GOODWILL THRIFT STORE, Minot ND

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GOODWILL THRIFT STORE, Minot ND

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm

There are 6 Thrift Stores in Minot ND and I will blogg about each of them in the next few weeks, this will be post 1 of 6. Each store has it's strong points and I will do my best to point them out. This one is our families favorite for the following reasons.

1) It's the cleanest and brightest lit.

2) It's the best run.

3) The tags a color coded and each color rotates as a special from one week to the next.

4) Things are usually priced fairly.

Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm

Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm

Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm Goodwill Thrift Store by Bob Timm

I apologize for the blurry pictures , I was trying out a new camera and had not figured out the settings yet. Hopefully you can still tell that this is a thrift store that covers about everything including clothes, household, toys, books and media, furnature, a little bit of sporting goods and seasonal items.

The color tag system works great. There are about 10 colors and two of the colors are on sale every week. One of the colors will be any clothing item with that tag color is for a dollar (no matter what it is) and the other color tag is any item in the store for 50% off including clothing with that color of a tag. Enjoy!

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

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Rainmaker
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
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Bob, Great localism post!  Good thrift stores are fun!

Jan 30, 2011 02:21 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Tony, Thrift stores are mine and Carols Saturday morning pleasure.

Jan 30, 2011 02:47 PM #4
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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Is it true great minds think alike?  I am putting together several blogs about thrift and consignment shops here at the Jersey Shore!  In this economy, every wants to know where to get a deal!  Good post Bob. 

Jan 30, 2011 09:40 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Laura, the saying must be true! I look forward to seeing what a thrift store looks like out side of North Dakota.

Jan 30, 2011 11:02 PM #6
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
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Morning Bob, this is certainly a good Localism posts and a great way to support the community. 

Jan 31, 2011 12:30 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks Barbara! The only problem is that it creates more competition for me when I'm shopping for bargains.

Jan 31, 2011 12:39 AM #8
Anonymous
I just can't belive it!!!

I live in Minot, and I must say our "Goodwill" thrift store and our "Boys Ranch" thrift stores are REDICKULIOUS!!! and I think they should be ashamed of themselves really. When people think "Thrift Store" what comes to mind most??....I'd say cheap,bargains,things priced under $20 but nope not Minot's thrift stores they price all or over half there stuff just as much if not more for then a retail store does it upsets me and it's wrong and I really think something needs to be done about it!! Thrift stores are where people that cant afford to go shop at a retail store and yet still find some pretty nice things for themselves and there family members from infants- seniors from pot's "N" pans to odds "N" ends. Oh yeah our Minot Thrift Stores has all that but the only thing is your better off going and buying it bran new for the price they put on things, It's sad because our town of Minot flooded this past summer and lots and lots of people have lost there homes and not only there homes but EVERYTHING IN IT AS WELL, so where is a good place you think you can go to maybe find a few things that won't cost to much.....? A person thinks oh yeah lets check out the "Thrift Stores" we should be able to find some pretty good deals there, but much to my surprised I was better off going to walmart or something cause the prices were out rages it made me sick and sad!! Minot is a wonderful place to live and we are surrounded with alot of good folks but as far as out Thrift Stores go I really think they have forgotten the meaning behind "THRIFT STORES" and I really hope somebody that has a say See's what myself and I'm pretty sure so many other people see to. Thank You for allowing me to leave my comment and I really hope the rite person reads it and makes some changes.      

                                    A Proud resident of Minot,ND

   

Jan 15, 2012 11:21 PM #9
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Dear Proud Resident. The above post is now 2 years old and there has clearly been some major changes in Minot due to the flood and to the huge amount of oil money coming in. Since this post we have lost two thrift stores in town (building bridges, and The Seventh Day Adventist Family Center). One of the stores we lost gave away clothing and also had the lowest prices... it closed due to lack of use.

