Goodwill’s thrift store in Long Island City, New York is a thrifter’s paradise minus the organized racks and shelves you usually see in a conventional thrift store.
Thrifters from all over New York (and out-of-state) flock to this specific location for clothing, accessories, footwear, and small furniture sold by the pound at dirt cheap prices. All items are sourced from Goodwill’s massive network of New York thrift stores that tap into the aesthetic of each neighborhood it resides in.
By the Pound
I specifically focused on clothing and accessories prices by the pound displayed below. Call Goodwill at (718) 392-0125 to find more information on how much small furniture cost by the pound.
Textiles by the Pound:
0-49 lbs / $1.99 lb
Over 50 lbs / $1.69 lb
Accessories by the Pound:
0-49 lbs / $2.09/lb
Over 50 lbs / $1.79 lb
Rules of Engagement
There are four to five thrift sessions held seven days a week (Mon-Sun): 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. But, how is a thrift session conducted at this Goodwill location you ask? Well, I’ll tell you this, it’s kind of like a shopping spree on steroids. I would of recorded the frenzy, but the security guard warned me that cameras are not prohibited inside.
Thrifters queue behind a small yellow/black line taped to the floor at the front of the store. You cannot cross the yellow/black line, and must stay within the parameters of this makeshift yellow/black line box. The security guard is on point, and really enforces the “line rule.” Goodwill employees roll out each blue bin covered with a large blanket (to minimize hype) and place them in long rows. A Goodwill employee gives a brief warning to all thrifters in regard to no running, pushing, or fighting (yes, people do this), then says “You can now go,” and the mad thrift dash begins.
The Thrift Session
I must say though, this location is like a gladiator ring with every man, woman and child for themselves - with duffel bags, black trash bags, large sacks and the likes in hand. The allure of large blue bins with dirt cheap items is too strong to resist, let alone shop like a sane person.
You must be on your P’s and Q’s when thrifting here, and I mean it. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you want to come out successful during your thrift session:
Wear gloves and carry hand sanitizer because items are sometimes dusty.
Find a way to tie the bag around you with it open toward you to free up both hands.
If you’re lucky you can get a shopping cart, but it may slow you down during the thrift frenzy.
Bring a friend to amplify your thrift session (the more friends the better).
Be ready to stuff massive amounts of clothes into your bag, to later sift through in your rack or corner. Thrifters will “dog” the blue bins, leaving you with nothing to search through, trust me.
After you’ve sifted through your thrift pile, head right back to the yellow/black line at the front of the store. Thrifters shop on their feet, meaning they move very fast from picking pieces to sifting - where you will already see them back at the yellow/black line.
Saturdays are insane where as Sundays are chill with less people.
Goodwill Outlet - Long Island City
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