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Please purchase a subscription to read our premium content. Register now for a FREE to keep reading. There's no cost and no credit card required. Already registered? Click the link below. Rain likely. High 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch. Updated: October 24, pm. Rosemary Gillihan, volunteer, looks for the athletic clothing section while putting items on the store floor at The Plaid Door on Thursday, Dec. Half of the store's proceeds goes to St. Evan Abell, Yakima Herald-Republic. When it came time to pick an outfit for a Christmas party earlier this month, Nikki Brown went to her go-to dress: a black and blue knee-length cocktail party dress she purchased last year.
She felt great in the dress and a matching bolero jacket. She purchased both the dress and the jacket at local thrift and second-hand stores. Brown, who works as a client advocate and shelter manager for Union Gospel Mission, has the means to buy clothes at a traditional store, but prefers to check out local thrift stores. The thrill of finding a good deal as well as the ability to find unique and interesting items are among the things that keep shoppers coming back to Yakima Valley thrift and secondhand stores, even in a good economy. And a good economy also means customers have access to a better selection of items, namely because people are willing to donate items of higher quality.
Each local thrift store has a core customer base that varies by location, but collectively, local stores draw a wide array of customers. The Goodwill store at Tieton Drive in Yakima, for example, draws a lot of local families in the neighborhood, while the Goodwill in Ellensburg draws a mix of college students and older residents, Wehmeyer said.
A Goodwill store at S. First St. Proceeds from the store fund job training and other Goodwill programs aimed to help others improve their quality of life. The Plaid Door, a thrift store at N. Some thrift stores have found a niche in certain clothing products and accessories. Everyday work and casual wear can also be purchased inside, Kilty said.
In fact, the store has sold items such as scrubs for medical workers. Even at the top end of the price scale, the shopper is likely to get a considerable discount on a given item. Recently a customer at one Yakima Valley Salvation Army Thrift store purchased a full-size massage chair. Someone donated a collection of 30 vintage cookie jars at Goodwill, said Wehmeyer said. The opportunity to get a unique or interesting item at any given time is what prompts some shoppers to visit a thrift or secondhand store several times a week, if not daily, Wehmeyer said. Customer Nikki Brown said she visits thrift stores often, usually to take advantage of sales.
During the start of the school year, they compiled a list of needed clothing items and then visited all the thrift shops in town. Through those visits they were able to find about 75 percent of the items they were looking for. Shopping with parents has been one way for young people to be exposed to the merits of thrift stores, said Peterson, the manager of the local Salvation Army stores.
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