UPDATE: Business brisk for Clark County Goodwill stores on Sunday


Sales were up as people flocked to the resale stores over the weekend

CLARK COUNTY — Six of the seven Goodwill retail locations in Clark County reopened Sunday (June 7) to happy crowds of bargain hunters.

Customers enjoy bargain hunting at the Fisher's Landing Goodwill location on Sunday, June 7. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette
Customers enjoy bargain hunting at the Fisher’s Landing Goodwill location on Sunday, June 7. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette

Dale Emanuel with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette says their stores tallied 2,767 transactions on Sunday. That’s down about 9 percent over this time last year, but the average sale was more than 87 percent higher than typical.

During the pandemic, after Goodwill closed its locations, the company saw donations piling up outside its doors, prompting a media release asking the public to please hold onto their items until the stores could reopen.

Donations piled up outside many Goodwill retail locations after they closed on March 23. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette
Donations piled up outside many Goodwill retail locations after they closed on March 23. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette

On Sunday, 1,253 people lined up to donate items, dropping off 76,433 pounds of stuff. That’s down around 9 percent, again, but business has remained steady.The move comes as Clark County enters Phase 2 of the governor’s Safe Start Washington reopening plan, which allows more retail locations to resume operations.

The Goodwill at 14201 NE Fourth Plain in Orchards is among six retail locations opening at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Goodwill at 14201 NE Fourth Plain in Orchards is among six retail locations opening at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Photo by Mike Schultz

People are being asked to separate donations into several categories, including:

  • Clothing/Linens
  • Shoes/Accessories
  • Electronics/Appliances
  • Housewares
  • Books/Media
  • Other

Wet items are also not being accepted at this time. Donations will be sanitized and quarantined for a day or two before being moved into the retail area of the stores.

During the initial phase of reopening, Goodwill retail locations will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. to allow employees to clean and sanitize. The Vancouver Outlet location on NE 117th Avenue will be open at 8 a.m.

Stores have also been slightly reconfigured to allow for more space in aisles, with markings on the floor to assist customers with social distancing, and limitations may be placed on the number of shoppers allowed inside at one time. 

Shoppers are being asked to wear masks while inside locations, with the exception of children younger than 2, and anyone unable to wear masks due to a medical condition.

Customers at the Vancouver Outlet location will be asked to wear both masks and gloves.

An employee at the Fisher's Landing Goodwill location helps a customer sort donations into several labeled bins. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette
An employee at the Fisher’s Landing Goodwill location helps a customer sort donations into several labeled bins. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette

Goodwill says high-touch areas will be cleaned hourly, including cash registers and shopping carts. Plexiglass shields have also been set up to protect employees at the register.

According to Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette spokesperson Dale Emanuel, the reopening is putting 1,000 employees back to work.

Sales at Goodwill help to support the nonprofit’s Job Connection program, which provides support for thousands of people with finding work in the area, as well as job training.

“We know many of you have been waiting to donate, and we’ve missed your generosity,” said Emanuel in a release. “Our centers may get busy, so we ask for patience with our employees and other donors and that you maintain social distancing at all times.”

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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