough!

How do you stay in touch with brand name and styles? What are your tips for finding them at Goodwill?

Ken Christian
Senior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office

Updated 1 year ago by Calvin Gilbert

Personal Growth & Goodwill NNE

Tasha Lehman Bio Pic

Tasha is a proud military wife and stay at home mom to three boys. She spends most of her time taking care of her family, scrapbooking and Goodwill hunting! She writes about her adventures in cooking, raising three boys and renovating their 150 year old home.