Shopping Secondhand for the Holiday Season

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The holiday shopping season is here! Many people are choosing to buy on a budget as inflation pumps up prices.

Whether it’s for gifts or trying to add some festive decor, secondhand stores like Goodwill can help your budget.

“There’s lots of holiday decorations, including trees, and those are not cheap when you go out and buy an artificial tree for your home,” said Laura Ritterbush, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president and CEO.

Buying secondhand saves more than dollars.

“By shopping and donating to our stores, we are able to support individuals getting their high school diploma, taking English as a second language classes, and also supporting people with developmental disabilities,” Ritterbush said.

About Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Goodwill Industries of Kansas provides opportunities for people with disabilities and barriers to employment seeking independent and productive lives. Hundreds of people with disabilities receive case management services and develop life and job skills through employment at Goodwill’s home office and in the community. Whether it be recycling donated items or preparing insulation for local aviation manufacturers, Goodwill clients and employees have found success and become more independent through work in our contracts division.

In addition, adults work toward their GED and other certificate programs through NexStep Alliance, a partnership between Goodwill and WSU Tech. More than 1,400 individuals receive services through Goodwill each year. These programs are supported by 18 retail stores in Kansas along with an online division at For more information about Goodwill, visit