Jan 25, 2010 6:18 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Thrifty shopping keeps rising

Colorado Springs is home to about 50 second-hand clothing stores.  Pueblo has five.  What that means for a thrifty shopper is that bargains await, if you're willing to dig.

"It's all about the hunting," says Callie Paschal, bargain hunter. "If you're not ready to sit and look through tons of clothes, you better leave now."

Paschal says she still shops retail, but she'll go to a thrift store, like Goodwill Industries, first.  Her bargain hunting skills come from her aunt and grandmother.

"They taught me, come here first," says Paschal.

Thrift stores have stepped up presentation, too:  snappy displays, bright lighting, and organized merchandise, to name a few improvements.

"Our goodwill stores now, they are similar to department stores and people don't have the feeling that they're shopping thrift when they're in our stores," says Laura Marth, spokesperson for Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs.

Marth says this January, Goodwill stores have had more customers, more sales, and more donations than this time last year. 

It is possible, people who may have been first-time thrift shoppers because of the downturn economy are liking what they see, and are coming back to shop the deals.




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