Dina’s Days Favorite Goodwill Stores

One of the most common questions I get on my blog, Dina’s Days is “which thrift stores are your favorite and why?”  In honor of National Thrift Shopping Day this month, I decided to take my readers on a mini thrift tour of some of my favorite Goodwill Industries of Akron locations.


Why I love: Waterloo

The Goodwill on Waterloo Road is my default location. It’s close to home and like all Goodwill locations, carries a variety of items. My favorite thing to shop for at Waterloo, however, is outerwear. The outerwear section for women never fails me and I always find coats and jackets all year round. I recently stopped in to get a head start on fall clothing and I hit the jackpot. Remember this thrift insider tip and shop off season to score some of the best finds!  I ended up with a bag full of jackets and vests for $15 including this faux leather jacket and vest at $3.50 a piece.





Why I love: Midway

The Goodwill in Midway Plaza is like a hidden gem.  The housewares section is possibly the most organized wares section I’ve ever seen at a thrift store. Every single item is strategically placed on the shelf with hardly any overlapping – which is great for new thrifters. This means there’s minimal digging and squatting just to find what you’re looking for. I recently went home with a collage picture frame and beautiful lamp shade (that I just spotted at Target for $15) both for $2.




Why I love: Lakemore

One of my favorite things about the Lakemore location is the layout. In addition to the wide open space, I love everything Lakemore carries. I always find vintage clothing, interesting housewares, great home decor options, and even furniture. This vintage $10 coffee table from the Lakemore store is a perfect fit in our new house. The Lakemore location is a one-stop shop for everything on my thrift list!




This is by no means a comprehensive list. I try to give all thrift stores a chance! Be sure to check out a complete list of all Goodwill Akron locations and tell us which one is your favorite!

Happy Thrifting!


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Note: To learn more about Dina’s thrift shopping tips, attend the next Thrift Night Out on Aug. 21.

Event Details:
Bring your friends and join us for a Thrift Night Out at Goodwill on Friday, Aug. 21. Enjoy a light dinner as well as thrift shopping basics class with local bloggers and thrifting experts, Katie Plato (http://www.somethingtobefound.com), &  Dina Younis (http://www.dinasdays.com). Then we will head out to the store to put your new skills to the test.

During the evening, Katie and Dina will share their best thrifty tips and tricks for creating a stylish home and wardrobe. You’ll learn how to be prepared before you get to the thrift store, how to spot good pieces in a huge rack of clothes, and how to decorate your home with common thrift store items.


  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner/Class
  • 7:15 p.m. Shopping in Store with Katie and Dina
  • Register to Attend