WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Goodwill Industries' good reputation seems to be spreading. According to spokeswoman Becky Lytle, the old reputation as a "hand-me-down" shop is long gone. Now, stores are seeing people from all walks of life walk through their doors.
The line at the checkout counter inside the Kerr Ave. store in Wilmington was comparable to that at many big box outlets on Black Friday.
Lytle says ever since the economy turned, people from all classes and races have focused on saving, and there are no steeper discounts than those at Goodwill.
The stores are donation-based and all clothing, appliances and merchandise are inspected before hitting the racks. It's not uncommon to find items that still have their price tags.
Goodwill sends all of its proceeds back to the store. Sales create new jobs, adult and student support programs, and recently a free online Microsoft training site.
A new store in Leland is expected to open in June of 2011, located off Highway 17 next to the Harris Teeter.
To access the computer training sponsored by Goodwill, head to: www.gcflearnfree.org.
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