Buying clothes by the pound

By Kristen Miranda - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It looks different than your average Goodwill store, and it has to be shopped ina different way.

However, with a little patience, regular shoppers say they can get serious deals.

"I buy 20 to 30 pieces every time I come and really how much it costs depends on how heavy it is," said frequent shopper Tammy Carpenter.

That's because the clothes at the Goodwill Outlet on Freedom Drive are sold by the pound.  One pound of clothes costs each shopper $1.39.

We have 100 tables full of clothes and we turn them over twice a day.  That means every five minutes, essentially, there's a new table coming out onto the floor," said Bo Hussey with Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont.

The items not sold after four weeks in more than a dozen regular Goodwill stores come to the Outlet.   They're all piled into big bins with no rhyme or reason as to how they're organized.  It takes patience to shop here.

On the other side of the store, household items like furniture, plates and books, sell for 50% off the marked price.

Jim Perkins visits the store several times each week.

"I have to say I am addicted," Perkins said.

Goodwill tries to keep as many of the donated items as possible out of local landfills.

That's why any clothes that don't sell at the Goodwill Outlet are then bundled up and sold to outside vendors to use as cleaning rags, or as stuffing for furniture.

For more information about the Freedom Drive Outlet Store, click here.