Salinas, CA, July 20, 2020 - The year 2020 has brought unforeseeable changes as a global virus dramatically altered the way we all live. But through it all we have found solace in ordinary activities that provide a sense of comfort.
Those activities include shopping — and helping a community thrive by supporting the ongoing mission of Goodwill Central Coast. Safely and patiently shopping at your local Goodwill store helps job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence.
And in the process shoppers can dive into a treasure trove of items — all at bargain prices. Goodwill has found that donations have increased dramatically since the pandemic began, as the community has looked to effectively downsize and declutter.
Shoppers at Goodwill Central Coast stores may notice some changes made as part of important safety measures. Face masks are required, of course, and shoppers should follow social distancing guidelines.
Goodwill will limit the number of shoppers at one time, so a queue will often form outside each store. Goodwill urges shoppers to show patience — and will reward a lucky few who maintain composure in support of this policy.
When it comes to shopping, how do bargain hunters find new treasures and still stay safe? Goodwill Central Coast offers the following tips:
Seniors, students and members of the military receive 10 percent off purchases when shopping Monday through Wednesday.
The slowest time of the day is normally after lunchtime until Goodwill stores close (check www.ccgoodwill.org as hours frequently change due to COVID-19).
Follow the markers on the floor designed to improve traffic flow and create social distancing.
Shop in zones (Goodwill stores have separated housewares and clothing, for example).
For those who remain uncomfortable shopping in person, Goodwill reminds them to shop on the nonprofit’s e-commerce site at www.shopgoodwill.com. More than 130 Goodwill organizations from across the country list and auction unique items on the site. Each day the Salinas e-commerce team alone ships 400 to 500 items, from gold jewelry to clothing, musical instruments and more.
Through this avenue, shoppers can enjoy what Goodwill calls “guilt-free retail therapy,” knowing every purchase supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping items out of landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901