By Caitlin Coakley
CHARLOTTE — If it took the recession for you to discover the fun of thrift shops and consignment stores, you’re in good company. Several secondhand clothing shops in Charlotte have seen more customers in the past year, but not necessarily more sales.
“We’re getting customers from all walks of life now, from the bankers to the doctors to the schoolteachers,” said Michele Britt, manager of the Junior League Warehouse on Pecan Avenue. “This economy has hit everyone.”
At Goodwill, sales for 2009 were up 3.6 percent over 2008, according to Armando Barragan, communications and promotions manager for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.
“We’re seeing a lot of new faces in our stores,” he said. “A lot of people are turning to us to stretch the dollar.”
Enter your email address/USER ID and password in the fields above to gain access to the subscriber content on this site.
Your subscription includes one set of login credentials for your exclusive use. Security features have been integrated on this site: If someone signs in with your credentials while you are logged in, the site will automatically close your ongoing login and you will lose access at that time. To inquire about group subscriptions for your organization, contact Joann Griffin.
Already a paid subscriber but not registered for online access yet? Click Here to register.
Forgot password or User ID?