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What do snowflakes have in common with Goodwill stores? Each one is unique!

February 10, 2011

Erin L. HubbsI shouldn’t be giving up all of my best thrifting secrets, but this one is too good to keep to myself. If you have children, one of the very best place to find deals on boutique and designer kids gear is the Cornelius Goodwill.

This Hanna Andersson sweater is too big for my daughter right now, but in spring 2012, she’ll be all set!

Sure, all Goodwill locations have roughly the same offerings: gently used clothing, furniture, textiles … the list goes on. But there is something different — almost magical — about the selection of kids clothes at the Cornelius store.

Without even trying too hard, I find pieces from Zutano, Le Top, Cornelloki and Hanna Andersson at the store off Catawba Avenue. And, most of the time, the finds are in near-perfect condition. The selection of Lands End and Gap offerings run deep at this location too. That is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time, since I am prone to shopping ahead, sometimes a little too much.

I couldn’t resist buying these Zutano separates. My kids aren't in baby clothes, but I’ll find a good home for these adorable pieces that were simply too cute to pass up!

I was so taken with a mess of perfect Gymboree dresses and tops in a size 5 at the Cornelius store a few years ago, I snatched up every piece, even though my daughter was three at the time. It looked as if the collection came out of a pint-sized fashionista’s closet and was hung on the Goodwill rack — how could I pass that up? Especially at $2.49 a piece?

I’m not quite sure what makes this location such a hotbed for kiddie couture. I’ve heard from other Goodwill shoppers that certain other stores are best for designer shoes, high end furniture and great jewelry.

Do you shop different Goodwill locations for specific things? Which is your favorite store for vintage linens? How about great dishes or books?

-Rachel Sutherland


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