DENVER (KDVR) — It’s part game show, part savings and for many it’s highly addictive. It’s shopping at the Goodwill Outlet Stores.
Thrifters, pinball machines and eBayers lined up outside the Goodwill Outlet Store on Kearney Street from 8.30am.
Once admitted at 9 am, they took their seats. It’s not their first rodeo.
The giant blue plastic bins of goods have been rolled up. Eager bargain hunters have been waiting for that simple word, shop.
Then it all broke down. Several hundred shoppers, empty bags in hand and shopping carts behind them, began rummaging through bins of goods with a sense of urgency.
“We sort, rotate every 30 minutes, and we like to call it adventure thrift store,” said Desiree, one of the store’s managers.
This is one of three Goodwill Outlet stores in the Denver metro area and they don’t look like your typical Goodwill store.
“It’s like a madhouse. It’s that these people get really aggressive sometimes, you have to be really careful,” said Jill Long, a customer at the store. sell out, right? I mean, you just have to choose, you have to see what’s here, it’s really a roll of the dice what you’re going to find here.
We found a pair of gently used Converse Chuck Taylors for $2.53. That would be $1.49 per pound.
“Sometimes you’ll find little stuffed animals, really light little stuff, it’ll be like 25 cents or something that will go for $10,” said Mike York, another shopper.
The goods arrive in giant bins, nothing is sorted. It really is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.
From bargain hunters to boutique owners, everyone is welcome. All you need is a sense of adventure, a few dollars, and a love of hunting.
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