Shoppers seeing new faces at secondhand stores

Both Goodwill and St. Vinnie's are accepting donations again.

Posted: May 27, 2020 7:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Thrift stores in our area have reopened, satisfying a need for those who can't afford to buy things at full retail price.

The Goodwill on Green Acres has implemented new restrictions to keep things above board since reopening May 1.

The thrift store has also started allowing donations again, and company officials at the corporate level said they've been overwhelmed with the community support.

Shoppers who frequent the Goodwill and other secondhand stores in our area like St. Vinnie's said it's been a lifeline having them back open. 

"A lot of us poorer people, this is our main shopping for furniture, for things for our kitchen, for clothing," said Sherry McMillan, a frequent shopper. "Most of my furniture comes from here. I have seen a lot of new faces that aren't regular customers here and I go to all the St. Vinnie's in town, Springfield and Eugene."

Others noticed the opposite, saying they've seen a slow down.

"It seems like there are fewer people generally than before (coronavirus) came down, but everybody is keeping their distance and wearing masks and I feel safe," said Goodwill shopper Edgar Darwin.

Goodwill requires all employees and customers to wear masks -- the employees actually wear full face shields in some cases. Dressing rooms are also closed and one-way traffic is encouraged with arrows on the ground.

Both Goodwill and St. Vinnie's are accepting donations again.

Goodwill sets all donations aside for 72 hours before they hit the shelves.

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