if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ve come to find that i’m a big goodwill fan. not just of shopping their stores to find that *one* (or 2 or 10) unique item(s), but also of their mission statement of helping individuals achieve independence & dignity through work.
i attended the grand reopening of their renovated south boston store yesterday (thanks again, melissa, for the invitation!) & was impressed with the bright look, spacious layout & the new goodwill branding, even though i’ve never been to the store before. you could tell by the response of the staff there, they were very proud of their like-new space. even the president & CEO of goodwill, joanne hilferty, was there & gave a very passionate & enthusiastic speech about the work that goodwill does. see that book she’s holding? it’s the south boston’s business ledger from 1922…yes 1922!…that described the store’s operating costs was $50 a day. incredible! what history goodwill has in the boston area!
after the ribbon cutting & chatting with the directors & staff members, it was time to shop! even though i’ve been feeling all shopped out lately, i can never resist treasure hunting at goodwill! i was thoroughly impressed with the shelf displays, especially with the housewares. tell me that you wouldn’t think any of these items were from home goods or pier one? had i any room in my house, i would have *definitely* taken home those blue & white ginger jars!
all in in all, it was a great time as usual with goodwill & blogger friends. of course, i discovered a few special clothing & jewelry items that i can’t wait to wear. i even found friend & founder of bow & drape, aubrie’s, BCBG coat which had fallen between the racks that i *almost* bought! whew…close call!
disclaimer: i was given a very generous 50% shopping discount by goodwill but the heartfelt opinions are 100% my own ^_^