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What is a Thrift Store or Thrift Shop?

Updated on December 3, 2012
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A thrift is a secondhand store that offers a surfeit amount of items. The items come from donations, and even department stores' left overs. The items can be quality and sometimes damaged goods. The worth of the items and the potential for good use is determined by the shopper. People shop at thrifts to find gently used clothes,shoes,home goods, and furniture. Sometimes people buy damaged things and restore them. Beauty and worth is all in the eyes of individual shoppers. Many frequent shoppers use great shopping strategies to be successful shoppers.

With the tremendously high cost of living faced by many families today, many Americans are searching for clothes, shoes, furniture, and many other items in their local thrift stores. "According to America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm, about 16 - 18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year. For consignment/resale shops, it’s about 12 - 15%. To keep these figures in perspective, consider that during the same time frame; 11.4% of Americans shop in factory outlet malls, 19.6% in apparel stores and 21.3% in major department stores".(©2012 NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals).

We have to make our money stretch in order to try to cover all the expenses presented in this life. Shopping at a thrift means that you are frugal and that you understand the value of your money. It can also just mean that you like a deal rather you are broke or wealthy. Many might believe that only low socially economic families shop at second hand stores, this is not necessarily true.I know middle class families that go to thrift stores regularly and they make no effort to hide it.I think that it is really nice that struggling families can find quality items for less. When the winter comes it amazes me how many families raid the coat racks. Regularly priced coats can be expensive for families with fixed incomes. This market is a positive contributor to aiding the less fortunate and it is a nice place for others who are willing to look and see the potential of something used.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I love thrift stores. You can find so many things at such good prices there. I wandered in one recently - just looking around. I found a brand-new pantsuit (tags still on) in my size. I bought it for one dollar, hemmed the pants to my shortness and viola - a spiffy new outfit for me!

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      Dominique Broomfield 4 years ago from Texas,USA

      Wow,Esmeowl12 that's the kind of deal I get excited about! Thanks for sharing.

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