Celebrate National Thriftshop Day Every August 17th

Monday, August 17, 2015

What is a Thrift Store?
A thrift store is a resale shop that sells used goods, typically receiving its inventory from donations. Popular examples of thrift stores include those offered through non-profit organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army.
Other shops that can fall into the category of thrift are consignment shops that sell used clothing that is usually a bit more expensive. These shops sell items on behalf of people who are hoping to make a small profit on an item they no longer want.
Quantity and Success of Thrift Stores
According to the Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, there are more than 30,000 consignment and thrift shops operating in the United States — and that number continues to grow.
The success of these shops is significant. Data from First Research, a market analysis firm, revealed that Goodwill Industries alone generated $2.69 billion in retail sales from more than 2,500 resale stores across the country in 2010.
What Do Thrift Stores Offer?
Depending on the type of thrift store you visit, you could find anything from clothing and shoes to electronics and sporting goods. Not-for-profit shops in particular are usually willing to sell just about anything in good condition.
Of course, you don’t want to go to a thrift shop hoping to find undergarments or groceries. But if you’re looking for used toys for the kids, cheap Halloween costumes, a vintage radio or even a set of golf clubs, a thrift store might have just what you need.


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