I'm a diehard thrifter and garage sale addict! I love the thrill of the hunt! And I love making CASH from trash so I also resell on eBay and Etsy. I share my successes to inspire you ... and my failures so you learn from my mistakes. Please join me on this wild and crazy ride of making cash from trash!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Auction at the Long Beach Goodwill Outlet

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In my continuing search for inventory at great prices, a couple of weeks ago I convinced DH to go with me to the GW outlet in Long Beach.  I was hoping to purchase a gaylord of jeans and maybe some electronics.

20140405_083129_thumb[7]We were there on a Saturday morning just as it opened at 8:00 a.m.  I was disappointed that there were no gaylords of jeans, but there were plenty filled with miscellaneous housewares and mixed clothing.  Nothing exciting.

It was a long drive and I knew DH would never want to return if we didn’t find something worth buying.  There weren’t many other folks so we were able to easily walk up and down the aisles and check the contents of each box. 

20140405_083159_thumb[3]finally zeroed in on a box of electronics.  DH was skeptical, but he was a good sport and went along.  It wasn’t much of an “auction” as there was no one else bidding on the same box.  I ended up paying $70 for a gaylord filled with electronics that I had no way of knowing if everything worked.

As we went through the gaylord, DH got a bit more enthusiastic and was like a little boy going through a box of hidden treasures.  There were a few worthless items we left behind, but I think we ended up with enough good stuff to make a few hundred dollars.


With everything I was buying at the outlet stores, I was running out of space in the house.  Okay, I was really tired of the clutter.  So, we purchased a couple of industrial racks; and the following weekend, DH reorganized the garage and set up the racks.  One rack holds our personal stuff, but the other rack has eBay inventory.

The garage is still a work in progress, and DH is planning to put up some overhead storage racks to make more room for eBay inventory.  He’s a pretty frugal guy, so he’s planning a DIY project, similar to this:


But little by little we’ve been clearing it out; and I can only dream that someday it’ll look like this …

LOL … who am I kidding?!  

Have a great weekend!


  1. So envious of your GW outlet. All we have around here are the regular (overpriced) GW stores. Whenever we go out of state on vacation, I look up outlets along our route. We'll be heading out again in June, and your post has me excited to plan and shop :)

    1. I hope you find lots of great stuff! You just never know what you are going to find.

  2. I suppose a gaylord is a large container? I never heard of GW auctions. I am glad you found something worthwhile. We have a GW outlet here in St. louis but I haven't gone in years. It is so easy to find inventory here that I have kearned to fight the urge to buy more than I can keep up with. Or else the house is a mess thanks for the fun tour!

    1. Yes, a gaylord is a large industrial cardboard container. Buying one of those can keep you busy for a while!

  3. I have never heard of GW auctions either. Sounds interesting. Nice job on the storage re-do.

    1. I hadn't either but I know a lot of resellers go to these. I'm still testing the waters, not sure if auctions are right for me.