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Thrift Stores are Thriving in this Ecomony

Thrift stores, sometimes known as second hand stores and thrift shops, are normally shops that are run by charitable organizations.  Their inventory usually comes by way of donation and a lot of times, depending on the organization, their employees are actually volunteers, which helps keep costs down.  It used to be that only people looking for a bargain shopped at these second hand stores, but with the economy taking a roller coaster ride, more and more people are turning to these stores to help make ends meet.

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Besides saving money, some of the other advantages to shopping at thrift stores are that by shopping at a thrift store, we help conserve valuable resources and help to clean up the environment.  Buying at a thrift store is also akin to recycling and we use less space for landfills in addition to finding designer and brand name items that we may not otherwise be able to afford.  Besides people looking for a bargain, before this recession, the other people who had already turned to thrift stores were antique dealers, designers and people looking to decorate their space.

In the past I have written about both interesting and profitable thrift store finds.  In one story, I wrote about a man in Nashville, Tennessee that purchased what he thought was a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  It turned out that he purchased not a copy but an old official copy worth more than 100,000 times than what he paid for it.  In another story, a woman purchased a valuable painting of a race horse worth quite a bit of money.

Personally, I have purchased quite a few items myself at thrift stores including a Royal Delft platter, a vintage toy kaleidoscope, paintings, prints and some furniture. Some of the things I have re-sold for a profit, although nothing as extravagant as a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  Some of the other items, like a beautiful vintage framed print that hangs in our dining room, decorate our home.  Not everyone is going to find a deal in a thrift store that will make them rich every time they shop there.  However, one thing is certain; you will always find a good deal and with these economic times, who canít use a good deal?