I recently had the chance to visit one of the newer stores in the Goodwill fleet, Gretna. Gretna Goodwill opened in October of 2013 and the set up went as smoothly as possible. I had a chance to speak with Jane Aschtgen and Mary Kratochvil both of whom are employees, about the stores origins and the challenges and successes the store has faced. After the smooth setup customers didn’t flock to the store as fast as expected mainly because many people didn’t even know the store was there. After a little bit of time the word got out and people began to fill the store. Locals from Gretna are the most common customers but people from Lincoln even make the trip to find a good deal. Jane and Mary said sometimes the store even gets some customers traveling across the country that stop in to see what’s happening. I asked both of them what the most interesting thing sold at the store was and I got some pretty interesting answers. As I asked this question Helen Kneisel, one of the cashiers, quickly chirped in and said the most interesting thing she saw was a massage chair but she admitted that it might have been the most interesting because she was the one who bought it. They brought me over to the donations to show me a TOILET SEAT that someone had donated. The toilet seat probably won’t end up being put on the floor to be sold but you never know what is going to come through the donation door. They also both agreed the 1970’s polyester dresses that are donated are one of the cooler items. Brenda Powell, one of the donated goods processor said one of the best finds she had was a zither. I think she noticed the confused look on my face to what a zither is and she quickly explained that it is a musical instrument similar to a guitar but it is played like a piano. I next asked them what the best part of working at Goodwill is and they both looked at each other and agreed it has to be the people. You never know who is going to walk through the door and it is always so much fun to interact with such a diverse group. My last question for them was which day is the busiest? Neither of them worked weekends so during the week they both agreed Mondays are the busiest because the Color of the Week changes and a whole new possibility of savings open up. I visited the store on a pretty rainy day so I asked if people still came in on rainy days and to my disbelief the rainier days usually have the bigger crowds because shoppers want something to do because lying by the pool isn’t an option for the day.
After thanking the two for taking time out of their busy schedule it was then my time to look through the store to try and find some neat items and to no surprise I most certainly did. One of the items that really caught my eye was a child electric 4-wheeler. I thought of how much fun I would have had with that as a child.
The 4th of July is quickly approaching and you never know what cool decoration you might find on the 4th of July shelf. After an exciting trip to Gretna I can’t wait to go back and visit!