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Goodwill venturing into new territory

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Lisa Aspon, manager of the Goodwill Store in Brookings, shows off a painting by an "anoymous artist in Arlington." While the artist purchases frames from the store only to return them with his donated artwork inside for the business to sell, this painting honors Goodwill and hangs in the store office. Photo by John Kubal/Register

Brookings, other stores becoming known for antiques, collectibles, online shopping

BROOKINGS "I'm wearing second-hand hats/Second-hand clothes/That's why they call me/Second-hand Rose," sang Barbra Streisand in the role of comedienne Fannie Brice in the movie "Funny Girl."

For those who think of Goodwill stores in those terms as the place where all the stuff is old and barely serviceable it's time to think again.

People from all walks of life and every rung on the socioeconomic ladder shop at stores run by the nonprofit agency. Brookings Goodwill Store manager Lisa Aspon and assistant manager Brianne Radtke take pride in ensuring that what comes in the door as donations and does get resold is of good quality.

And Goodwill stores are now into territory where they had never ventured in the past: think antiques, collectibles and online e-shopping.

For the complete article see the 05-14-2013 issue.

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