CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 28, 2015) — Parents are shopping early for bargains this year as back-to-school spending projections have dropped compared to last year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) projects that in 2015, families will trim back-to-school spending after splurging in 2014. For the upcoming 2015 school year, the NRF estimates the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $630 on back-to-school shopping, and nearly $900 is planned for the average college student or college family on back-to-college shopping.
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is ready to help by maximizing limited spending dollars with clothing, furniture and electronics at sharply reduced prices compared to average costs at the mall or other retailers. In addition to already low prices, Goodwill will offer “Spend $20, Get 20% Off” just in time for back-to-school and back-to-college shopping from Friday, August 7th thru Sunday, August 9th (not valid at the Goodwill Outlet or The GRID: Powered by Goodwill). Purchase several outfits for the average price of one, or furniture for campus housing at prices college students can afford.
Looking for electronics? The GRID: Powered by Goodwill, located across from UNCC at 9605 N Tryon Street in the University area, has technology needs at discounts up to 65% off retail markups. For high school and college-bound students especially, the shopping spree often requires a long list of expensive tech gadgets. The GRID carries a diverse variety of new, refurbished and donated products including: desktop and laptop computers, printers, flat screen televisions, audio components, Raspberry Pi®, portable chargers, retro games, gaming consoles and controllers, and now offers drones to impress friends this school year.
“We offer a new variety of items every day for those shopping for back-to-school at Goodwill,” said Barbara Maida-Stolle, EVP of business enterprises at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “Our prices are very competitive and while parents often think of clothing for back-to-school, we also have electronics and furniture to round out the shopping lists for older students.”
Examples of unbeatable deals to score at Goodwill may include:
- Laptop computer, refurbished with new operating system at The GRID: starting at $150
- Couch and lamp at Goodwill retail stores: as low as $40 and $10 respectively
- Children’s clothes: $2.79
- Men’s and women’s denim: $4.99
This year, Goodwill is helping shoppers stay on top of their game by sharing back-to-school and back-to-college products in real time, as products come in to the stores every day. Follow Goodwill on social media for features of outfits and school items, including children’s looks, job interview suits, shoes, dorm décor, electronics and more. Posts will also showcase side-by-side comparisons of fullprice outfits alongside inexpensive Goodwill versions scored at local stores, as well as inspiration boards of dorm room style, all with impressive low-cost spending totals at Goodwill.
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In addition to checking off the shopping list while saving big, every purchase made at Goodwill retail stores supports job training and employment services for unemployed and underemployed individuals as they upgrade their skills to enter the competitive workforce. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services free of charge to more than 13,000 individuals thanks to donations from the community. For more information about Goodwill and its programs and services, visit www.goodwillsp.org.
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About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for 50 years. Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 50 donation sites in the region. Proceeds from the sale of donated goods fund job training and employment services for individuals facing barriers to employment such as lack of skills, experience or education. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to more than 13,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.
Molly Thompson | Public Relations & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: (704) 332-0262 | Email: email@example.com