Calling all online shopping addicts

  • Sarah Ekstrand |
  • | News



One of the thrills of thrifting is getting a great deal on something you love. There’s also the joy of finding something completely unexpected that you simply can’t live without. With, you can have that experience from the comfort of home. Our online market place allows you to expand your hunt for that pair of designer shoes, gorgeous vintage bracelet, or new additions to your Pokemon collection. Whatever your thrifting pursuits, makes it possible with a just a few clicks.

Fendi shoes currently for sale!

how it works

When donations are received by our retail stores they are processed and prepared for sale. A small percentage of these items are sent to our warehouse to be sold on Our expert staff does an intake and assessment for quality, eligible items are then posted online. Most listings begin at $5.99 with an auction duration of five to seven days. When auctions are final, purchases are then shipped directly, or can be picked up locally. Our pick-up site is located right inside our Johnston retail store and to view what’s available for local pickup exclusively, you can go directly to

What you’ll find

The majority of donated clothing and accessories are sold in our retail stores; however, a select few categories are sent to be listed on to allow for online shoppers to engage as well as gain the attention of collectors. Highly sought after items like vintage, designer and athletic apparel are frequent best sellers. Sports fans take note, the site is a great resource for Hawkeye and Cyclone apparel and accessories.

Fernando Botero reproduction, Vintage typewriter, Fiesta bowls

All donated jewelry is processed by our department. Our staff assesses each piece and makes a determination about its value and quality. Pieces are then sent out stores for sale or listed We often sell costume jewelry in lots or grab bags, but we also list high quality fine jewelry. This past year we listed and sold a stunning 18  karat pink sapphire ring. Anyone looking for that next birthday or anniversary gift should start here. Our pricing ensures each sale is a great value!


Pink sapphire ring (sold), Green Pyrex dish , Hawkeye hoodie

Hobby collectibles come in all shapes and sizes, meaning there’s something for everyone. For example, some shoppers are interested in all things Star Wars, some are on the hunt for that one Luke Skywalker figure made in 1980. We cater to both types of collectors. We sell vintage postcards, gaming cards, baseball cards, comic books, vintage board games, the list goes on and on.

Any given day, there are countless listings for Pyrex, Fiesta, silver and other vintage and collectible housewares. We frequently receive and sell high quality original paintings and sculpture as well as primitive style objects and accessories.


We never cease to be surprised, awed and sometimes amused (hello, Troll doll collection!) by the items we see on – you never know what you’ll find next. Since the platform is relatively new, most online shoppers look to more mainstream sites, like Etsy and EBay, meaning the serious deals are found on

The best part

The generous donations we receive are our life blood. We are committed to excellence in their stewardship and endeavor to extract the greatest value from them. The sales generated through retail sales are what enables us to fulfill our mission. Eighty-six cents of each dollar earned in revenue across our stores and is reinvested into programming providing skills training and employment services for Iowans with barriers. If you are local and would like to come check out our facility, we would be happy to show you around. It’s fascinating to see first-hand. Contact Kim Sires at 515.265.5323.

Smart shopping

Here are a few quick tips to be a super savvy customer:

  • Set up keyword searches – you’ll get an email you when an item is posted.
  • Add to a watch list – create a list of items you want to follow.
  • Search by keyword, brand name, or pre-selected category.
  • Select “Johnston” from the Sellers list and you’ll see everything we have listed.

Happy Bidding!

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