Opinion: Reasons Why to Shop at Goodwill Stores

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As an American consumer, odds are good you have heard of Goodwill stores.  They are virtually everywhere including right here in Phoenix.  Have you ever actually shopped at one?  If not, you really ought to consider it.  Why?  There are many good reasons, which will be explored in this article.  Keep reading this piece.


For one thing, you can discover many one-of-a-kind treasures.  Whether it is clothing, accessories, household items, books, or whatever, you will find items you simply have to have.  All merchandise is also an excellent value and always at modest prices.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you possess some of these that you no longer want, you can donate them to your nearest Goodwill location.  It sure beats throwing the items in the garbage when they are perfectly good. 


Goodwill is much more than your average retail store.  They all work very hard to make a difference in the communities they serve.  How?  Money raised through in-store purchases helps provide education and training in a vast array of skills.  The students can then use this knowledge to get hired by employers in the area.  People from all walks of life, no matter what their personal challenges are, can find success through these programs.  Goodwill then goes a step further by assisting people in their job searches.  What value this provides to a community! 


How can you help?  There are a few ways to become involved.  You can donate items, you can purchase items, or you can seek employment within the Goodwill Industries International, Inc. organization.  For details, or to find a store near you, go online to www.goodwill.org.  In addition to finding or donating unique treasures, you will help so many people right in your own community.   


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