How to Shop Productively

We live in an age where we are always on the go, our time is valuable and our schedules are busy. When it comes to shopping, the last thing we want to do is use time and money we do not have.

Today’s post is all about utilizing your day while helping you find the best deal.

If you have never considered thrifting before, it might seem overwhelming. But at the Goodwill Stores of Greater Detroit, we strive to make your shopping experience the best it can possibly be. So consider these tips if you’re new to thrift shopping or looking for new ways to prioritize:

1.) Decide what you are looking for.
Sounds simple right? Not always. Be sure to set a budget and a schedule ahead of time to prevent overspending and wasted effort.

2.) Try things on.
There is nothing more frustrating than when you think you are saving time by skipping the fitting room, and then you get home to realize something doesn’t fit! While it can seem like a waste to try things on in the store, remember sizes run differently especially at a thrift store! Be sure to try things on before you buy and you will be satisfied with your purchase every time.

3.) Shop for sales!
Different days of the week have different sales, so get out your calendar and plan accordingly! You’ll be able to see which day of the week is better to buy certain items by checking out our calendar of sales!

Come back every second Friday of the month for more fun shopping advice!

Goodwill Detroit: Your Fresh, New Place to Shop

Next blog post coming May 12th


Set Your Sights On Spring

It’s March, which means spring is right around the corner. What better way to set your sights on spring than a little spring cleaning?

Spring cleaning is a chance to say goodbye to the last days of winter by starting fresh with an annual deep clean.

If you need help getting motivated this year, here are a few reasons why we think you should schedule some time for spring cleaning

    1.It’s the perfect opportunity to rid your home of the “stuff” you can live without.

We all have items we could do without: clothes we’ve outgrown and household items we no longer use. Why not give those items away?

    2. You get rid of clutter and become more organized.

Just imagine having a little more room in your closet and spending less time trying to look for something. Spring cleaning offers the chance to clear your home and your mind.

   3. A happier and healthier lifestyle.

Don’t you automatically feel better when you are in a clean environment and everything is easily accessible? We know we do.

   4. Spring cleaning can help others.

You can organize your space and feel good about helping others at the same time. When you are finished cleaning, donating your stuff can help people in your community. Just because you may not need the items anymore doesn’t mean they still can’t be of use to others. Donating your stuff to Goodwill can help Goodwill support members in the community who are facing challenges to employment. Learn more about how your donation helps your community here.

So go ahead and do a little spring cleaning, pack up all your old stuff and bring it to any of our six locations across Metro Detroit. Your donations make it possible for Goodwill to put over 2,000 new items out on the floor daily!

Once your donation enters our donation center, it is immediately sorted by item type. All items are inspected and priced accordingly to their condition. For more information on how items are selected here’s Kam Carman.

Find a complete list of items accepted here.

So if you’re thinking about doing a little spring cleaning, consider donating some of your stuff to Goodwill. It will help you and your community.




Goodwill Detroit: Your Fresh, New Place To Shop.

Stay tuned next month to learn about Housewares

Four Things You’re Better off Thrifting

Are you tired of shopping around and not finding what you’re looking for? This month’s post is all about helping you find great items while saving you money.

Click the video to learn more from Kam Carman about Four Things You’re Better off Thrifting.

Let’s take a look inside your local Goodwill stores.


Staple Items

All the clothes are organized by size and color, so you won’t have to dig too hard to find what you’re looking for. Goodwill is your number one place to go if you are looking for staple items like a pair of pants or your new favorite sweater.

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High-End Apparel

If you are looking for something that makes a statement but don’t want to break the bank, Goodwill offers high-end apparel and brand name clothing at affordable prices every day of the week.
Check out these statement pieces from one of our stores.

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Children’s Clothing

When it comes to searching for children’s clothes, you are in luck. We know that your kids are always growing, and spending a lot of money on clothing they will grow out of quickly is hard! Goodwill offers a great deal of children’s clothing in all sizes and styles.

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Don’t leave without checking out housewares! This section includes glassware, specialty items, vases, containers and more. These are perfect for planning your next dinner party or stocking up your new home.

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Discover your own Goodwill finds by going to one of our six locations across Metro Detroit and show us what you’ve found by using #Goodwillfinds. You can even be featured on our Facebook or upcoming blog post.



Goodwill Detroit: Your Fresh, New Place to Shop.

Stay tuned next month for: How Goodwill Selects Items 

Welcome to the Goodwill Insider!

Welcome to the Goodwill Insider: a monthly blog dedicated to bringing practical tips, tricks, and timely insights for thrift retail shoppers like you!

We will provide best practices for thrift shopping and fun suggestions to help you find spectacular items at your local Goodwill, while also sharing more about the mission of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit as a whole.

To help navigate you through all of this fun and helpful information, Goodwill Detroit is excited to partner with Kam Carman!

Click the video below to learn more about Kam and what she will be covering over the course of the next few months in the Goodwill Insider:

Head on over to the store nearest to you to find greater items at ever better prices. As always, all of our store locations can be found right here on Don’t forget to check out the Monthly Events Calendar to stay in the loop with the latest special sales and events coming up each month.

You will never know what you will find at the Goodwill Detroit Stores.




Goodwill Detroit: Your Fresh, New Place to Shop.

Stay tuned next month for: Four Things You’re Better off Thrifting!