Friday, August 17, 2007

Back to School Shopping in Ruston, Louisiana

Back to school shopping is expensive enough with all of the supplies that parents are required to buy but with the season's change and new styles kids always want to buy something stylish so how do you do it without breaking the budget? Go thrifting, young parents and a chain retail thriftstore like Goodwill is always a good option.

One thing I like about Goodwill industries is that they give people with disabilities, both physical and mental, jobs- often at a living wage. They also provide learning and training in job skills for the homeless and underemployed. Some of the money they get for these endeavors comes from a thrift store, so it is a good way to puchase goods and do something good for the world.

Also, Goodwill is often the recipient of factory seconds, odd lots, and irregulars like they have at stores like TJ MAXX or Marshalls. The Goodwill store in Ruston, Louisiana is no exception. On a recent visit I found three racks of new clothing for children, juniors and women's sizes, which were probably factory donations to the store.They had jeans, tees, and some nice cotton sweaters in neutral colors, perfect for back to school.

What this Goodwill did not have was any type of vintage clothing, linens or even dishware.Either the pickers or dealers have gotten there first, or folks there just do not donate much to that Goodwill. Either way, it is worth a visit if you are in the area and are interested in new clothing at discount prices. Also, there is a decent Mexican restaurant, El Guadelajara, a few doors down.

215 N Service Rd E
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 251-9162

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