Thrift Stores Helping Cash-strapped Families

By: John Lund Email
By: John Lund Email

Back to school shopping can sometimes put a strain on the wallet. But it doesn't have to be. Thrift stores are trying to make the back to school shopping season easier on the family budget.

"Their may not be enough money in the back to school budget to afford back to school clothes," said Hidden Treasures Store Director Steve Shauver. "We are keenly aware of that and want to provide that vehicle to the greater Lansing community."

Shauver says economic conditions have led to less customers at his thrift store. But, he is finding first-time customers in people who have recently fallin on hard times.

"Sure we definitely see that, but it is a combination. We have an existing clientel of who come in on a daily basis, but we also have new shoppers coming in on a daily basis," Shauver said.

Deanna Sheen brings her three children to shop for school clothes at thrift stores.

"We have a tight budget, I mean, we even keep track of it for things like gas and things like that," Sheen said. "You got to make sure you keep track and keep tight on it. I actually use this more than I would an actual store in the mall. Definitely not the mall- it does not appeal to my budget."

Shauver says he just wants to help as many people as possible.

"We will get through these tough times together," Shauver said. "It's real tough right now for all of us, but if we all hang together we'll get through it."

Tough times shauver hope end soon, but the mean time, he says he's happy to give back.

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