Goodwill: North Lamar


Goodwill North Lamar picture5555 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am - 7:00pm

The Goodwill at North Lamar is the swanky new store that replaced the smaller store that used to be basically across the street. It's right next to Half Price Books now, too, which is certainly a boon.

Oddly, even though this store is bigger, newer, and cleaner than the old store, I have visited it several times and not had nearly as much good luck as I used to have at the old store. The women's clothing section is very large, but very skewed towards small sizes, and the plus-sized section, which is mixed up with the maternity section, is pretty much a joke. I haven't bought a single item of clothing for myself at this store.

House wares is similarly large but disappointing. There's lot of space, but many of the shelves are sparsely covered, and a lot of what they are covered with is no-two-ways-about-it crap. I'm not sure if this speaks to the stores donations not meeting its space requirements or what, but it's disappointing.

The book section is pretty good--better organized than is usually the case--but not as large or well-stocked as the MacFarlane store. Also, the pricing is higher here, with paperback books mostly marked at $2.39, rather than the $1.59 or $1.99 I've found at other local Goodwill stores.

The dressing rooms at this store are typically Goodwill (I think they might actually be the same modulars they used in the old store). I used the bathroom on this trip, and it was pretty bad, but not as nasty as the one in the old store was known to be.

Edited to add: I forgot to itemize my bounty! For around $12, I got a short sleeved, striped Dickies shirt and two paperback books (both about grizzly bears) for Mark.


So should I take donations to Lamar or 183? (I am not sure I want my belongings langushing among leagues of crap, but on the other hand, we could help build up their stock.;) )

Please advise.

I'd say either, although I've found that you generally get more help getting stuff out of your car at the 183 store.

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