Goodwill has long been a place to buy products that were locally worn (buy a pair of pants in South Portland and it’s possible your next door neighbor wore them back in her wilder Old Port days, which she might tell you about the next time she spots you in her pants). Goodwill Industries of Northern New England is now selling products that are locally made, too. The 100% Neighbor-Made initiative launched last week at Goodwill stores in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, bringing products from New England and elsewhere to Goodwill’s shelves.
Local brands like Mad Gab’s, Flowfold, PULP, and Littleput Land are featured alongside vendors from New Hampshire, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. All the Goodwill shops will have some of the 100% Neighbor-Made products, but the stores in Bangor, South Portland near the Maine Mall, Ellsworth, Windham, Rockland, Augusta, Auburn, Topsham, and Belfast will have the entire line. Check out a list of all the vendors. Prices range from $3 for a bar of Saco River Soap, $8 for stationary, $12 for necklaces, and $90 for a five-foot unfinished picnic table.
If you’re interested in having your own product(s) featured on Goodwill shelves, fill out the online form: www.goodwillnne.org/shop/neighbor-made/