As Retail Struggles, Plato’s Closet Thrives

As Retail Struggles, Plato’s Closet Thrives

Today’s trend in retail expansion is all about budget stores. While traditional retailers such as Sears and Macy’s are closing stores, the various dollar store chains are expanding rapidly. And so are the chain stores that sell thrifted clothing. The largest clothing resale chain, Winmark, franchises the store brands Clothes Mentor, Style Encore, Once Upon [...]

Even Gettysburg’s Thrift Shop is Historic

Even Gettysburg’s Thrift Shop is Historic

Thrift stores often aren’t located in prime real estate areas. To keep costs down, you may be searching strip malls and back streets for resale shops. But if you’re visiting historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, you’ll find the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop planted directly on Lincoln Square, at the city’s main traffic circle. In front is a [...]

Cootehill, Ireland Thrifts

Cootehill, Ireland Thrifts

If you needed convincing that thrifting is widespread, imagine our surprise at finding four thrift stores in the market town of Cootehill in County Cavan, Ireland, population 1,853.     Three of them -- the Palliative Care Charity Shop (run by the Irish Hospice Foundation), Vincent’s (run by St. Vincent’s de Paul) and New2U Charity [...]

It Suits Us

It Suits Us

The march toward full-on suited and booted seemed to take forever. Blazers took off and we stopped just short of a full blown suit moment and hovered there forever. Then all of a sudden, suits took off. I am here for it. Thrifting suits is a brilliant idea because what you find is that designers [...]