Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc.
We’ve all seen the billboards and signs around town, passed by the stores, passed the car lot, maybe even dropped off donations frequently… But, how well do you know our local Goodwill Industries, what they stand for, how to support their mission and how to take advantage of what they have to offer you? If your answer is like mine was, “hmm…probably not enough”, then read on to learn more…
Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide job training, education, and employment to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, helping them to reach their fullest potential in supporting themselves and their families. Goodwill also provides barrier-free apartment complexes in which people with disabilities can live independently. We are a member of Goodwill Industries International, one of the nation’s top five most valuable and recognized non-profits. Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs in the United States and Canada.
Not only for the donation attendant that accepted your donation, the sorter who sorted all your donations, the pricers, taggers and hangers who placed your donations in our retail store, the cashiers, greeters, and workers who help our customers in the store, yes they all have jobs and work thanks to your donation. But you donations are so much more!
Goodwill is More Than A Store!
More than 86 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes directly into providing job opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend is continually expanding services throughout North Florida and South Georgia. The services vary with each location, but each of our Career Training Centers provides counseling, job training, job search assistance and on the job follow-up for anyone needing extra assistance in finding employment. Many individuals who seek our services have disabilities. Others may just lack the skills necessary to secure and keep a job.
Your donations also provide housing for people with disabilities!
These apartment complexes allow people in wheelchairs and individuals with limited mobility to function independently. Wide doorways, lowered cabinets and roll-in showers are some of the conveniences that make it possible for residents who have disabilities to live without assistance. Some units are specially equipped for people with visual and hearing disabilities. These apartments are subsidized by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Stop in frequently. Most stores have a constant turnover of merchandise on a daily basis.
- Some shoppers like to bring in a seamstresses’ tape measure because sizes are not consistent between brands and sizes have changed through the years. This will ensure the items you purchase fit.
- Some shoppers also like to bring an eraser to test silver items.
- Find out store policies on markdowns, holds and the methods of payment your Goodwill® accepts. If policies aren’t posted, ask the sales staff about them.
- At Goodwill Outlet stores, merchandise is generally rotated multiple times per day with an even more robust rotation. Merchandise is often times displayed in lots and in bulk. These lots rotate in a first-in first-out rotation and items are generally purchased by the pound. Some Goodwills offer discounts on the price per pound when you purchase larger volumes. If you’re looking for treasures, Outlets provide a great chance to find a treasure for cheap if you’re willing to dig a little.
Store Sale Days
Monday: Happy Hour- all clothing 50% off from 12 pm – close
Tuesday: Senior Citizen Day – Seniors 55 and older receive 25% off everything but pink, purple and orange tags
Goodwill Bookstores offer gently used books in good condition, all handpicked from donations. All books are cleaned, then fiction books are alphabetized and non-fiction books are categorized. The children’s room has over 5,000 categorized books, along with a section for board-games and jigsaw puzzles. There is a categorized media room with blockbuster movies on VHS & DVD, books on cassette and CD, video games, software, and music CD’s. The Goodwill Bookstores offers over 30,000 books and videos with a rotation of over 500 new titles stocked daily. Some of the categories offered are:
- Florida regional
- Native American
- Novelty items like scrapbooks, journals, stationery, school supplies, and photo albums
- Mad Monday 33% off all books
- Tuesday Senior day 25%off everything to seniors of 55
- Wonderful Wednesday 25% off everything to everyone
(Each Goodwill store has a book section. Visit our Bookstores for the best selections and unique finds)
1943 Thomasville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
GW Fashions & Bookstore
2729 Capital Circle Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Monday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Bucklake Bookstore & Donation Center
3111 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Monday-Saturday 10:00AM- 7:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM- 5:00PM
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