BUCKHANNON — National Thrift Store Day is Monday, August 17 and Goodwill welcomes you to bag some great deals as they spread awareness to the day. GoodWill has been celebrating National Thrift Store Day for 10 years.
“National Thrift Store Day is an event that happens each year. We like to do what we can to recognize the day because we know there are a lot of shoppers who really enjoy thrift stores, and we like to celebrate along with them,” said David Tobiczyk, Vice President of Marketing and Development for Goodwill.
To celebrate, their color of the week will be the yellow tag. Each item with a yellow tag will be 50 percent off. Additionally, senior shoppers age 55 and older will get 25 percent off every Monday.
“Right now, with so much uncertainty in the world, we know people enjoy shopping at Goodwill to stretch their dollar and find many great items. It’s helpful for the shopper and helpful for Goodwill, to support our organization,” Tobiczyk said.
Goodwill follows and enforces CDC guidelines, such as implementing six feet of social distancing, marking aisles for one direction and regularly sanitizing high-touch areas approximately every hour. Employees and customers are required to wear masks at all times within the store. Employees must also check for symptoms before working their shift every day.
The local store has reportedly seen a smaller number of walk-in customers due to the pandemic; however, the customers seem to be buying more during their visit. Since their reopening, the number of customers visiting Goodwill have been increasing by the day.
Goodwill has also started accepting donations again, so if you recently cleaned out your closets, this is a great way for others to get use out of your unwanted clothing and household items. Tobiczyk described that customers have been very generous when donating. Right now, Goodwill has a great deal of clothing for all ages, men and women. They also have a good supply of houseware items available at very affordable prices. When making donations, please be aware the store does not accept televisions and hazardous items. A list of acceptable items can be found on their website at www.goodwillncwv.org.
Since the pandemic began, Goodwill has started a self-serve donation area in the store. Donors may put items in appropriate bins, such as clothing, houseware items and electronics, to help organize contact-free.
Goodwill has been serving Buckhannon for almost 20 years. Stores reopened in May, but they have changed their hours to better accommodate everyone. GoodWill is now open 10 a.m. 7 p.m. every day. The first hour is reserved for front line medical professionals to show appreciation for their help in the battle to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Tobiczyk emphasized, “When you shop at a Goodwill store, you’re helping Goodwill generate funds to support job training and education—job training and education programs for people with employment barriers, such as disabilities.”