Unique Items to be Auctioned at Goodwill Stores

Goodwill Columbus debuts in-store auctions.

Attention treasure hunters!  Beginning next week, Goodwill Columbus will auction off some of the most unique items discovered at its six Columbus area Goodwill retail stores.

Each week Goodwill processes a wealth of donations, and often a great find will emerge that is just too good for shelf life. Consider treasures like a Vietnam War-era ammunition box, with a working latch… or an untouched Atari 5200 console in its original packaging, found in our Morse Road location!

How about two Fisher Price toy phonographs, untouched, from the 1960s or 70s uncovered by employees at our Gahanna location? These are just some of the items that will be featured in Goodwill’s first in-store auction.

“I brought the idea to Goodwill Columbus from Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, where we had great success with the auctions,” Tim Salvato, Vice President of Donated Goods and Retail said. “This is a great opportunity for pickers and treasure hunters to canvass the Columbus-area looking for collectable items.”

The first auction will kick off at Goodwill’s Northland store at 2933 Morse Road, on Monday, January 7.Dozens of the most intriguing items, featured in glass cases, will be offered up for silent bids. For the initial auction, bargain shoppers will have roughly two weeks to put in their silent bids.

On Saturday, January 19, competition for the items will rise to the next level, with an in-store live auction. Treasure hunters who previously bid on the items will be encouraged to show up at the store and bid in the live auction. If they are the highest bidder, they can take it home that same day. If no one exceeds their silent bid with a live bid, Goodwill will call the bidder to pick up the item at the store.

After the auction makes its debut at the Morse Road store, silent auctions will be held at the rest of the Goodwill stores in Columbus. Each auction will begin in the silent phase on Sunday, culminating with the live in-store auction the following Saturday. For the first auction, there will be a two-week silent auction bidding period however after that, the auctions will rotate on a one-week cycle.

Remember, Goodwill Columbus honors veterans with a 10-percent discount year-round.

Goodwill Columbus has been serving the local community since 1939, building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Goodwill is the fifth largest non-profit health and human services agency in Central Ohio and is a top 100 employer.

Goodwill provides more than 1 million hours of service to more than 2,400 participants with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information on Goodwill Columbus, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.