HARRISBURG, PA | At Goodwill, customers never know what they will find; For Nichole Garcia, a service rep at Goodwill Keystone Area’s Hannover store, that was certainly the case when she came across unique gaming items in mint condition.
Garcia is trained to look for donated items that may sell for a higher value on Goodwill Auction Site, store officials noted. She says she recently found a brand new Nintendo console, along with 27 vintage Nintendo cartridges, still in their original packaging.
The game system was the first to be auctioned off by the store, and after the final bid topped $650, Garcia said she was confident the packaged games would have a good chance of fetching value. .
“My brother-in-law sells collectibles and knows Nintendo consoles and games,” Garcia said. “I picked up a thing or two from him and thought these cartridges would be interesting. When they were posted on our to place, I sent him a link. He thought they would sell well over $10,000. I had no idea the final bid would land where it did, but I was thrilled.
Thanks to Garcia’s well-trained eye, the 27 rounds attracted interest from 143 bidders, officials said. Over the course of eight days, the initial bid of $9.99 not only exceeded $10,000, but reached a record high final amount of $30,002.
This pack of cartridges is the best-selling item of all the merchandise Goodwill Keystone Area has auctioned, records show.
Proceeds from the cartridges and all items sold at the auction would support Goodwill’s mission programs that help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment learn skills, find jobs and grow their careers.
In the most recent fiscal year ended June 30, revenue from Goodwill’s e-commerce site reached $3.2 million.
These dollars, along with revenue from the sale and recycling of donated items at the organization’s 44 retail stores and distribution centers in 22 counties in central and southeastern Pennsylvania, fund job training services. , career development and education from Goodwill for those in need. Each year, thousands of people in our communities receive these life-changing services, officials said.