Goodwill of Southern Arizona opened its first boutique-style clothing store this month.

What sets Good Threads Goodwill Boutique apart from other Goodwill retail stores is it carries name-brand and higher-end items, and mainly carries clothing.

Gary Swingle, marketing manager of Goodwill of Southern Arizona, estimates 80 to 85 percent of the merchandise at Good Threads is clothing. The rest is accessories and furnishings.

"It's for people looking for the higher-end fashions," he said.

Opening weekend was busy. "It was pretty neat to see people walk in and say 'wow,' " Swingle said.

Since the items have a higher value, prices are a bit higher than they are at other Goodwill stores. "We're tasked to maximize the value of donations so we can fund the mission programs," he said.

Goodwill doesn't rely heavily on grants or other forms of funding, so money from the retail stores is its major source for some of its programs that offer job assistance and youth mentoring, among others, he said.

Swingle said Goodwill is on a growth pattern of adding two to three stores per year, and is currently looking at other boutique locations in Tucson.

Good Threads employs about six people.

Goodwill of Southern Arizona is among the top employers in Tucson, according to the Star 200 survey, employing more than 300 people.

If You Go

Good Threads Goodwill Boutique is at 7366 N. Oracle Road, Suite 190. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at 573-4137 or