Goodwill Vs. The Salvation Army: Where should you buy used furniture?

20 Nov 2019 by Easymove

When you are in the market looking to buy used furniture, two names that immediately come to mind are Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Both are non-profit organizations.

The people donate a variety of items – from clothing to furniture – to these organizations. The proceeds from the sale of these items through their thrift stores are used for charity.

So, by donating things to Goodwill and The Salvation Army, the people not only help those in need, but also contribute to environment protection (as things don’t end up in landfills).

If you are planning to decorate your home on a budget, buying used furniture at Goodwill and The Salvation Army can help you save a lot of money.

Also, there is always a good chance that you will stumble upon some unique and antique pieces of furniture at these thrift stores.

A common question that people ask when buying used furniture at thrift stores is: what is the difference between Goodwill and Salvation Army?

Where can they get good quality furniture and better deals? In this guide, we will explain the difference between these two organizations and which thrift store you should choose if you are planning to buy used furniture.

Here at Easymove, we help people order moving services on-the-go and home deliver furniture they buy at the thrift stores run by Goodwill and The Salvation Army.

You can download Easymove app from Google Play Store and Apple App store and order on-demand moving service.
The furniture will be delivered within the same hour.

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We have also started listing the inventory of thrift stores in several U.S. cities on our Easymove app.

It means that you can either shop used furniture online by browsing through the listings on our app or go through the inventory at the store in your area and visit it to investigate the condition. This will help you save time and also make buying used furniture online seamless and hassle-free.  

If you are buying used furniture at Goodwill or The Salvation Army in the following cities, you can order on-demand Easymove moving services:

·      Chicago

·      Indianapolis

·      Memphis

·      New York

·      Miami

·      Austin

We are expending to other cities also. In order to check if we provide moving help in your city, click here.


What are Goodwill and The Salvation Army?

Well as already mentioned, both Goodwill and The Salvation Army are non-profit thrift stores.

What it basically means is that they donate their profits (after deducting the cost of running their stores) to the people in need across the world.

Goodwill and The Salvation Army are registered under 501(c)(3) as charitable organizations.

The donations are tax-deductible. So the people donate their used things such as clothing and furniture to the thrift stores operated by these organizations.

Most of the employees working at the thrift stores are volunteers.

Now let’s discuss some unique feature of each of the thrift stores in order to understand the different between the two:

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army was founded nearly 150 years ago – one of the oldest chains of thrift stores in the USA.

The organization operates thrift stores in nearly 7500 locations. Not all the items donated to The Salvation Army ends up in thrift stores. Some are directly donated to the people in need.

Here are some of the items the people can donate to The Salvation Army:

·      furniture

·      mattresses

·      clothing

·      household items

·      appliances

·      books

·      used cars

It means that you can donate almost anything. They usually accept items which are in good condition and can be either used second-hand (if donated directly to the people in need) or sold through their thrift stores.

The Salvation Army has multiple thrift stores in all the locations where Easymove  provides moving services including Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York, Miami and Austin.

You can use the organizations online store locator facility to find a thrift store operated by them. Here is the info.

The donations are used for the following services:

·      Adult Program Services

·      Adult Rehabilitation Centers

·      Correctional Services

·      Disaster Services

·      Domestic Violence Services

·      Donation Drop Off

·      Emergency Assistance

·      Family Counseling Services

·      Family Stores

·      Health Services

·      Housing/Residence Services

·      Older Adult Services

·      Worship Center

·      Youth Services

If you want to donate something, you can schedule donation pick-up by visiting this page:

You can also order donation pick-up service on the Easymove app.


Goodwill is also a prominent non-profit organization founded at the start of the nineteenth century.

Though it’s focus is on providing career training and employment skills so that people can overcome financial hardships and life challenges and support themselves, the organisation run a wide range of other services including rehabilitation of prisoners.

Goodwill claims that 1 out of every 275 people in the U.S. was placed into job with help from local Goodwill centers. They have nearly 2500 thrift stores in the U.S.

The people can donate new and used items to Goodwill centers in the U.S. and Canada and about 12 other countries in the world.

Some of things that you can donate and buy at Goodwill thrift stores include:

·      Used or new furniture,

·      Shoes

·      Toys

·      Appliances

·      Clothing,

·      Electronics,

·      Housewares,

·      Books

Click here to locate a Goodwill store in your area.

If you are looking for donation pick-up or moving help after buying used furniture at a Goodwill thrift store, download the Easymove app now.

Where should buy used furniture: Goodwill Vs. The Salvation Army?

Well, there is no clear answer to that. The range of items, pricing and deals offered depend on the location.

Most people believe that If you want to buy items in good condition, you should consider Goodwill, while The Salvation Army is known for better deals, but this may not be entirely true.

Both the thrift stores offer great deals and used furniture in good condition. It’s impossible to draw a conclusion because they don’t manufacture the things they sell.

They sell the things that are donated to them, right?

In a recent article, we discussed the most important things you should keep in mind when buying used furniture at thrift stores.

The tips outlined in this article apply to Goodwill and The Salvation Army Thrift stores also.

Here is a round-up of the important considerations when buying used items at Goodwill as well as The Salvation Army:

·      The nicer the neighborhood, the nicer the thrift store, as a general rule, so the location of the thrift store matters a lot.

·      Visit stores from time to time as the inventory keeps changing on a regular basis.

·      Consider going on thrift store shopping when the weather starts to change because that’s when people usually clean out their houses and donate things to thrift stores.

·      Browse through the investor on the Easymove app to get an idea of the inventory before visiting the store.

·      Many thrift stores follow a specific schedule for sales and discounts. Know what days of the week the thrift store in your area offer items on discounted prices.

·      Do your due diligence before buying anything. Just because it’s on sale at a thrift store doesn’t mean it’s a bargain.

Final thoughts

It’s not about which thrift store offers better deals and items.

Both – Goodwill and The Salvation Army – are popular thrift stores located in almost all major towns and cities in the US.

You should visit thrift stores operated by both the organizations in your area. The most important thing is never to skip due diligence when buying used items at a thrift store.

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