Resale Sales Remain Healthy

EUGENE, Ore. — Labor Day weekend is synonymous with back-to-school sales.

Big stores are offering deals from clothing to sports gear.

Resale remains healthy. According to the Association of Resale Professonals, there are currently more than 25,000 resale shops in the U.S., and they are attracting consumers from all economic levels.

Sales are also up. Savvy shoppers are always looking for deals. This Labor Day weekend, many are shopping for back-to-school clothing and shoes.

According to a recent report, between 16 and 18 percent of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year.

Resale is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, generating $13 billion in 2010. Goodwill brought in $4.2 billion nationally. St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, which operates 12 stores, made $12 million.

Clothing sales at St. Vincent de Paul are up 10 to 15 percent. Shoe sales are up 20 percent.

Another surprising trend is St. Vincent de Paul says more shoppers are purchasing books. Over a million books were sold last year.

“Unlike what you hear in the media–that books sales are not necessarily the future–we are seeing a dramatic increase in books sales,” said Terry McDonald, St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County Executive Director.

Some of those books are used text books purchased by college students. Overall, books sales are up 20 percent as is the customer count.

Many resale shops will be competing with big stores on Labor Day. We’ve learned St. Vincent De Paul will be open normal business hours.

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