The Inside Scoop from a Regular Goodwill WearHouse Shopper

If you’ve never been to the Goodwill WearHouse store, you’re in for a truly unique experience! The WearHouse features a wide variety of items found in traditional thrift stores but it’s all priced by the pound. And the more you purchase the cheaper the price – a thrift shopper’s dream! New merchandise is brought out regularly in large bins so grab a cart and dive in.

Regular Goodwill WearHouse customer Kathe first discovered the WearHouse while thrift shopping with her daughter in South Omaha. Kathe’s daughter enjoyed shopping at thrift stores off 36th and Q Street but Kathe was looking for a new place to shop. She noticed the Goodwill WearHouse on the same block and was immediately hooked.

Kathe loves the thrill of the hunt and there is no place like the Goodwill WearHouse to discover the unexpected. Kathe keeps a keen eye on the merchandise bins as they are rolled out onto the sales floor brimming with potential treasures. She doesn’t hesitate to dive in and hunt for the next big find. Many of the items that Kathe purchases at the WearHouse become listings on her eBay page. She’s sold everything from sewing patterns and craft supplies to Christmas ornaments and Halloween costumes. Every item starts with a 99¢ opening bid and she enjoys watching bidders try to outbid each other. The most unique item she has sold on eBay from the WearHouse was a simple plastic cookie cutter that said “Jesus loves me” – it sold for over $80! Kathe isn’t sure what made that specific cookie cutter so desirable but she hopes to find the next hidden gem at the WearHouse.

Kathe - regular shopper at Goodwill WearHouse

Kathe – regular shopper at Goodwill WearHouse

From the time Kathe became a regular shopper at the original South Omaha location, she has enjoyed getting to know WearHouse Manager Shantel. When it was announced that the WearHouse would be relocated to 72nd and F Street, Shantel was adamant that Kathe needed to visit the new location and continue to shop at the WearHouse. Kathe appreciates that Shantel is very conscious of every shopper’s safety while in the store. There are often dozens of shoppers hoping to get the first look at items in a new bin and Shantel makes sure that everyone stays safe. Kathe especially enjoys shopping at Goodwill to support the mission of eliminating unemployment for those that want to work. She appreciates the people that work hard every day to operate Goodwill.

Kathe’s advice for a first time shopper at the WearHouse is to keep an open mind – you never know what you’re going to find! She recognizes that first time shoppers might be confused by the per-pound pricing structure that decreases the more you buy, but the staff at the WearHouse are always there to help. If you’re looking for a thrilling shopping experience visit the WearHouse!

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Customer Appreciation Days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our customers! Because of loyal customers like you, in 2016 Goodwill has been able to provide over 22,000 employment services to people in our community.

Please join us for a 2-day sale! All customers will receive 10% off, and if you are a Goodwill cardholder, you’ll receive 20% off!

During our sale we will be having popcorn, refreshments and we will be doing merchandise credit drawings, goody bags and coloring pages for children.

And don’t forget to also sign up for our big giveaway!

Two lucky winners from each store will receive 20% off for a whole year!

 

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12 Days of Goodwill Christmas – Trash to Treasure

A few months back Brett Karnes, Goodwill’s facilities manager, was walking through the WearHouse at 72nd and F Street.  As he was heading to the back, another employee was wheeling a piano into the back.  It had been on the retail floor for two weeks with no takers.  Brett looked at it and was surprised to find it was a player piano.  There was one hitch – it didn’t work.  That didn’t stop Brett and he bought the piano for $50.

In doing research, he found out it was a 1929 Wurlitzer player piano.  The varnish was cracked, so Brett stripped the piano and refinished it.  The harder part was going to be fixing the inside.  Brett found an older gentleman in Lincoln who gave him a users manuals and some tips on how to re-key and fix the piano.

Brett’s hard work paid off and he now has a beautiful player piano that he can treasure for years to come.

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IT’S TIME FOR THE BOO!DWILL HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST!

The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!

Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have nineteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.

We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

To enter:
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].

Updated: This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Please visit the Boo!dwill 2015 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win..

2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.

That’s it! We’ll be sharing the entries as we receive them on our Facebook wall. On Wednesday, November 11, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!

If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out last year’s finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:

Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha
Shop Goodwill for Halloween Costumes – KMTV Omaha

Good luck!

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#ThriftyThursday – Re-done

#ThriftyThursday often features ready-to-use items, which are great for the everyday shopper.  But Goodwill also has items for the more adventurous.

For this #ThriftyThursday, we reached out to the awesome ladies at The Vintage Chandelier (6914 Maple Street, Omaha).  A new local business, The Vintage Chandelier specializes in re-done, one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories.  Laci, one of the co-owners, recently found this awesome, but well-worn, matching vintage vanity with mirror and dresser at Goodwill’s WearHouse, where it was priced to move quickly.  And their even on rollers!  How cute (and functional) is that?

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As you see, the pieces were not ready to put in a home, but their unique beauty was still intact.  The wood inlays have beautiful detailing and the dresser drawer pulls are in great condition.  Laci recognized this one-of-a-kind piece and brought it to her studio, where she got to work.

After some TLC, and a lot of sanding, the furniture was ready to be painted.  Laci chose a vintage shade of white paint for a finish that would match anyone’s home décor.

 

 

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The finished project looks gorgeous on the Vintage Chandelier’s sales floor, ready to be purchased by some lucky shopper!  Laci’s work shows that Goodwill finds don’t always have to be perfect – in fact, sometimes flaws can allow for true beauty to shine.

Goodwill thanks Laci for supporting our mission of changing lives & strengthening communities through education, training and work!  Keep the great finds coming!

 

Find out more about the Vintage Chandelier on their website http://thevintagechandelier.com/, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vintage-Chandelier/524073191013309 or in-person at their store in West Benson.

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