Best Time to Shop at Goodwill: Now

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Beverly Wiecking is decked out in designer clothes and at the Goodwill on South Virginia in Reno, she's looking to find more. And from the looks of things, it appears she's found her deal of the day.

"I found this Kenneth Cole Reaction," says Wiecking, displaying a small brown purse. "This was probably $49. I'm paying $6.99."

Wiecking is a regular at this Goodwill store. So it's no surprise to her that January is the best time to shop there.

"After the holidays, people get rid of their other stuff," she says.

"That's the best part," says Keith Chapman, VP of Operations of Goodwill Industries. "Everybody that got rid of their flat screen, we got their old one."

But don't just thank Santa Claus. It's also Uncle Sam.

"Our end of the year donations are our busiest time of the year to get that tax receipt for your tax purposes," says Chapman. "It was about four or five times our normal flow at the end of the year. So December is really important to us.

All of those donations are stacking up. And they keep coming in.

"I just felt that it's a new year and we just wanted to kind of pass our stuff along," says Sharon Peplau, a Reno resident who was dropping off items at the donation site.

But all of the donations are creating more than just deals.

"It allows us just in the reno, sparks, carson city area to employ over 170 folks," says Chapman.

There are three Goodwill stores in the Reno, Sparks, Carson City area and 12 donation sites. A new donation site will open in March. It will be located at Pioneer Meadows at Wingfield Springs.


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