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Friday, December 30, 2011

Behind the Scenes at Goodwill

I had the privilege of meeting with the marketing team at Goodwill on Wednesday and touring their facility in Grandview! One of the things we discussed the Grand Opening of their new High St. store which they asked me to be a part of! I am so excited! The current High St. location is moving just a little bit south at Hudson and High in the old Blockbuster building. The new store is going to be amazing so I hope you will all come out for the Grand Opening event on Saturday January 21st.
The meeting just made me even more aware at what incredible company Goodwill is. For people like us when we think about Goodwill we most likely think of their great retail stores but for thousands of disabled and less fortunate people in our communities the name Goodwill means so much more! I got a chance to tour the facility and saw so much good being done in that building!
The third floor of the building houses 25 disabled adults that need assistance. They also have 24 hr. on call service for individuals with disabilities who live at home. They have job assistance and job training. They even have a computer program for the blind. There are all kinds of programs for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. They have a gym and a trainer to help people get healthy and reduce medical bills. They have a whole area for older adults with developmental disabilities to do activities or they can earn money by working in the distribution center. They basically will help anyone who has any kind of barrier! Amazing! And the best part is that all of the money that goes into Goodwill Columbus stays in Columbus to help people in our community!

Here are some photos I took on my tour of the facility:
 This is the Goodwill Columbus headquarters and distribution center

 This chart helps the workers size items that are not labeled
 You just have to lay the item in the right area and measure from shoulder to shoulder
 This is Connie- a supervisor in the distribution center. She gave me the full tour! Thanks Connie!
 Tagging a Banana Republic sweater
 This fixture helps the workers get the tags on the clothing and not their fingers
 Connie demonstrating how the fixture works
 This is how they sort the clothing.

 One of the jobs is to sort hangers
 The workers get paid by how many items they tag. Each bag hold 20 tags. This helps them keep track! 

 This is the children's sorting area

Ahh! This makes me want to dig!
 All of the clothing gets put on rolling racks after they are sized and tagged and they are wrapped and put on the trucks to be taken to the stores.
 This is the break room/ dining facility/ dance hall

And because I know you always want to know... here is what I wore to the meeting (all thrift, of course!)

 jacket: Express via Goodwill $3.99
blouse: Goodwill $3.49
skirt: Volunteers of America $2.99
shoes: goodwill $3.99
earrings: gift $0
Total Cost: $14.46

A big thank you to Leslie, Amy, and Vivian at Goodwill for having me! I am so excited to work with you!

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  1. That´s such a cool opportunity!!! Great outfit, loving the cost too!

    Happy New Year dear! xx

  2. i think that's great that you got to go and see how things happen behind the scenes. i know some people feel funny about buying their clothes at the goodwill, but with all the community assistance they provide (plus the low prices on good stuff), that's what makes me feel good about getting so much stuff there!

  3. I have to start by saying...that is one of my favorite outfits yet!!! I LOVE everything about it!!

    I agree that it's so incredibly cool you had the privilege to see what takes place behind the scenes! It appears quite fascinating in photos so I can imagine the experience in person must have been that much more impressive!

    I, personally, am a Goodwill shopper. I am a fan of the Morse Road store. It's incredibly clean and well organized. The folks who work their have personality! Aside from the usual clothing and home decor I buy most of my books there!! I teach Preschool, more specifically three year olds, and the prices on books can't be beat! I also take advantage of books for myself and my boys...again, the prices are fab!

    I look forward the Grand Opening of the new store! I hope I can make it...I think it would be a neat event to attend!

  4. Lovely as usual! Where did you get that bag? Love it!

  5. Very cool post. I always wanted to see how they went about the sorting, sizing and pricing process. And it's so great to read how the proceeds benefit members of the community.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

  6. Thanks Marie! That's so funny because that's what I always say about the Goodwill on Morse Rd! They crack me up!


  7. Khola- Shoot I forgot to list the purse! It is from Goodwill. I got it for $1.99 which I couldn't believe! Even the cashier said she thought it should have been prices higher!

  8. Wow, this is so cool that you got to see this! Love your outfit. A full outfit less than 15$? Thrifting is the best!

  9. I love getting to see the behind the scenes...I always wondered how they sized things that didn't have tags on them! And of course your thrifted outfit is lovely

  10. WOW!! What an amazing post. Thank you for sharing!!

  11. Hi dear, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, your blog is lovely and I have to say I love these pictures, you look wonderful and your outfit rocks, Goodwill is the best. Your blog is lovely by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

  12. I'm new to your blog...I just moved this year from Ohio to North Carolina...please tell your Ohio Goodwill store to teach North Carolina Goodwill how to sort by color AND size. They only sort by color and I find it a huge waste of time and very aggravating. I prefer to be happy when I thrift, not grumpy. Thanks for any help you can give.

  13. So cool to know the behind the scenes! Love that blazer of yours!