posted on Aug, 14 2013 @ 10:19 AM
I know the cost of prepping is outrageous.Anything that has to do with prepping,or for that matter,camping,has gone thru the roof.We all want to save
our dollars for that black ugly rifle and ammo,yet you need other stuff to supplement it.As a Goodwill employee,I'll walk you thru a few idea's.
First,find the store in the highest income area of your area.Why? High income usually means higher quality stuff gets donated! I work at the local
high end store,but live near the local "old town" store.The quality,and volume,of good stuff is amazing! I'm not allowed to shop at the store I
work at,so if I find a deal,I have to employ a shadow buyer for me.Against the rules,but only til I get caught! Tip number one...make a friend in the
department you want.You need to be a regular to do this,so you'll be remembered.I have 1 guy that comes in daily,he comes in daily,knows us all by
name,and lets us know what he's after....and annoying as heck!!! Friendly as all get out,but he'll run over someone to grab anything he thinks he
wants,only to put it down after doing a little research.I usually hold out the good stuff to display til he leaves.I have another semi regular that
only wants new,or near new household items,so I direct her to what I think is a great deal.Then I have a hot gal that loves to sweet talk me,and let
her know when anything "good" comes in for her to stock her thrift store with.I like her!
tip 2..know the day and time!! This is critical...We have a half off saturday every 2 weeks.It's a madhouse for us!If you saw something on friday,but
a little pricey,it will be gone after 10 minutes of opening.500 people flood in within an hour of opening,if you were on the edge,someone else got it
by then,sorry.If you saw a GPS for 25 on friday,its 12.50 at 9 on saturday,and gone!Be early,or lose out. As far as time,there are certain times of
the day we restock the shelves,usually 10.30,12.30,2.30,and 4.30,so be there about 20 minutes before,to catch us restocking the newly arrived
items.Saturdays and sundays are the best for new items,as the yard salers donate the leftover stuff,so we are swamped! If its a sale saturday,we work
the sunday,and roll out new stock every 2 hours,but we're off monday,so don't bother coming.If its a non sale saturday,we're off sunday,then the
new stuff go's out on monday,so come then! And we're all off on wed,so don't come,but thursday am is a great time for new stock.
tip 3...KNOW YOUR PRICES!!! As a prepper myself,I know what I'd pay for an item.I bought my dehydrator at a yard sale for 5 bucks,new in the box.We
often get new in the box items at my store,maybe duplicate wedding gifts,xmas gifts,whatever.Even tho Goodwill is a non profit,we still have to make
enough to keep the doors open,and the employees have a "quota" to make,put out x number of items at an average price of Y.Depends on the amount and
quality of the donations,but not out of reach.Obviously,we can't ask,or expect,new in the box prices,and we are allowed a lot of leeway,depending on
our skills.I'm the car guy,mechanical type,so if anything of that nature comes in,they ask me for a price.If a guitar comes in,I ask this guy,if a
vase comes in,I give it to another.My point is,none of us are experts.If we are not sure,we either underprice it,or over price it! Example,one guy
just bought a small painting for 12.95...tossed it in his cart,did a google on it....worth 600 bucks! And the guy that put it out considered himself
"educated" in art!! Point is,no goodwill employee is an "expert".
I'll give more tips and clues if this thread continues...Good will Goodwill hunting!!