Resell, Re-wear, Repair

By Julianne Sweeney

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

An old shopping option is gaining a new following.

Consignment is on the rise.

"It is not normal to be this constant all week long. - A lot of activity, and I think it's the economy." says Ann Furlong, Owner of Fabulous Finds.

Business is up 20 percent at Fabulous Finds in Vestal.

The consignment shop buys gently used clothing from customers.

If it sells, a customer gets 50-percent of the sale.

"I can get marvelous brand names at a fraction of the costs of retail." says Sally Pisani of Vestal.

"I would call it guilt-free shopping because I'm saving money." says Kathy Fishbein of Vestal.

Another way to save is to repair.

Collin Stuart of Vestal Shoe Repair is fixing broken heels everyday.

He says more people in their 20's are discovering his service.

"Do you really exist? I had no thought that shoe repair still exists. These are my favorites, I can't throw them out." says Stuart.

Stuart usually charges 15 dollars to repair men's heels.

And half that for women.

"In this economy, you just need to save money." says Fishbein.

People who shop consignment estimate a savings of 50-percent off retail.

"It's one of those recession proof businesses." says Furlong.

Recycling and repair may be the new retail therapy.

Fabulous Finds puts items on the floor a month.

Those that don't sell are donated to local charities.

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