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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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Default another thrift store?

Hi all-

My husband and I are planning to open a modern thrift store and are in the midst of finding the right location. Savannah and Charleston are two of our top choices. From our research it looks like Savannah has some good second hand shops, way more than Charleston. Do you think that there are plenty or that you could always use another?

Our store would not be the typical low end stuff nor high end vintage. It would be more in the middle with an edited selection of clothing, home goods and furniture along with some new retail as well. There would be focus on good design and merchandising.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this. We want to be an asset to whatever community we settle in. So Savannah, where there is already some good secondhand stuff but perhaps a better thrift store climate or Charleston, where there seems to be not much competition (maybe for a reason).

Any thoughts are appreciated-

EP
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Unread 11-10-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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As an avid thrift store shopper, I would welcome another Savannah store. And I have driven to South Carolina as they seem to have more high-end second-hand offrings. However, please know that many thrift stores benefit people/pets in need, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Humane Society, church-related programs, etc. to name just a few. So I think if you were at least partially connected to a good cause (like the Habitat for Humanity resale shops where only about 20% goes to the cause) you wouldn't be taking anything away from others. If you are in it purely for profit, you may be missing out on some good customers.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 01:43 PM
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The more thrift stores the better, I say. If you can't afford downtown or the Victorian district where you'd benefit from that crowd, you could set up shop near the others on the Southside near Montgomery Cross Road and Sally Mood Dr. Seems thrift shoppers like to hit several shops on a trip rather than just going to one.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Great point, Carmelita189. A portion of our proceeds are going to orphan care, which is actually the driving force behind our business. We are thrilled to get to help in area we deeply care about. Thanks for mentioning that.
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