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Resale stores see increase in business from Christmas shoppers

December 10th, 2008 12:00 am by Rain Smith

Resale stores see increase in business from Christmas shoppers

Lilly Williams rings up a customer at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Kingsport. Photo by Rain Smith.


Considering the dire economy, some holiday shoppers are opting to do business at thrift stores rather than malls or chain retailers.


To gauge sales figures for September and October, the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops recently polled its membership. Of the 182 respondents, 74.2 percent said sales had went up -- with an average increase of about 35 percent.


The same is true at some Kingsport resale stores. The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Sherwood Road says sales are up about 20 percent. Bee Thrifty Consignment on Lynn Garden Drive reports an increase of 40 percent -- maybe more.


Each store said the extra business is from Christmas shoppers seeking more bang from their bucks. CLICK the box below for a video report.



 



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