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City Spotlight: Goodwill in Strongsville

New Goodwill located at 16160 Pearl Road in Strongsville

There’s nothing quite like the excitement a new thrift store brings. Goodwill of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio opened the doors to their brand new location in Strongsville late last month and I could hardly wait to check it out.

The store located at 16160 Pearl Road is like most of the new or recently renovated Goodwill GCECO stores; huge, well-lit, wide aisles, clean floors, bright dressing rooms, and neatly organized clothes. Basically, my formula for a perfect thrift store.

Shoes organized by size

When I say huge, I mean it in the way Bernie Sanders says huge. I spend my time teaching people how to NOT have anxiety at thrift stores and this was one of those moments where I checked my Fit Bit to find my heart rate was through the roof.  Turns out my anxiety was really just a classic case of excithrift (excitement+ thrift). I quickly applied the tips I teach new thrifters and and took it one aisle at a time, while focusing on my thrift wish list.

I started with shoes and immediately found a pair of Prabal Gurung for Target heels in neon green and red. Perfect for summer. Within minutes my cart was full of neon purses and shoes, all new goods from Target.

I made my way over to dresses and found a Cynthia Rowley maxi dress for $5! This retails for at least $100. I also found the perfect Lucky Brand dress for work. I wouldn’t let the size deter me from trying it on, although it was clearly a size too small. It wasn’t until I got stuck in the dress that I finally come to terms with the fact that this dress just wasn’t meant to come home with me.

I always love shopping for my niece. She’s 4, full of life, and is going through a phase where everything and everyone is “so beautiful!” So she basically makes me feel like I’m Santa anytime I buy her something. I browse for print and texture when I thrift, so this $6 poncho jumped out at me right away. It was brand new with the $30 Target tags attached. I sent it to my sister who indicated she had her eye on this for a while and instructed me to buy it for my niece immediately! Needless to say, my niece loved it and wore it over her onesie pajama the next day. Auntie score.

Clothing organized by size and style

The organization at this store made shopping a breeze because everything is sorted by style and size. I was thoroughly impressed with their extended size selection. It’s always a huge challenge to find sizes 18+ at thrift stores and I spotted some seriously cute pants in this department.

Housewares and furniture have been my weakness lately because we’ve been knee deep in redecorating our house. So I saved this department for last. I bee lined for a $6 faux tree plant that has been on my thrift list for our entry way that retails for $25 at stores like Home Goods. I also spotted tons of vintage and new furniture including these tufted and studded chairs.

As you can see, it was a successful and fun afternoon of thrifting at the new Goodwill location in Strongsville. Looking forward to my next haul there!

Have you been to the new location? Share your finds!
Store information:
16160 Pearl Rd
Strongsville, Ohio 44149
440-783-1168
Monday thru Saturday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

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