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Save Money at Tri-Cities Thrift Stores

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- Most of the thrift store managers KNDU talked to say sales have increased. Large-chain thrift stores like Goodwill and Value Village are seeing many more shoppers. We went to a thrift store called Shop CI, where they say sales are way up.

It's like going on a treasure hunt to find a good deal, but there is starting to be more competition because in a struggling economy shoppers are turning to thrift stores to make their money go farther.

"This is $2.99 in a regular store you'd probably pay $10 to $12 for it, it's got some spots here, but I rubbed them and they come off. I hang these on my wall," said Mary Ann Finn, thrift shopper.

"This particular book right here I just saw it at retail price which is $7.50 at Barnes and Noble just the other day and I can get it here, I'm guessing for less than a buck," said Daniel Martin, shopping at Shop CI.

Shoes, pants, suits, and shirts all for fractions of the full prices in department stores and it's one way to stretch a dollar. It's also a good solution for buying clothes for growing children.

"They should try it especially the baby clothes and the clothes for the children, they sell them for hardly anything and some of the them are brand new," said Finn.

Shop CI  is part of Columbia Industries, in Kennewick. The thrift store has only been open for two years and when the economy started dropping they saw a big rise in sales.

"We are seeing a lot of new shoppers come in. I think people are just trying to be thrifty and watch their money. When they can come in and buy a nice pair of used Dockers or a Polo shirt for a few bucks and get a great deal, people are really seeing that," said Jeff Thompson, Operations Director of Columbia Industries.