Goodwill stores are a treasure-trove for unique, fashionable and affordable finds. Whether you’re shopping for clothing, household items or electronics and furniture, every purchase funds vital education, training and job placement programs in communities around the state.
But did you know there is another kind of Goodwill store? Have you ever been to a Goodwill Outlet? There are two in Arkansas – one in Little Rock and the other in Rogers.
The difference is immediately visible when you enter an Outlet store. The racks of color sorted clothes and areas designated for books, household items and linens are replaced by row after row after row of big blue bins.
Inside each bin – a surprise.
Tom Knight visits the Little Rock Outlet about once a week.
“It’s a goldmine for books,” he said.
Donated items that don’t sell at Goodwill stores are brought to the outlet and sold at deeply discounted prices. Most items are priced by the pound.
The bins are filled with clothing, books, decorative items, linens and much more! It’s a serious thrifter’s dream come true. Many donning protective gloves and extra comfortable shoes, shoppers dive in, awaiting that one-of-a-kind find.
The bins are refilled every hour, to make sure there is always something new. What’s even better than finding a great, unique item? The price! Diane Nash was able to take home this entire basket of items.
Just like traditional Goodwill retail stores, Outlets fund a variety of programs including Arkansas’ only high school for adults, welding and environmental services technician training, re-entry programs and job search assistance. It’s all about changing lives through education, training and employment.
Plus, with the help of the Outlet stores, last fiscal year Goodwill was able to keep nearly 32 million pounds of items out of Arkansas landfills. Great items. Great Prices. Great for the environment. It’s a win, win, win!
Outlets are open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
7400 Scott Hamilton Drive
1301 N. Dixieland