Second-hand stores seem to be doing well across the country.
Adele R. Meyer, executive director of the 1,000-member National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops (NARTS), tells the Wall Street Journal the industry keeps growing, especially during slow times.
A recent survey of members found that 66.2 percent of resale stores saw sales climb between January through August 2008, compared with the same period of 2007. The average increase was 35 percent. The survey found that 85.8 percent of stores have seen an increase in new customers and 74.5 percent are seeing new suppliers or donors. -- Source