Thrift Shoppers

By WBNG Weather

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 9, 2008 at 7:59 PM EDT

If you don't want to burn a hole in your wallet, think thrift.

The Open Door Mission Thrift Store in Owego helps shoppers cut back on spending.

"I definitely think the economy has people somewhat concerned. Everybody is trying to stretch that dollar just a little bit further than they did before," says Donna Jantez, Manager of Open Door Mission.

Clothes are cheap and on Thursday nights, there's a bag sale.

10 dollars for all the clothes you can fit in a brown bag.

"All the shirts that I buy from here which are usually the valor type of thing, I pay about two dollars, where as in the store you pay about 15,20,30," says Sandra Ann Malulla of Spencer.

"There are some good items here and they come in new and it really helps with the budget, you know. You can take care of just about all of your family members in some way or another," says Della Adams of Owego.

Volunteers say they've seen bigger crowds these past few months.

As well as some new faces.

"There are people who have probably never shopped the mission before and perhaps circumstances of our economy are forcing people into this place, but it's a good place to come to," says Volunteer Ginny Palmiter.

The store also sells shoes, appliances, furniture, toys, and books

But its most popular showcase now is the holiday section.

That brings in Bob Truesdail.

"The store is good because you can get all the things you need, or most of the things that you need at a much lower price," says Bob Trusdail of Candor.

Open Door Mission says donations have recently gone down.

But its customers say they are trying to fill the gap to give back to those who have helped them.

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