Palmetto Parent 2010 December Issue : Page 24

Dec 4: Indoor Youth Soccer U8, U9/10, U11/12 Both Locations Dec. 4: Learn to Skateboard Both Locations Dec. 12: Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Show | 5:00pm Irmo Location Dec. 20 & Dec. 27: Snowfest! 10–11:30am Irmo Location Dec. 20-23: Drop & Shop, 6-10pm | Roller Skating, Inflatables & Pizza! Sandhills Location Dec. 20–23, 27–30: All Day Sports Camp, 7am–6pm Both Locations Jan 6: Learn to Ice Skate Begins | Irmo Location Jan 8: Lil’ Pros, Youth Soccer & Learn to Skateboard Begins Both Locations Jan 14: Learn to Roller Skate Begins | Sandhills Location Present this coupon & receive ey,” he said. “If they know they are searching for toys, they can click on our toys category and find all the coupons for stores that sell toys. You can see where the big coupons are and then see if they sell the product.” And Boone is selective about the retailers included. “I’d rather stick with the companies that I know are reputable,” he said. A unique opportunity If you are looking for jewelry, designer clothing, antiques, vintage items, toys, musical instruments or collectibles for holiday gifts, Goodwill stores might have exactly what you’re looking for — or the perfect gift you never even considered. Crystal Hardesty, director of marketing and public relations for Goodwill Indus-tries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, said many people fail to consider Goodwill stores for Christmas shopping, but they might be surprised by what fills the shelves. “We have a lot of jewelry for adults and teenagers,” she said. “It’s a great spot to find unique things. We get a lot of clothing items that still have the tags on them and we get a lot of books and toys that are in excellent condition. Some of the hot toys will come to use just barely used by a child who outgrew it quickly.” Because stores are stocked with dona-tions, inventory is constantly changing and can include almost anything. Hardesty said classic and new toys are available, as well as exercise equipment, sports equipment — think golf clubs under the Christmas tree — and instruments that didn’t quite suit their original owners. She said one shopper was surprised recently when she found just the gift she was looking for: a trumpet. “Every single item is unique,” Hardesty said. “You never know what you might find. It’s always a treasure hunt.” And while finding that special gift at a rock-bottom price, shoppers are also help-ing put people to work through education, training and job placement. For the fiscal year ending June 30, more than 4,300 peo-ple were helped with employment training and placement by Goodwill in the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina. “It all happens because people donate www.palmettoparent.com Irmo resident Shawnette Leach and daughter Maya, 5, prepare to bake bread. Leach is taming her Christmas shopping budget by sewing and crafting gifts for her daughters and heading to the kitchen to create tasty treats for family and friends. and because people shop,” Hardesty said. And everyone, no matter what their bank balance, can find unique bargains at Good-will stores. Hardesty said shoppers often shy away because they think only those in need shop at the Goodwill. “Goodwill is for everybody,” she said. “We welcome everyone and we appreciate what they do to help get people back to work.” ] How you can learn more Here are links to the online resources mentioned in this story: n Southern Savers, www.southernsavers.com, offers printable shopping lists with coupon matches and links to printable coupons. Free or low-cost gift items are noted frequently and those items often make welcome additions to gift baskets or as donations to homeless shelters, women’s shelters and more. Current Codes, www.currentcodes.com, of-fers links to a vast list of online retailers with a variety of discount offers. Shopgoodwill.com is an online auction site similar to eBay. The site offers items donated to Goodwill stores across the country. Listings include original art, antiques, toys, designer shoes and purses and more. For local store locations, visit www.goodwillsc. org. December 2010 HALF PRICE ROLLER SKATE, SKATEBOARD or ICE SKATE SESSION! on a Expires 4.1.11. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Restrictions may apply. n n 24 Palmetto Parent 1300 For more information & to register online visit www.plexindoorsports.com or call Irmo: 732-1900 | Sandhills: 360-7300

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