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Today’s nifty thrifty lesson:

“All About Goodwill”

Here are 10 great questions answered about Goodwill.  If you guys have any others, feel free to leave them in the comment boxes below!

1. Does Goodwill wash clothes before selling them?
I get asked this question all the time.  As far as I know, no, Goodwill does not wash clothing before putting it on the floor.  However, they do ask that donors wash the clothes before donating, and I find that they’re almost always in very good condition-no stains, rips, etc.  Many people feel more comfortable washing their finds before wearing them.

2. When does Goodwill restock?
The stores have an almost constant stream of donations coming in, so new items are being added all the time.  They pretty much leave all donations on the floor no matter what the season, etc.  Many people will go shopping 3 times a week and find new stuff every time.

3. When is Goodwill open?  Are they open on Sundays?
The hours vary from store to store.  You can find your local Goodwill here and check the hours and days they’re open.  And yes, Goodwills are frequently open on Sundays.  Here’s what a fairly typical schedule might look like:
Mon-Fri – 9am-9pm
Sat – 9am-7pm
Sun – noon-6pm

4. Does Goodwill have dressing rooms?
Yes!  Every Goodwill I’ve ever been to has always had dressing rooms.  Sometimes they can be pretty crowded with left over clothes and sometimes they’re pristine.  Usually they’re locked and you have to ask for an associate to open them for you.  They also typically have a limit on the number of items you can bring in (5 or so), although this isn’t always the case.

5. Does Goodwill have good clothes?
YES!  I definitely believe so.  They have all kinds of clothes…everything from jackets from the 60’s to modern-day clothes with the tags still attached.  I really believe there is something for everyone.  Of course, you have to search a bit but it makes finding those designer jeans or perfect blazer that much more worthwhile.

6. How can I pay at Goodwill?
Cash, credit, debit, personal checks, and gift cards.  It’s best to check with your local store to make sure, but these are widely accepted payment methods.

7. What items does Goodwill not accept?
It seems like they sell everything, but there are certain items they cannot accept as donations.  Fridges and other large appliances, broken TVs etc, mattresses, torn or dirty couches and chairs, car parts, paint and other chemicals, kerosene/gas heaters, cars and other large automobiles, and anything that has been recalled.

8. Is Goodwill a non-profit?
Yes, Goodwill is a non-profit organization.

9. Is Goodwill affiliated with a religion?
No, Goodwill is not religiously affiliated.

10. How was Goodwill started?
Great question.  Goodwill was founded in 1902 by a Methodist minister named Rev. Edgar J. Helms who would collect items from the wealthier neighborhoods in Boston to resell.  Rev. Helms started the organization to give employment to those who were underemployed or those who could not be easily employed.  Read the whole story here.