The Goodwill, Berkeley is mighty convenient if you’re heading down University Ave on your way to class at Cal, or maybe you’re on your way to your writing group led by Cecile Moochnek – either way, you’re awfully close to this thrift, so you may as well find a parking space (something golden in Berkeley) and go in. Perhaps it’s the fact that there aren’t a ton of thrift stores in this town, which is somewhat surprising, but it sure seems like a lot of good stuff ends up here looking for a second chance. You’ll likely encounter lots of clothing, smaller furniture pieces, and a boat load of housewares.
As I’ve discussed before, the Goodwill stores have a contract with Target to sell off their overstock, so you’re likely to encounter quite a few items that have made their way here from a Target store. I’ve been amazed at the interesting things that I’ve found at this store. And, isn’t it better to shop second-hand? To help the less fortunate in our communities and put our dollars to work helping them? That’s the lovely thing about thrifting. We’re not only just shopping, but we’re helping the non-profits, like Goodwill, spread good will. And, this is something that really fits in well with the values in Berkeley. Thrifting helps people not buy into the conspicuous consumption that is de riguer at the Mall. So, why not park your car and head into the Goodwill store and see if you can find something unique and fun and allow your dollars to provide revenue to a non-profit thrift store.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 – 6
Proceeds go to those with workplace disadvantages and disabilities through job training and retraining, job placement and employment