Region 8 thrift store slashes prices

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Slashed prices at one Region eight thrift store are aimed at helping families save money.

The Salvation Army opened their new store a few months ago and have cut the prices in their existing store so more people could afford to provide clothing for their families. All the items in the Fisher Street store are now cheaper.

"Families that are on a tight budget, this is a good place to come and get good quality clothing at a reasonable price," said Captain Mark Boatman with The Salvation Army.

"We went to a very simple pricing.  Pretty much all our children's clothes are $1, all our adult clothes are $2 and all our coats are $3," said Boatman.

Boatman and Thrift Store Manager Janice Orr said they do see more people coming through.

"I think we've seen an increase in traffic.  We have a lot of people who are regulars who come to the store and a lot of people that walk by foot," said Boatman.

With each person who comes into the store, they are seeing a slight increase in the number of sales.  However, with a slash in prices they are seeing less income from the store but their goal isn't cash flow but a desire to help others.

"I have a lot of people tell me that they buy almost all of their clothing here because it is the only place they can afford," said Orr.

"Stuff that we have in this store represents, you know, more of the normal, average clothing that you would find in a thrift store," said Boatman.

The Salvation Army Family Store along Caraway Road carries higher quality clothing and still uses the price scale that had been used at the old store!

"This is where you can come and get some clothing for a very, very low price," said Boatman.

Clothing that doesn't sell at the new store is cycled back into the old store at a lower price.  They also provide vouchers for families who qualify to get free clothing.

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