Thrift Store Review: Goodwill Cartersville

Cartersville is an unfortunate little city about 35 miles up I-75 from Atlanta.  They have all the major chain stores and you can get pretty much anything, but there’s little else to offer as far as entertainment.  The beautiful forests of Red Top Mountain which is wrapped by Lake Allatoona are the only reason to ever visit.  While you’re visiting you can stop by a pretty nice Goodwill located on Joe Frank Harris Parkway (better known as Highway 41).

In addition to the traditional Goodwill store, this location has a career center inside.  In a tiny city like Cartersville, I’m sure it’s greatly needed.  This is a reason I love to support Goodwill stores; if me buying used stuff very cheaply helps people get jobs, it’s the ultimate win-win.

The building is surprisingly new and nicely designed.

The building is surprisingly new and nicely designed.

The retail store is well maintained and organized.  There’s a jewelry counter, aisles of clothing (sorted by color), a vast collection of books, decent sporting section, classic Goodwill wall of tube televisions, nice sized children’s section and even a fair amount of couches and reclining chairs.  In the clothing section I noticed a huge pile of bras, which I can’t imagine anyone buying.  I feel like those, along with socks and underwear, are not things you buy used, even for a cheap bastard like me.

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The important things I look for in a Goodwill include the selection, organization, cleanliness, access to bathrooms/changing rooms, the staff and, of course, their prices.  As I said, the selection and organization were great based on the other Goodwills I’ve been in.  The store was very clean and didn’t have that stale, dusty smell that some stores just can’t get rid of.  The bathrooms and changing rooms were clean, accessible and there were more than enough to accommodate customers on even a busy day.  All but one staff member provided excellent service.  The only one lacking was a woman who apparently went on break early and decided to talk to the only other cashier, causing a slight delay in me checking out.  Even so, I can’t really complain; if I was a cashier in Cartersville I’d probably do the same thing.  I typically base prices on the going rate of a t-shirt.  The shirts here went for $2.99, which is fair for Goodwill.  Sometimes they can sell for around $5, which is just too much (unless it’s an incredible shirt like this or this).

Overall, I’d definitely recommend stopping here.  I wouldn’t recommend coming to Cartersville, though.  Actually, rent a kayak, go explore the lake and hike Red Top mountain, then go to this Goodwill.  You’ll have fun; I guarantee it.

This Goodwill gets 8/10 used linen suits despite its location.

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