By Jaya Franklin
Goodwill officials are reaching out to consumers during a time when just about everyone is penny pinching.
The company is reminding shoppers that they can purchase items at the store without "breaking the bank."
"A lot of people haven't been to Goodwill in a long time," said Elaine Armstrong, public relations manager for Goodwill of North Georgia. "They may be unaware of the items that the store carries."
Armstrong said people may not think of Goodwill as an alternative, but so many things are expensive these days, and almost everyone is looking for a way to save money.
Armstrong suggests purchasing books and summer clothes from Goodwill Stores. "You can find thousands of titles for a fraction of what many book stores are charging," said Armstrong, who noted that Goodwill also is a great place to shop for items to entertain a family.
"You can get a hot outfit to keep you cool," she said. "You can find colorful tops and stylish skirts for less than five bucks. "This is a smart way to build a summer wardrobe that's easy on your pockets."
The Goodwill company also offers online shopping. An average of 11,000 items are listed on the online auction web site. Some of the items online include: antiques, books, records, cameras, clothing, home decor and pottery.
The company has 24 stores and 36 donation centers. Money collected from the company's Goodwill retail program helps fund job-training and placement programs.
Goodwill stores are located in Henry and Clayton counties.
The Stockbridge store is located at 3871 Ga. Highway 138, and the Jonesboro store's location is 864 Southway Drive.