I still believe that Goodwill, as stated above, "Things are usually priced fairly". Usually obviously means not always. I have found that if you point out something is way off they may consider your input (if you are not constantly haranguing them every time you come in). Also keep in mind that they are very conscious about rotating stock and every item in the store will be 1/2 price if it is not purchased with-in a reasonable time frame.

As far as The Dakota Boys Ranch pricing goes I do find that I need to "LOOK" for bargins there. That being said I usually do find something.

The ReStore and The Salvation Army remain excellent stores to shop. I would like to point out that The Salvation Army has and continues to make many items available at no charge to flood victims.

Like yourself, we are very budget minded and also shop Kmart and Walmart as well as the two dollar stores in town. One last note on those dollar stores... for years we have loved The Dollar Mart (part of Marketplace Foods) but the new manager is so "bitchy" and has brought in items priced more then a dollar that we are starting to shop The Dollar Tree first and check at Dollar Mart only as a second alternative. 

Jan 16, 2012 02:24 AM #10
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Raumie Marie Goettle

Hello I just wanted to post a quick note about our Good Will in Minot, ND. I went there Yesterday with my two girls and I must say it was pretty spendy for the few things I had bought. I bought 2pairs of women's jeans witch were $ 6.00 a peace, a toy phone that was $ 2.99, a shirt that was $ 3.50 and a pair of shoes for my youngest that is 2 and I paid $ 3.50 for them also I bought swimsuit bottoms that were 2.50 and two leap frog books W/cartridge and they were 2.99 a piece. and those few things all together was $30 or more. Idk but if you ask me that's a bit much and also I was looking at a swimsuit for my self and they had $ 8.00 on it I ask the lady working if they would take $ 4 for it and she told me NO! I couldn't believe it!! Yes by that point I was so up set. and I'm not sure but I think they are the only one's in town that don't have a bag sale witch I thought was odd. Well Thank You for having a place to leave a  comment.             

                                                                    

                                                          THANKS, RG.

Jan 22, 2012 12:17 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

RG. I was there on Saturday and was also disapointed. They have two signs up saying videos 99 cents. I brought one to the counter and she demanded it was 1.99. I also brought up a pair of pants that were marked $10.00 (very high for any thrift store) but it had a green tag on it which was the color code for 50% off last week. The lady at the counter insisted that they were $10.00 and were exempt from the 50% off sale. I will say they have some new employees there and I hope they will get into the spirit of thrift storing soon or we will stop supporting them with both our dollars and our donations.

Jan 23, 2012 11:35 AM #12
Anonymous
Raumie

Bob, Thank You! for responding to the comment I had left I do appreciate it :) It's a good feeling to know that somebody that has a little pull recognizes and seen what I seen and see. It saddens me to know that at a time when our community needs them the most they have failed to deliver the definition behind the word " Good Will " and if I may add it's not just that store "The Dakota Boy's Ranch" Store is just as bad. I was there a few weeks ago  and an employee of there's had told me that her boss jacks up all the prices so that they can make some kind of Money Deadline at the end of every month and if they do they get a raise, now I know there are Greedy people in our world but I think there is a time and a place and this my Friend is Not the Time nor the Place! So with that being said I do hope you are able to pull some strings and get the rite people involved and turn things around cause their are alot of people out there in need. Thank You again Bob and I hope we have a good outcome out of what I have shared.

 

                                                                                      THANKS, RG.

Jan 24, 2012 09:09 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

RG. You give me more credit then I deserve as having any pull however I do know somebody that is in authority over there and I intend to send him a link to this blog post about the store.

Jan 26, 2012 01:16 AM #14
Anonymous
Raumie

That sounds good Bob. I'll have to keep my eye out for a post from them, I am a little curious as to what they will have to say, once again Bob Thanks for allowing me to post. I do hope we see some kind of change :)

 

                                                                                        THANKS, RG.

