CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A lot of people who are struggling right now have turned to second-hand stores to make ends meet. In fact, the increase in popularity has allowed Goodwill to open new and bigger stores.
A smaller Goodwill store has actually been in this location for the last three years, but so many people were coming through the doors, they actually needed a bigger space, and now they have one.
The doors opened at 9 a.m., and shoppers, some of whom had been lined up for at least an hour, poured in.
Book dealer Bob Noodleman was so engrossed in the good finds, he didn't have time to stop and chat with us.
"It's important to have first choice of books, otherwise competitors get them all," he said.
Doloris Jackson is a frequent Goodwill shopper. She was also one of the first customers through the door.
"I buy household things and clothing," she said.
Jackson is excited to have this new store in her neighborhood, and says without it, she would have to do without.
"If we didn't have places like this a lot of us could not shop, we just could not shop, we just could not afford to shop, and everybody wants to shop, so this makes it easy for us to shop."
Goodwill officials say they couldn't be happier to help in this tough economy.
"We have been growing our stores, we have been adding a number of new stores over the past number of years, really with the idea that we are really trying to expand our mission, to be able to get more people employed and get more people into the workplace," said Charles Layman, Goodwill President and CEO.
This new Goodwill store is located in the 12000 block of Iron Bridge Road right next to the Wal-Mart.