Top 10 Items People Shop For At Goodwill

Goodwill Shoes and PursesPeople shop for many different items at thrift stores. We asked our fans on Facebook what they shop for at Goodwill and assembled a list of the top 10 items people love to buy here. If you need any of those, you know you’ll probably find them at one of our stores!

So without further ado, here are the top 10 items bought at Goodwill of Orange County locations. The best thing, apart from you getting what you want at great prices, is that every purchase helps people who are facing barriers to get and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride and dignity.


  1. Purses
    Top designers or not – Goodwill stores have an abundance of beautiful purses in great shape. Take advantage of the opportunity if you’re not yet doing so.
  2. Shoes
    If you’re not comfortable wearing used shoes, don’t fret! Most shoes at the store are only slightly worn and still look brand new. Others actually are brand new. The selection is huge and it’s almost impossible to leave a store without a great shoe find.
  3. High-waist shorts
    Needless to say that fashion is in the top 5. Goodwill stores are full of clothes for every taste. Now that it’s summer, shorts are moving fast!
  4. Skirts
    Skirts are moving fast, too. It’s still summer! Come and get some great deals while looking fashionably chic!
  5. Scarves
    Fashion scarves are always a great idea, even during summer. Check out our OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin; it has awesome, high end accessories.
  6. Costumes
    Especially during Halloween time, Goodwill stores offer a large variety of costumes and costume accessories. Usually, costumes are worn only once, so they’re really as good as new. No wonder shoppers love to come to Goodwill to find great deals. When you shop at Goodwill for your costumes, you can take costume creation to another level, though! There are so many unique items available that you can put your own costume together, without breaking bank.
  7. Furniture
    Furniture is especially interesting for those looking for DIY projects. There is so much you can do with an old shelf or set of drawers. If you’re not into fixing up furniture, you can find great sets of furniture at low prices at Goodwill ready to add to your home.
  8. Pottery/Dishes
    Most Goodwill locations have a vast array of dishes, china, pottery and glassware. Often, full sets are sold at incredible prices. Next time you’re looking to fill your kitchen shelves, check out Goodwill first. Our recommendation: Keepers in Lake Forest. It almost exclusively sells nice items for the home – housewares comprise a large part of them.
  9. Unique Goodies
    How many times do you visit a Goodwill store and purchase a special treasure? You take it home and add it to your collection or even start a new collection. Visiting a Goodwill store is a treasure hunt where you don’t actually find this unique item but it finds you.
  10. Toys
    Finally, there’s something for the kids at unbeatable prices! Most toys are in great condition and very reasonably priced. If your kids don’t like to go shopping with you, toys are always a good way to “entice” them to come. Buying an extra toy of their choice as a reward for coming won’t cost you more than a couple of dollars. Taking your kids to Goodwill can also double-serve as a teaching experience. Connect the shopping experience to a teaching moment and show your kids how to support a charity.

What are your favorite items to shop for at Goodwill? Do you fall within the top 10 categories or do you have something to add to the list?

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