Collectors who love hunting for treasure at their area Goodwill stores no longer have to drive to find bargains. Goodwill launched an online shopping site this month named www.GoodwillFinds.com. (Goodwill already had an online auction site Home – shopgoodwill.com which will still operate.) The e-commerce site has more than 100,000 items already online. While shopping online is not the experience many thrifters love — it’s fun rummaging through old pictures, vases, and under tables for bargains — it is an opportunity to find treasure located maybe far away from home.

Goodwill treasures are not uncommon! Just this year, a thrifter find in a Goodwill store for $34.99 turned out to be a priceless Roman bust from the late first century B.C. or early first century A.D. The bust, found under a table at an Austin, Texas, store, had probably been part of a Bavarian king’s art collection. It is theorized it was looted and brought to Texas at the end of World War II. It is going to a museum, so the buyer won’t be cashing in, but she said that is fine with her.

Goodwill has been providing treasures and much needed items to people for more than 100 years. There are about 3,300 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Goodwill’s mission is to provide professional training, job placement, youth mentorship and more to local communities.

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