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Published January 31, 2011, 06:25 PM

A Slow Time For Thrift Stores, But a Good Time for Customers

Although this is a slow time for some thrift stores in Grand Forks, some people are still trying to shop and save.

Although this is a slow time for some thrift stores in Grand Forks, some people are still trying to shop and save.

Saving money is a big priority for 20-year-old Grant Goodsell and 21-year-old Holly Muhonen.

"Having a young child, you need things that aren't extremely expensive.

Shopping at Dakota Boys Ranch helps the couple make ends meet as they work their way through college," Holly said.

January is Dakota Boys Ranch's slowest month for shoppers. Donations have also been slow. They're only up about one percent from this time last year.

But business is booming at local consignment stores. Plato's Closet in Grand Forks has seen a 35% increase in items dropped off.

Managers say people want to make money off of clothes they don't need.

"People are always looking to save a penny here or make a penny there, so I think if they can come in and save a little bit of money while they're here I think it helps out," Plato's Closet Manager Walker Waage said.

No matter what time of year, slow or busy, customers like Grant and Holly will still shop for a good deal.

"I've gotten a lot of clothes that can be expendable and are three or four dollars a shirt or for pants," Holly said.

Dakota Boys Ranch on 2017 Demers Avenue has it's bag sale this Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m.

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