Sales at Big Clothing Retailers Down, Up at Goodwill

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

The numbers are in and they're not good for national retailers. Sales at both Dillards and J.C. Penny's are down 12% from this time last year.

The news is the same for many of the country's best known clothing stores.

More people are bagging up bargains at thrift stores like Goodwill.

"Yes, yes because its got a better price," said shopper Nancy Birnbaum.

Although sales are sluggish at most national retail chains, sales at Goodwill stores in the Brazos Valley are up 10% this year, and 11% for the month of August.

"I think people are more interested in bargains right now than ever before with the economy like it is," said shopper Kathy Marshall.

Marshall says she lost her job three months ago. Now, shopping at thrift stores is part of her overall plan to save money.

"I'm even buying cheaper dog food for my yorkie," said Marshall. She's not alone.

"I think as the economy is hurting and the dollar is being stretched further and further families are
looking at saving money where they can," said Anthony Birnbaum.

The folks here are not only looking at their own pocketbooks, but also trying to help their friends.

"I'll tell 'em come look at Goodwill, cause you might find what you're looking for at a better price," said Nancy Birnbaum. "Clothing wise, you could save $50 easily."

So while cash registers might not be as busy at malls, it could just mean folks are taking their dollars elsewhere.

While their sales are up, employees at Goodwill say the stores could use more donations. They say when times are tight, people tend to hold onto items they might have otherwise donated.

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