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Thrift stores see boom times in hard times

Jul 27, 2011 2:01:29 AM- latimes.com
The aisles of St. Vincent de Paul and Goodwill stores in the region are packed with customers trying to stretch their shrinking dollars. Both thrift store operators have seen sales increase in recent months.

The expansive parking lot at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Lincoln Heights was nearly full Monday afternoon, with yet more cars wedged into tight spots out on the sun-blasted street. Bargain hunters scaled the stairs like salmon going upstream, working against the satisfied shoppers on their way out with full carts.

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