| Neighborhoods

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

So far, so good for Heidelberg Goodwill store

About Megan Guza

Daily Photo Galleries

Carlynton Photo Galleries

By Megan Guza

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

About 60 shoppers braved single-digit temperatures last week to be the first visitors to the Goodwill store in Heidelberg's Washington Avenue business district.

“This is a big deal. We didn't have a store like this to get reasonable things,” said Margaret Burke of Carnegie. “And it's a good cause.”

Heidelberg area residents showed interest in the store in the weeks leading up to its Feb. 12 opening, leaders of the organization said.

“Based on the calls we'd been getting on our switchboard, there seems to be a greater-than-normal anticipation for this store than we've had for others in the past,” said David Tobiczyk, spokesman for Goodwill Stores of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Heidelberg store is one of five Goodwill stores built in the Pittsburgh area in the past three years and it's the 31st operated by the regional organization.

The store has collected donations since January.

Tobiczyk said the store averages between 10 and 20 donations of various items each day. Most are from local residents, but he expects that to change.

“What you will find is that, over time, people from other areas who travel Route 50 will stop and make donations as they pass,” he said.

Clothing, furniture and other items that are donated at a certain store usually are sold there, he said, but stores in need of donations can pull inventory from those with more merchandise.

“I like bargains. I'm a bargain shopper,” said Maureen Harrod of Dormont, another shopper. “I look for designer clothes for my daughter. I wanted to come out and support Goodwill and see what they've got.”

The store has a drive-through donation drop-off area.

Although “generous” donations have allowed Goodwill to expand, Tobiczyk said, the economy also plays a role.

“With the economic downturn, thrift shopping has become more popular,” he said.

Megan Guza is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-388-5810 or




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Carlynton

  1. Wall to wall rock Saturday night at Carnegie Music Hall
  2. Carlynton, Chartiers Valley reaffirm security in wake of FR school stabbings
  3. Voluntary tutor sessions popular with Carlynton students
  4. Military exhibit a showstopper at Bridgeville History Center
  5. Carnegie skatepark construction heats up like the weather
  6. Carnegie uses state allocation to update road paving schedule
  7. Carnegie gets rewarded with ‘Tree City’ designation
  8. Bridgeville music center-sponsored brass camp trumpets value of practice
  9. Around Town: Bridgeville ministerial group organizes outreach programs
  10. Collier Township’s use of solar energy recognized by state
  11. Collier gets creative in ways to pay for extra road salt
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.