Pinellas County

Goodwill Hunting: The thrill of extreme thrifting

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) - It's not unusual to spot Steve Stevens parked in the Goodwill parking lot on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg at 4:30 on any given morning.

The outlet store doesn't open for two and half more hours, but he doesn't care. He wants to make sure he gets a good spot.

As the clock ticks, the line starts to grow.

Is it Black Friday? No, it's Tuesday, May 1. Just another day of extreme thrifting that's about to begin at the store.

So, why so early?

Those who are not familiar with the Goodwill Outlet store may not realize, on any given day, it can be a picker's dream, or a nightmare.

The store, about the size of a dollar store, is filled with racks and bins of clothes, child's toys, kitchen utensils, you name it.

The stuff is sold by the pound, so depending on what you find and buy, you can pay pennies on the dollar.

Jennifer Fleming explains, you can find just about anything there.

"We're talking clothing for $1.29 a pound, all kinds of housewares," said Fleming. "Really anything we have in the regular Goodwill retail store could make its way here. "

And it does.

Chip Osowski will have much more on this story and how thrifters seek to make a bigger buck for their purchase Tuesday at 5 p.m. on News Channel 8.


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