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How to shop safely and smartly at Goodwill during the pandemic

How to shop safely and smartly at Goodwill during the pandemic

The pandemic has dramatically altered lives and lifestyles across the world. Nearly 2 million have lost their lives, and millions more their livelihoods.

When it comes to the economic fallout from COVID-19, shopping safely and smartly becomes a huge priority. Goodwill Central Coast can help. Its 16 stores and outlets have never been more stocked with stylish and sustainable items priced well below conventional stores.

What’s more, your purchases help build a stronger community, helping put your friends and neighbors back to work through Goodwill’s employment programs.

But just how do you shop during a pandemic?

First, it’s always wise to check store hours before heading out the door. In order to preserve the safety of associates and the customer — operating hours are often modified. Second, shop from the safety and comfort of your own home through Goodwill’s convenient online platform.Today, more than 130 Goodwill organizations from across the country list and auction unique items on shopgoodwill.com, the first e-commerce auction platform created, owned and operated by a nonprofit.

The Salinas team ships 400 to 500 items each day, from gold jewelry to clothing, musical instruments and more. The engaging site showcases new items and items leaving the gallery, it tracks a Hot 50, entices buyers with coupon codes and offers shipping deals as low as 1 cent.

Nationwide, Goodwill has generated more than $560 million in online sales since launching the site in 1999.

But let’s be honest. There’s nothing like scouring the racks of a thrift store in search of the perfect secondhand item, knowing that you’re scoring something that isn’t contributing to the “fast fashion” industry.

The clothing industry follows only the oil industry as the second largest polluter. Because this inexpensive clothing is produced at a rapid pace, it has become known as “fast fashion.”

Conversely, every purchase at Goodwill supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping items out of landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.

Shopping at Goodwill is one of the best ways to reduce the impact of a shopping habit (second to not shopping at all). So if there’s anything you’re searching for, don’t be afraid to buy it at Goodwill, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. And remember, Goodwill employees always practice all hygienic protocols recommended by health professionals.

If you plan to shop at a Goodwill Central Coast store, here are a few tips that may prove helpful:

  • Before heading out, keep in mind two or three items that you’re searching for to help limit the number of aisles you need to roam.
  • Once you’re in the store, do your best to be efficient, limit your time indoors, and maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other customers.
  • You may consider bringing a reusable tote bag to carry out your purchases.
  • Visit during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).

For comprehensive COVID-19 resources and updates, visit the opens in a new windowCDC website. If you are experiencing anxiety about the virus, seek out mental health support from your provider or visit opens in a new windowNAMI.org.