Rapid City thrift stores see increased traffic this Black Friday - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City thrift stores see increased traffic this Black Friday.

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Most of the press on Black Friday focuses on the big chain retailers. But a large number of shoppers in KOTA Territory hit the thrift stores Friday to find that great deal.

At the Salvation Army Thrift Store on East Saint Patrick Street, all items were 50 percent off on Wednesday, and from 9 to noon Friday.

Staff say the store foot traffic has been "incredible," with sales triple the normal amount during this sale.

Manager Dorothy Young says her store and shoppers have even benefited from the major sales at the chain stores.

"People are going out to regular stores on Black Friday, regular box stores, buying items, and bringing their used items here. So you can really get some good deals if you come in," said Young.

The Club for Boys Thrift Store also saw an above average number of customers Friday.

Staff say supporting the thrift store is not only a great way to find a bargain, but also a great way to help the community, as profits go to helping the boys involved in the program.

"We appreciate all of our loyal customers—we have a lot of loyal customers, we see them every day, every week. Donors as well, and without them we wouldn't be here," said Marlene Montoya, assistant manager of the Club for Boys Thrift Store.

Both thrift stores are accepting donations. The Club for Boys Thrift Store can be found online at http://www.theclubforboys.com/thrift-store. For more information on the Salvation Army Thrift Store, click on http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_blackhills.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/26DFD472A8A0686A862574800062E600?openDocument.

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