Shopping at the Goodwill Outlet is an experience like no other. These stores, also known as the Goodwill Bins or Goodwill Warehouse, are sister stores to regular Goodwill thrift stores.
Goodwill Outlet stores operate differently than traditional thrift stores in many ways. First, there are no racks of clothing. Instead of racks and shelves, all items are placed in large blue bins (hence- the given name Goodwill Bins).
Due to this, there is a very minimal sense of order in most stores. However, a huge perk is the pricing structure! At the Goodwill Bins, all items are paid for by the pound.
In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about the Goodwill Outlet. This includes what to bring, how to shop, and where to find one of these unique stores near you.
What Is A Goodwill Outlet?
The Goodwill Outlet is a variety of a traditional thrift store. Once you enter the building, you will see a warehouse full of large, raised blue bins on wheels. These bins hold a mixed assortment of items including clothing, shoes, bedding, toys, exercise equipment- you name it.
Most stores separate the textiles into their own bins, with hard goods and shoes also having their exclusive bins. Some locations also have sections for furniture or other miscellaneous items that do not fit into the blue bins.
The outlet stores can receive donations directly from its customers, but most inventory is received from regular Goodwill stores.
After a certain amount of time, inventory is removed from the Goodwill racks and transported to the Goodwill Outlet. Unfortunately after items sit at the Goodwill Bins, they are taken to the landfill.
This is why it is important for shoppers and resellers to support and shop at the Goodwill Outlet due to the mass amounts of perfectly good items being disposed of.
The Goodwill Outlet rotates through inventory at different intervals. Some outlet stores set out the bins for the morning, and close for lunch to rotate new inventory in. Other stores pause shoppers every hour, change out bins, and then let the shopping resume.
For my newbies here, I need to let you know that shopping at the Goodwill Outlet is not for the faint of heart. Many customers take this treasure hunt very seriously.
At times, items can be thrown, you can be bumped into, and people even take items from your cart! To combat others stealing your good finds, I suggest finding a blanket to lay over the top of your cart to block any wandering eyes.
Each location and its pricing structure varies. Goodwill Bins locations price most of their items by the pound. In some stores, books and other media are priced per inch.
Additionally, some stores outline pricing differences between glassware/home goods and clothing items. Since glassware items can be pretty heavy, typically those items are priced less per pound.
Further, some stores offer a decreased price depending on how many pounds you purchase. For example, some stores decrease the price per pound if you rack up 25 pounds or more of items.
What To Bring
When planning your trip to the Goodwill Bins, there are a few things you will want to bring. First, you may want to consider wearing gloves.
This is a safety precaution due to an unknown array of different substances on the items. You can opt for rubber gloves, or a more sturdy pair of gloves.
I typically recommend the latter, a thicker pair of gloves. This is because unfortunately there can be sharp objects (glass, etc) located in the bins. This happens because items can be randomly thrown into the blue bins, and staff are unaware of any hazards that may be in the bin.
I also suggest shoppers to bring a reusable tote bag. Even better, a rolling bag on wheels for ease of storing and moving your items as you shop. A rolling bag can especially be important on busy days when there are no carts left.
Lastly, I recommend bringing a water bottle and a snack. These can come in handy on those long days of sifting through items, and while there is down time as you wait for the bins to rotate.
So, after reading this post, if you think you are ready to conquer the Goodwill outlet, see the chart below to find a location near you!
|Alabama||2350 Green Springs Hwy., Birmingham, AL 35205|
7431 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608
|Arizona||963 W Route 66 Flagstaff, AZ, 86001|
490 N Grand Ave., Nogales, AZ, 85621
515 N 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043
1830 E Irvington Rd., Tucson, AZ 85714
|Arkansas||7400 Scott Hamilton Rd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72209|
1301 N Dixieland Rd., Rogers, AR 72756
|California||1996 Don Lee Pl, Escondido, CA 92029|
646 W Esther St., Long Beach, CA 90813
3150 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
14565 Lanark St., Panorama City, CA 91402
5400 Date Ave., Sacramento, CA 95841
6648 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95826
1566 Moffett St., Salinas, CA 93905
2722 W. Fifth St., Santa Ana, CA 92703
292 Pioneer St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
6655 Camino Maquiladora, San Diego, CA 92154
2383 Via Segundo #2815, San Ysidro, CA 92173
8120 Palm Ln., San Bernardino, CA 92410
|Colorado||13600 E Mississippi, Aurora, CO 80012|
2855 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
4355 Kearney St., Denver, CO 80216
3155 S Platte River Dr., Englewood, CO 80010
|Connecticut||2901 State St., Hamden, CT 06517|
|Delaware||400 Centerpoint Blvd., New Castle, DE 19720|
|Florida||5138 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, FL 34210|
2104 W Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
5100 Tice Street, Fort Myers, FL 33905
815 S. Kings Highway, Fort Pierce FL 34945
3033 Drane Field Rd., Lakeland, FL 33811
2121 NW 21st Street, Miami, FL 33142
7531 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
2920 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34475
3219 East Bus. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401
