I had a work commitment that got me close to the area, and decided I was also going to fit in an adventure. After I finished what I had to do I got back in my car and went east on the highway. I should have gotten off one exit earlier than I did, but after several turns I saw the building's sign and parking lot. The huge building used to be a warehouse for Famous-Barr (a department store that was purchased by Macy's about a decade ago), but the entrance to the store portion was easy to find.
|Blue bins in the store|
The store wouldn't win any awards for cleanliness. Based on my online research I brought a pair of gloves with me, but I ended up not using them. However, I wasn't digging down to the bottom of the bins. Several people were wearing work or rubber gloves, and I even saw one couple sporting disposable dust masks. There are no dressing rooms, so I had to guess if things would fit me or Hubby Tony. I wasn't too concerned, though, figuring that if I guessed wrong I'd just turn around and put the item back in our donation box.
There were all types of people there...well-dressed suburbanites, young people dressed in vintage styles, and others who looked like all they could afford were the items in the building. I heard some people talking about how they were looking for things to turn around and sell on eBay. I browsed for a half hour, then realized I should have eaten lunch before I came and decided to check out. My six clothing items (which had labels from Banana Republic, Express, Talbots, Ann Taylor, and Nike) cost $3.91, and a Fiestaware bread plate and small bowl was only 55 cents!
I don't think I'll make shopping at the Goodwill Outlet store part of my regular routine, but I'm glad I was able to experience it.
Five years ago today: Play Your Cards Right