Thrift Stores a Big Hit For the Holidays

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Black Friday, it's an up-early and rush-around time when people are looking for once a year bargains on some of the biggest brand name items around.

But not everybody heads to malls or big shopping centers.

"Our last week, our last couple of weeks have been very, very good here." Manager of Dothan Goodwill Lillian Batie said. "We have had really good sales here. And it started off really good today (Friday)."

Yes, the thrift stores are seeing big crowds as well. They have low-prices all year, but see a big bump in sales when the holidays near.

They too have brand names shoppers look for, but the prices are great during an economic downturn.

"They are a lot cheaper here," Batie said. "If you come to get name brands, and for what you pay 40- 50 dollars there you can get for 8-10 dollars."

Bethany Chandler is a cashier as Dothan Rescue Mission. She says hundreds of bargain hunters came today looking for deals.

"You just have to dig," Chandler said. "People are willing to dig for clothes nowadays. Instead of just paying like a $100 for a t-shirt and pants."

The Rescue Mission is offering special sales for the holidays. They have bags packed with things like toys, linens, and stuffed animals for just a dollar.

And clothing can be less than that.

"Everything we sell is like 58 cents or 28 cents or something like that," Chandler said. "Where you could go to like a department store or something and it be like $20 so I mean it makes sense."

And with Goodwill completing more than 120 transactions, and the Rescue Mission seeing hundreds, thrift store shopping is making sense for more people this holiday season.

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