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Second-hand stores are shopper's paradise during tough times

Laura Chartier Laura Chartier
Kenneth Lee Kenneth Lee
Laura Kay Rand Laura Kay Rand

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Tis the season for giving, but how do you do that when you have less to spend?

Instead of turning into a scrooge, think outside the traditional gift box.

Laura Chartier is a serious shopper.

And this store in Downtown Honolulu is a shopper's paradise.

"I first came here a couple of weeks ago because I found out it was really close by and they have everything you could possibly need, like pots and pans, and mugs and clothes, like everything you could need," said Chartier.

But this isn't a department store, or even a discount store.

This is Goodwill.

"I used to shop at Ala Moana, but I mean, the prices there are so high now," said Chartier.  "So I come here and I actually find Banana Republic and brand name clothes. So it's kind of a deal for $2.99."

And they even have stuff for men. Aloha shirts like this retails anywhere from $60 to $100 at a department store. But here, it's only $14.99.

Kenneth Lee has been a Goodwill shopper for several years now.

"It's been a good experience because you can't beat the price and I found my sizes and all," said Lee. 

And more folks are shopping smarter. Goodwill and other thrift stores report a six to ten percent jump in sales from last year.

"The holiday season presents a really good opportunity to shop at Goodwill," said Laura Kay Rand,  Corporate Services Vice President.  "Not only is there a great selection of merchandise, and one-of-a-kind merchandise, but you save so much with value pricing that you're able to get more."

And it also helps the environment because you're buying recycled products.

"Yeah, it's a great place to start if you want to save money, recycling and going green," said Chartier.

Going green and keeping more green in your pocket in these days when everyone is toughing it out.

"It won't break the bank and it's better than a hobby," said Lee.

All of the money the stores earn, goes to support Goodwill's mission: helping people get jobs.

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