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January 06, 2009

Spend Thrift

As a new year begins amid continued economic worries, retail stores are suffering. But thrift stores are becoming increasingly popular.

Terri Thompson was embarrassed as a child when her mother dragged her to thrift stores to try on clothes. She still remembers going to school in one particularly hideous outfit: a secondhand skirt altered to make bell bottoms. But as an adult, Terri soon realized she liked shopping in thrift stores. She could find everything she wanted - at affordable prices.

Recently Terri took on the challenge of inspiring others to shop at thrift stores, too. She convinced a local builder to give her the keys to a model home and she furnished it entirely with secondhand items. As she tells Dick Gordon, the event was a huge success and convinced many more people of the value of purchasing things used.

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