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Some stores thrive, even in tough times


By Doug Walker – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Inside Re-Threads consignment store in Gulfport, you'll always find shoppers looking for bargains. Lori Hodge stopped by to find something to wear to work. She's passionate about pinching pennies.  

"To find more economical clothes," Hodge said of her consignment store shopping. "There's name brands, and just with the economy the way it is, they have some nice things here."  

One of the reasons these types of stores are so popular in tough economic times is you can get a variety of goods at a very reasonable price, anything from Beanie Babies to bikinis.  

Julie Richardson manages the store, and appreciates the steady stream of customers that come through the door.  

"Our business is good," Richardson said. "They're very popular because people can come and save a lot of money. With the state of the economy the way it is right now, they can buy items in here at a fraction of the cost that they would retail." 

So how good are the savings? Lori picked up 11 casual dress shirts for under $100. 

At the Family Dollar store, the same scene plays out with a line of customers at the check-out. Charles Leaird has one goal in mind when he comes to the store.  

"Obviously to have more and make what's in my wallet go further," Leaird said. 

And as long as there are bargains to find, and dollars to stretch, these stores will do just fine, despite the economy. 

In fact, business has been so good at Re-Threads, the owners have opened a second location in Gulfport that sells only furniture.

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