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Tough economy has driven more people to thrift stores

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PASCO, Wash. --  Most of the people who shop at thrift store try to find a good deal. But, as the holiday's approach, some of those shoppers are doing their Christmas shopping in thrift stores for the first time.

"Everything is costing more and there's less money coming in and we were pretty much forced out of stores that we normally shop at for financial reasons," says Goodwill customer Sandra Caraway.

A weakened economy last year drove many to discount retailers, and stores like Goodwill in Pasco are still seeing an increase in customers this year that they haven't seen before.

"People have lost their jobs, people that now don't have the higher paying jobs, they're looking for deals. Deals in clothing, electronics, house wares, and especially Christmas," says Goodwill manager Elena Alexander.

Rough economics have not just effected Caraway, they've also reach her friends, " ... our friend in particular expressed to me that if it wasn't for being able to do this, she wouldn't be able to have Christmas for her kids. So she has done all of her shopping here."

Other area thrift stores have all reported an increase in their bottom line from last year citing to economy, but also word of mouth advertising.