Thrift shopping on the rise this Christmas

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thrift shopping may have become more of a trend than a necessity and Goodwill, is banking on it this Christmas.

"People are reusing merchandise, keeping things out of the landfill, they're supporting the go green initiative," said Jocelyn Trimiew, District Operations Manager for Goodwill.

Goodwill sales in Richmond are up 17 percent compared to last December. This is the time of year when most of their donations come in.

"The bar has been raised but our Richmond Goodwill has always made an effort to put the very best of what we receive out for our customers," said Trimiew.

Clothes at the Goodwill are color coordinated, ironed, and polished to look close to new, but shopper, Jennie Grumblatt says some of the best stuff here is the dated clothes, she says are vintage.

"I like more of the vintage style so older ladies will bring their dresses from that you can't find them because they're not in anymore and at a regular vintage boutique it would be really expensive but here it's like 5 bucks," said Grumblatt.

The savings are obvious.

"We're trying to save money, and the way the economy is going and everything we just want to save our pennies as much as we can," said Jennie's mom, Lorrie Grumblatt.

A big percentage of the donated merchandise is sold to other countries, but a small portion, Goodwill says some of the best, is kept in the U.S. and recycled back through their retail stores.

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