Jan 30, 2012 08:49 AM #15
Anonymous
Brenda Collins

wow they sound pretty pricy but they are all like that even in dickinson   they blame rummagesale for takeing away from them but any way  I was going to go when in minot and look for some kitchen chairs  I need four of them  really can't aford top dollar so thought i'd check out the thrift stores   sorry to say i might have to change my mind on that  would be cheaper to save up the money and buy them new  sad really.

May 16, 2012 02:57 PM #16
Anonymous
susyn

i have an antiques, collectible, junk shop and have been wondering about minot.  i have truely fine things, vintage collectibles 1/2 of any ook value and then just plain old household and needful things cheap. should i relocate to minot?

Jun 04, 2012 12:20 AM #17
Anonymous
Bob the Realtor

Susyn, I believe you would do well in Minot but I don't know where you are now. It's possible that you are located in a "hub" for antiques and collectables that is a better market then Minot. The cost of locating here may also be cost prohibitive. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will see that residential and retail space is at a unreasonable price. Before you jump please do some research as I would not want you to be upset with me by finding you would sell twice the inventory but had quadruple the overhead.

Jun 05, 2012 11:28 PM #18
Anonymous
RG

Please do come to Minot susyn we could use some new places to shop that's for sure, and that are a little more realistic when it comes to pricing. I wonder how long it's been since Bob has been into our GoodWill or Dakota Boys Ranch stores here in Minot? Well I would really love for him to take a peek I honestly believe he will emberessed and upset at the prices. I mean 7.50 for a used sun dress that's what I paid two days ago at the GoodWill (it makes me very sad) so Mr. Bob if you do get a chance again please do go have a look see and if you would maybe ask them if they would be willing to go down on the price of something and see what they say I think you will be very very surprised. Im not trying to mix up any trouble I just feel that the resources that are out there for everybody not just the needy or low income are being taken Advantage of and I'm sorry but I'm going to keep posting until I see some change even a little bit of a change would be awesome. I stop in each shop at least twice a week and I leave mad and upset every time so Bob if you read this soon I hope you feel up to the outing and leave me a little feed back:) hey and maybe it's just me and I'm just "CHEAP" but I really dout it lol. But we will see. HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY. - RG

Mar 28, 2013 11:30 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

RG,

Thanks for your comments. My wife and I hit all the thrift stores every Saturday in the winter. In the summer we go rummage saling. I still think the prices are rediculas at Goodwill and for the most part at The Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch store as well. We continue to go because every once in a while we do find a bargin there. Of course the main reason we still go is because there are no/few rummage sales in the winter. Hands down we love the ReStore. Best prices by a mile and they are always willing to listen to reason if something is priced to high.

Best wishes, Bob

Mar 31, 2013 11:54 PM #20
Anonymous
Sherry Norton

Hi Bob, I'm from SW lower Michigan near the state line with IN. . .we have some great Goodwill stores in our area. I was told that when the minimum wage goes up, so does
Goodwill prices (this from an employee), also, when Goodwill buys from regular stores,
the prices are supposed to be 1/2 of that stores prices. . .yet stuff from the dollar
section from Target will still cost $1.00, and many times the prices are more than 1/2
the original store price. Store prices between stores is not consistent. . .but oh well.
I still shop there. . .this week I bought a Ralph Lauren down filled queen comforter for
$15.00 & had a 20% off coupon. . .also got a Columbia queen size patchwork wool
quilt for $8.00 (cost me $29.00 for dry cleaning), still a great deal. I have bought
Keen shoes for the family anywhere from $4.00-16.00. I've been shopping Goodwill
for 50+ yrs. My first stop & fav store each week. Hubster & I are planning a trip out
west along route 2, so I will try to visit as many Smiling G's as I can. Nan Norton

Aug 12, 2016 06:23 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It's been 5 years now since my original post and I believe the pricing has improved here at the Minot store. If you have ever looked at Goodwill on Charity Checker you can see where all that money goes (and not much makes it to charity).

Aug 12, 2016 11:02 AM #22
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