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During Hard Economic Times, East Texans Hit The Garage Sales And Thrift Stores

Some of us are just bargain shoppers, but during hard economic times more and more people are turning to thrift stores to save a buck.  Friday morning, East Texans were lined up early for the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Clothing and Garage Sale.  As KLTV 7's Molly Reuter explains, it almost looked like the day after Thanksgiving.  


"I have bought couches, love seats and tables," said bargain shopper Lafon Thompson. 

"Something for Christmas, or some nick knacks to put on my shelf," said bargain shopper Shawana Johnson.  The holidays are right around the corner, and if you need proof, take a look at the crowd at the Salvation Army garage sale. 

"Lots of clothes," said bargain shopper Julie Northcut. 

"Just anything that looks good, that I enjoy looking at," said bargain shopper C.W.  When you're looking for a bargain, bring your patience because you are not the only one.

"It's neat too see everybody that is going for used items," said bargain shopper Robert McWhorter.  "It tells a little bit about the economy I think, and that's why we are here because the economy is kind of a little, yeah."  Many people like McWhorter don't like to talk about the poor economy.  They say they're just grateful to have a place like garage sales to shop at.

"That's affecting people," said Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Clothing Chairman Lynne Dowell.  "They are buying more gently used clothes rather than going to the stores and buying new clothes."  Garage sales are not the only place people are flocking to in order to save a buck.  Shoppers are also going to the Goodwill stores in Tyler.  In the past few months the Goodwill says it's seen an increase in their customers by at least 10 percent.

"Business has been very good," said Goodwill Director of Retail Operations Gail Gray.  "We have a lot of new faces, a lot of new customers.  They are finding they really get a good value for their money here."  And unlike garage sales, the Goodwill is open seven days a week, helping some of us become full time bargain hunters.

"Things have gotten so bad that we have to do what we have to do when we can," said Johnson.  If you missed the Salvation Army's Garage Sale Friday, don't worry.  It continues Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The sale is at the Salvation Army Complex in the area of North Spring and Bow Streets.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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