3351 McLemore Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514
7241 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
10596 Gandy Blvd., St Petersburg, FL 33702
300 Mabry Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304
|Georgia||3362 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, GA 30909|
3857 St Marys Rd., Columbus, GA 31906
7220 Sallie Mood Dr., Savannah, GA 31406
|Hawaii||1069 S Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96814|
|Illinois||211 Capitol Way, Jacksonville, IL 62650|
|Indiana||927 N Emerson Ave., Greenwood, IN 46143|
4105 N Franklin Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226
6650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46241
|Iowa||8200 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404|
6345 SE 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50320
2620 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701
|Louisiana||5718 Cameron St., Scott, LA 70583|
810 W 70th St, Shreveport, LA 71106
|Maine||34 Hutcherson Drive, Gorham, ME 04038|
|Maryland||800 Central Avenue, Linthicum, MD 21090|
6225 B Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale, MD 21237
|Massachusetts||1010 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02119|
|Michigan||501 S Averill Ave, Flint, MI 48506|
3035 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, MI 49418
|Minnesota||7051 W Broadway Ave., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428|
312 Lake Hazeltine Dr., Chaska, MN 55318
553 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104
|Missouri||1800 N Corrington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120|
5665 St.Louis Mills Blvd, Bridgeton, MO 63044
3728 Market Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110
|Nebraska||1729 S Lincoln Ave, Grand Island, NE 68801|
4115 S 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68127
|Nevada||7570 Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89139|
7940 S Valley View Blvd #100, Las Vegas, NV 89139
2424 Oddie Blvd, Reno, NV 89512
|New Hampshire||9 Wason Road, Hudson, NH 03051|
|New Jersey||330 Benigno Blvd., Bellmawr, NJ 08031|
400 Huyler St, South Hackensack, NJ 07606
|New York||47-47 Van Dam Street, Long Island City, NY 11101|
|North Carolina||1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806|
835 Conover Blvd W, Conover, NC 28613
1235 S Eugene St, Greensboro, NC 27406
2760 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
|Ohio||570 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44319|
4379 Whipple Ave NW, Canton, OH 44718
10596 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
2675 Brice Road, Suite B, Columbus, OH 43232
1750 Woodman Drive, Dayton, OH 45420
419 W Market St, Sandusky, OH 44870
|Oklahoma||1320 W Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73108|
|Oregon||2920 SE Century Boulevard, Hillsboro, OR 97123|
2077 Lars Way, Medford, OR 97501
1740 SE Ochoco, Milwaukie, OR 97222
5950 NE 122ND Avenue, Portland, OR 97230
3235 Portland Road NE, Salem, OR 97301
|Pennsylvania||571 Hepburn Rd, Avondale, PA 19311|
3825 Hartzdale Dr, Camp Hill, PA 17011
1905 Washington St, Heidelberg, PA 15106
2353 Lincoln Highway E, Lancaster, PA 17602
753 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
294 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137
3001 St Lawrence Ave, Reading, PA 19606
|South Carolina||1520 Highmarket St, Georgetown, SC 29440|
115 Haywood Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
2119 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169
|Tennessee||3321 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407|
780 Berry Rd, Nashville, TN 37204
7237 Cockrill Bend Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
|Texas||2300 Scarbrough Dr Building 5, Austin, TX, 78728|
6505 Burleson Road, Austin, TX 78744
3020 N Westmoreland Rd, Dallas, TX, 75212
2452 Mansfield Hwy, Fort Worth, TX 76119
4810 Eisenhauer Rd #240, San Antonio, TX, 78218
4861 West Commerce, San Antonio, TX, 78237
|Virginia||4701 Market St A, Fredericksburg, VA 22408|
1911 Saville Row, Hampton, VA 23666
6301 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
1493 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
|Washington||2208 W Casino Rd., Everett, WA 98204|
315 Washington Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
4014 Martin Way SE, Olympia, WA 98506
307 W Columbia St, Pasco, WA 99301
1765 6th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134
1406 E Front Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
3120 S Pine St, Tacoma, WA 98409
9025 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98662
|Wisconsin||1341 W. Spencer St, Appleton, WI 54914|
1630 Enterprise Dr, Sturtevant, WI 53177
States that do not currently have Goodwill Outlet locations include:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
In summary, shopping at the Goodwill Outlet can be a unique and fun experience. By following the tips and tricks above, you'll be a Goodwill Bins pro shopper in no time!
This will widely vary by location. Call your local Goodwill to see what day(s) they run sales or specials to find the best day for your specific store. If you are shopping at a Goodwill Outlet, the best day is any weekday due to decreased crowds during the week.
The cheapest day is typically when the store is running a promotion for 75% off of a specific color ticket item. Call your local store to see when they run their deepest discount sale. If you're shopping at the Goodwill Outlet, the cheapest day is everyday!
There are two ways items can end up at the Goodwill Outlet. One, items can be directly donated from customers. The other way is donations from Goodwill stores themselves. If items sit in the store for a long enough period, they are packed up and shipped off to the outlet store.
There are currently over 122 Goodwill Outlet locations across the United States. This number continues to grow as outlet stores gain popularity.