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Thrift Store Review: Old Colorado City Goodwill

After (finally) visiting Bargain Mart for the first time, I headed to the Goodwill in Old Colorado City before stopping at Recess Consignment and This N That Thrift Store.

I should tell you that I am kind of prejudiced towards Goodwill – I think that they have the overall best thrift store shopping experience in town (prices, quality, cleanliness of stores, friendly employees).  And, I’ve been privileged to take a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities here in the Springs, and believe me: they do a whole lot more than just operate thrift stores!  They’re making an impact in a lot of people’s lives: people who often don’t have other people that care much about them.

Anyway. So, the Goodwill in Old Colorado City is just like the other Goodwill stores in the Springs: fabulous.  Great prices, good stuff, well-organized.  The one thing that is a drawback at this store is that it’s small.  They cram a lot of stuff into this small-ish location, and it can kind of feel crowded.  It didn’t bother me, but, probably not the place to bring in your huge double stroller.

This location also doesn’t have a ton of spaces in its parking lot, but there is street parking on 23rd Street.

On the day I was there, I snagged a $3 pair of little girls’ shoes in great condition – something I have a hard time finding at any thrift store.  I also snatched up two of these mirrors for around $12 each:

I bought them because I knew that if I didn’t, I would come home and kick myself for not buying them.  However, they are still leaning against my wall because I haven’t decided what to do with them, so maybe they weren’t such a wise choice.

I would say this Goodwill is a “destination” for clothing and housewares.  They don’t have much of a selection of books, shoes, or outdoor goods, but they did have a great amount of clothing and housewares.  And, they follow the same color tag schedule as the other stores in the Springs, with certain tags 30% off and 50% off every day!

A complete stranger was holding up a super-cute black-and-white checked jacket and waffling about whether or not to buy it.  I walked up and told her she should, and I think she thought I was a little weird.  She put it back on the rack and I wish I had bought it instead of the mirrors.

Oh well.

Store Information

Check out Carrie’s review of the Goodwill store on South Circle – she thinks it’s pretty close to shopping at JCPenney!

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM

Location: 2304 W. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
Phone: 719.633.8794

What do you like about this Goodwill location?

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  1. Le me know if you decide to sell those mirrors – seriously! I have the wall for them…and it’s lonely!

    My Hubby gave me a $25 gift certificate for Goodwill for Christmas, because I told him I really, really wanted one, and I can’t even begin to list all the stuff, not to mention all the fun I’ve had shopping with it! Their gift certificate system is a bit weird – you basically have a receipt piece of paper with credit on it, and if it gets too hot, it’s thermal paper, and will turn black and be void….so I’m hoping they’ll come up with something different at some point.

    Truly, we love Goodwill, and it helps our tight budget not feel like a straight jacket. :)

    (I’m not joking about the mirrors! ;) )

  2. I’ve only been to that location a time or two, but we were very happy with our finds. We were taking dance lessons and my husband got a great pair of dance shoes for super cheap. Have you ever priced those things out new?? Oh my word, they are expensive! And I found a dress that I love too.

  3. That is the location we love to shop when decorating. They have the best home deco stuff. We have bought original art work for $5 and $6. I don’t shop there if the kids are with me though because it is kinda small.

  4. I have only been to the Goodwill at Academy and I-25 and the one on Waynoka but I assume this one does the same thing. I can’t get past the way they sort their clothes by color instead of size! There is no way I’m going to look through every piece of clothing to find something. I like to be able to look at the smalls and get out. The Salvation Army and ARC are better organized. I’m always hopeful I’ll find some nice name-brand stuff but almost everything in the thrift stores around here is from Wal-mart or Target and could be bought brand new for an extra $1, and sometimes even less than the thrift price! Maybe you get luckier if you are looking for housewares or deco items. I have enough stuff.

    • I shop at the Goodwill on West Colorado all the time and love the clothes. I find tons of name brand… Loft, Express, AF, Jones New York… the finds are amazing and the people there are wonderful.

  5. In addition to the 30% and 50% off items each week, there is a color that is 75% off at Goodwill. It is the previous week’s 50% off. If you don’t remember or know the color, just ask one of the employees!

  6. I have to agree with Amy, I wish they’d arrange clothes by size (I usually shop at the Powers one too). I would check for pants in my size when I go in, but I don’t have the time or patience to dig through 4 or 5 racks of pants every time I stop in. Also, for the 75% off sale color, see if there’s a colored dot on the back of the register, that should be the sale color. Some of the stores also have a Mystery Monday sale.
    I have gotten tons of great housewares at Goodwill. My latest great find was a Butter Bell (www.butterbell.com) for less than $1.50 after military discount (and so far, it seems to be keeping my butter nicely fresh and spreadable). I was so happy to find it- a couple months ago I was actually considering ordering one!

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