Shoppers are becoming more thrifty

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It seems every time you turn around the price of something is going up, whether its gas, groceries or clothes. But could these rising prices be pushing more people to shop at second-hand stores?

Janie Baldwin told News Leader Nine, "I love to shop at thrift stores, I always feel like I'm getting a bargain and saving my money. It's easier to just come in here and get it at a cheaper price."

Shoppers like Janie Baldwin are becoming more common as consumers search for the best deals. She said, "If I need a can opener, I'm not going to pay full price for a can opener when I can get one for $3 and take it home and clean it with some Clorox."

Thrift store owners are seeing more and more people flock to their stores to get more for less.

Tina Rexach owns Crazy Daisy Retail and Thrift store and explained, "They're looking for things out there that are extremely expensive: pots and pans, clothing, children's clothing, and furniture. They are looking for good furniture at a great price and at thrift stores you can find that."

The number one thing on shoppers' lists is clothes.

"They want clothing that is in style and up-to-date but not with a $45 price tag. They want to be in style and trendy but they want to do it for less," said Rexach.

If you regularly shop at department stores you can expect to spend more than you want, but if you sort through the racks at a thrift store you can find great deals like a suit with a $280 price tag, on sale for $40, or a chip and dip set, new in the box for a little more than $5.

"They have the power bill, they have the mortgage or rent and necessities or things they pick up in places like this are lower prices. They have to pay money for the big things but they can save money on the general stuff they get every day," added Southern Thrift Market owner Chris Cobb.

Thrift shopping is not only a smart choice financially, but a lot of people are heading to the stores because anything labeled vintage or antique is becoming really trendy.

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