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Second-hand goods in demand
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Thrift shop business booming
More people are buying in second-hand stores as
the rate of inflation climbs.
The hard-hitting impact of inflation is
causing some persons who never
considered it before to turn to Lincoln's
second-hand stores as a way to beat
high prices, according to Leslie Bailey,
director of public relations for Lincoln
"Especially with inflation, we are
seeing a wide variety of persons coming
into the store," he said. "We see
everyone from students to fur-clad
persons driving Cadillacs."
Capt. George Smeltzer of the Salva
tion Army Social Service Center, and
Dorothy Ebner, manager of the Junior
League Thrift Shop, said their stores
have always attracted a wide variety of
Ebner said sales at the Thrift Shop are
Bailey said that although second-hand
stores in some cities are having
considerable problems, the Lincoln
Goodwill stores are "doing quite well."
Despite inflation, all three reported
that people are still making donations to
Bailey said donations are holding up
because "things aren't built the way
they used to be. There are fewer repair
shops now, and persons don't want to do
the repair work themselves. "
He said even though repair work on
many items is done by volunteers, the
inflated prices of replacement parts Is
more than Goodwill can absorb.
Because the Thrift Shop takes items
on consignment, Ebner said they do not
repair the items, but sell them at low
enough prices that the individual buyer
can afford to repair the items.
Consignment means the Thrift Shop
sells the items and returns 50 per cent of
the sale to the person who supplied the
item, Ebner said. The other stores sell
only donated items.
Many students are buying "mod"
merchandise, according to Bailey. He
said jeans area big seller because "the
more faded they are, the better they are
to the student."
Clothing is the largest selling item in
all the stores. Ebner said people buy
used clothing because of the high cost of
According to Smeltzer, furniture is In
high demand, but it also is one of the
items that is most needed by the stores.
"Most persons aren't giving furni
ture." Ebner said.
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