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September 11, 2020 



Online shop offers mystery bags at all eleven retail locations 


Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois has launched “Mystery Bags to Go” online shop at with curbside or in store pick-up starting Friday, September 11 at all eleven of its retail locations. 


“Mystery Bags to Go” contain a category of items and sizes that have been originally on the sales floor. The contents remain a mystery until opened for a fun shopping experience. The online store will list new bags every Friday to keep it fresh for the consumer. 


The basic bag sells for $9.99 and the designer bag for $19.99 but the site will also include specialty bags at various prices. All bags contain a minimum of 12 items and are heavily discounted. The value of the mystery bags range from approximately $60 to $120 respectively. 


Shoppers can access the site at to shop the various bags and pick up curbside or come into the store - whichever is more convenient. 


“We were looking for ways to engage our shoppers with new concepts and experiences and felt ‘Mystery Bags to Go’ was a great way to offer customers deeply discounted merchandise while making it fun,” Ben Bernsten, President of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, said. 


Bernsten said they will continue to monitor the success of “Mystery Bags to Go” and will evolve the online site based on consumer demand. 


For additional information about the program and store locations, visit 




About Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois


Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives. Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 12 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2019, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 26,273 people in the communities in which we reside.  A three-year CARF Accreditation was awarded to Goodwill for its employment programs in 2018 which is official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.  Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 600 people. Visit their website at 




Media Contact
Shannon Harper
PR/Marketing Manager 

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
850 N Church Street 

Rockford, IL 61103 

(815) 987-6237 

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