Elgin Salvation Army Thrift Store Closing During the Winter Due to Slump in Sales

Story courtesy of CBS 2 News CHicagoOctober 20, 2009ELGIN, Ill. (CBS) ―In these tough economic times, department stores aren’t the only shops taking a hit. Thrift stores are taking a beating, too. As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, a thrift shop in Elgin has seen such a slump, it’s closing for the season.The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Elgin makes between $40,000 and $50,000 each year. Last year, the store made only $14,000.More clothes are also being given away to those in need, rather than being sold. The store also lost $4,000 in profit last year.”Because of the economy and everything, no jobs, people are trying to hang on to what they have because they can’t afford to buy anything new,” said Mae Adams, a sales clerk at the Elgin store.Adams said there are less high-end donations that bring in more money.This will be the first Salvation Army Thrift Store to close during the winter months. The shop, offering everything from housewares and handbags to clothing and shoes, is giving more clothes away to those in need, than they’re selling.   Read more | Donation Drop Off Locations

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