Goodwill Auction Site Makes Shopping Easy

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Did you know that Goodwill stores had an online shopping site? Neither did we.

Launched in 1999 by Goodwill of Orange County, ShopGoodwill.com offers eBay-style auctions of items from participating Goodwill stores around the country. Much like the brick-and-mortar locations, the site is a great source for hidden gems, from antiques to vintage clothes.

The twist is that unlike traditional Goodwill stores, the site uses an online auction model. Yet, due to the site’s comparatively low profile, items that would attract considerable attention on eBay are more likely to fly under the radar—and that means lower prices.

For bargain hunters wary of digging through bins and braving the occasional chaos of their local Goodwill, the site can be a especially useful. And despite the predictably Spartan design of the site, its organization and advanced search functions make it easy to find items. Much like eBay, the cost of shipping varies by item, and there is a 7-day return policy. Because all sellers are Goodwill organizations, there is no risk of being defrauded by a seller.

Here’s a quick roundup of a few auctions that were open at the time of this posting:

1873 Leather Holy Bible (Current bid: $6)
Set of 5 NHL Collectable Figurines (Current bid: $6) 
M. Julian Wilson Black Leather Jacket (Current bid: $7)
Darth Vader Stein and Mask (Current bid: $5)
6-String Acoustic Guitar (Current bid: $8)
Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace and Earring Set (Current bid: $9)
W.H. Grindley Milan China Serving Platter (Current bid: $5) 
Atari 5200 Game Console (Current bid: $18.86)

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