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Publish Date: March 29, 2023

The Bins Grand Opening


After a full year of delays, we are EXCITED to announce that the AMAZING Calgary Impact Centre will be opening its doors to the public at 9 a.m. on April 15th, 2023.

Located at 2731 57 Ave. S.E. in Calgary, this shopping experience will be unique, as shoppers have a second chance to purchase items that have not been sold in retail stores, diverting them from landfills, by shopping by the pound!

What are the Goodwill Bins?

The Goodwill Bins, also known as the Goodwill Outlet Store, is a special type of Goodwill store that sells items by the pound rather than by the item. The Bins are essentially large warehouses where Goodwill stores send items that haven't sold in their regular retail locations. These items are often in bulk and are not sorted, so you never know what you might find. You can expect to see everything from clothing and shoes to electronics, books, toys, and home goods.

Why are the Goodwill Bins so special?

The Goodwill Bins are special for several reasons. First, they offer incredibly low prices. Since items are sold by the pound, you can score items for as little as a few cents each. This makes it an excellent option for those on a tight budget or those looking for a great deal.

Secondly, the Bins offer a unique and exciting shopping experience. Unlike traditional retail stores, the Bins are unsorted, and you never know what you might find. It's like a treasure hunt, and you never know what amazing items you might uncover.

Finally, shopping at Goodwill Bins is an eco-friendly option. By shopping at the Bins, you're giving a second life to items that would otherwise end up in the repair, recycling or repurpose streams. Plus, you're supporting Goodwill's mission to provide job training and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities or barriers.

How to shop the Bins

How to Shop the Bins

  1. The Layout
    • Giant blue bins with various items are found throughout the Impact Centre Outlet Store.
  2. Get Ready to Dig!
    • Shoppers line up a the designated yellow location marks.
  3. Ready and Go!
    • Once the bin is placed, you will be given a signal to begin your treasure hunt.
  4. All Thrifted Out
    • It's time to weigh your items. You'll pay by the pound.
  5. Do a Happy Dance!
    • Happy shopping! Thank you for supporting Albertans with disabilities or barriers, to find and gain meaningful employment.

How to Make the Most of Your Goodwill Bins Shopping Experience

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You'll be digging through piles of items, so it's essential to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move around in.
  • Bring gloves. Since the items are unsorted, they can be dirty or dusty, so it's a good idea to bring gloves to protect your hands.
  • Bring your own bags or boxes. Goodwill Bins don't provide bags or boxes, so it's a good idea to bring your own reusable bags or boxes to carry your items.
  • Keep an open mind. You never know what you might find at the Bins, so keep an open mind and be prepared to dig through piles of items to find the treasures.
  • Check the items before purchasing. Since the items at the Bins are unsorted, it's essential to check the items thoroughly before purchasing to ensure they're in good condition and are what you're looking for. There are no refunds, or exchanges at our Outlet stores, all sales are final.
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When does it open?
Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 9 a.m. Daily hours will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Where is it located?
2731 57 Ave SE, Calgary, AB for our Edmonton Outlet store please click here

Who can shop there?
Our outlet store is open to the public! 
*Please note, shoppers MUST be 12+ years of age or older to be in the facility.

What are the prices?
Our outlet stores sell products by weight at $1.35/pound. Furniture and speciality items are priced individually. All sales are final, with no refunds, no exchanges and gift cards cannot be used at these locations. 

What can I find there?
Just about anything! Our large blue bins will be rolled out regularly with clothing, toys, household items, shoes etc. 

Will there be furniture?
Yes! There will be a furniture outlet store located in the same store as our bins. 

Is there a donation centre?
Yes! There will be a donation centre located right beside the outlet store's front entrance to drop off your donations. Check out our donation guide here for good, and not-so-good donations. 

Are there change rooms?
No, there are no change rooms at the outlet stores. All of our other retail stores have change rooms open.

Are there public washrooms?
Yes, there is a public washroom on-site. 

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