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Spooky Shopping Season In Full Swing At Goodwill

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2023) – October is one of the busiest sales months for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida (GICF), and with inflation still impacting household budgets, many families will be looking for creative ways to save on Halloween costumes and décor.
All 29 GICF retail stores are outfitted with specialized “bootiques” and staffed by Halloween helpers who are equipped to assist shoppers in designing a one-of-a-kind DIY look from a wide selection of donated clothes, shoes, hats, jewelry and other accessories. Consumers may also find unopened, pre-packaged costumes that cost about 50% less than big box retail prices.
Not only can buying a secondhand outfit at Goodwill save money, but it also reduces waste. This year, GICF is on trend to divert more than 20 million pounds of unwanted household goods from local landfills. Plus 90% of every sale supports Goodwill’s mission of “Building Lives That Work.”
“Halloween has become one of the most favorite times of the year at Goodwill,” said Ed Durkee, president and CEO at GICF. “Most retailers look forward to the holiday season starting in November, but for us it begins in mid-August when the stores transition into ‘bootiques.’ Our employees look forward to the spooky shopping season and creating unique costumes that you won’t see anywhere else.”
GICF has retail stores and outlets across Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard counties. To find the nearest location, visit    
About Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc. (GICF) 
For more than 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has provided vocational and job placement services to tens of thousands of people living in Central Florida. Through 31 retail/outlet stores and 16 Donation Xpress locations in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties, Goodwill diverted more than 20 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfills in 2022. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida directly channels more than 90 percent of its annual revenue into programs that enable individuals to secure meaningful employment, achieve their personal goals and thrive economically.

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