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Do any thrift stores sell merchandise through online auctions?

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Some local Goodwill chapters, such as Goodwill of Orange County and Goodwill of Denver, sell merchandise through online auctions, as of 2015. Housing Works, a New York City-based charity, has a website for online auctions as well.

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As with the physical stores, all of the funds raised through Goodwill online auctions go to support the charity's community programs. Goodwill of Denver cautions buyers to read listings to determine whether the item is shippable.

All of the items in Housing Works' physical thrift store also have listings on the charity's online auction site. The website has listings for items that include fine art, jewelry and furniture. Because the listings include locations, buyers can bid only for items they are willing to pick up from the store. The site categorizes auction listings by physical store location so that buyers can find items in the store nearest to where they live with one click.

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