Thrift Store Sales Rise Above Economy

21 Apr

thriftshop-main_full1Thrift stores are thriving in this economy and beating out the competition of big name retail stores. As people go green and hoard their cash, thrift stores are seeing a boom in business!

The mndaily.com reports, “While other businesses are reporting decreasing sales, Goodwill stores have seen at least 10 percent increases in same-store retail sales compared with October 2007, Goodwill Industries International spokeswoman Lauren Lawson said.”

“the economy has not hurt donations, Lawson said. For the first nine months of the year, the number of donation drop-offs in North America increased by 9.6 percent over the same time period last year.”

The green movement has also sparked the rise of thrift store spending. MSNBC explains, “A growing ‘green’ ethos among American consumers has also propelled the industry. ‘People are really savvy now,’ said Angie Heidenreich, owner of LuLu’s Consignment Boutique in Fletcher, N.C. ‘With consignment you make money, you save money and you recycle. It’s a no-brainer.'”

You’d be surprised to find diamonds in the rough while searching through previously owned goods. Just a few days ago, my mother found a Dolce & Gabbana belt for a few bucks! One fashionista’s trash is another fashionista’s treasure!

Share your thoughts on thrift store shopping! Have you had big success? Any tips and tricks?

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2 Responses to “Thrift Store Sales Rise Above Economy”

  1. Ms Shopping Golightly April 21, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    The Thrifty Chicks blog has been promoting thrift shopping and is on a long run about it. Covered my many news sources Ms Shopping Golightly wrote, “Green Shopping, Don’t say ‘eww’ to thrift stores’ in The Christian Science Montitor’s March 2nd opinion section, http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0302/p09s03-coop.html.

    The Thrifty Chicks offers sound advice on how to thrift and have a slide show of product ideas to get the novice excited. The slide show along with a list of posted advice can be found on the upper left corner of the blog.

    Godspeed to all thrifters!
    Ms Shopping Golightly

  2. thrift store November 24, 2010 at 6:14 am #

    Nice post.I love shopping thrifts, going to estate sells, attending auctions, rummaging anywhere I can looking for treasures.

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