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November/December 2012

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business Been There Swapped That t seems that money is tight for everyone these days, especially when trends – or growth spurts – prompt wardrobe changes for your children and teens. Or perhaps you're starting a new job or lost weight and need to update your own look. Maybe you just need something snazzy to wear to all those holiday parties but your budget is stretched by all the giſt buying. Those looking for bargains right now are in luck as styl- ish and gently loved items are increasingly easy to find in Fayetteville. I Featuring high quality goods at oſten drastically reduced prices, today's resale and consignment marketplace is blos- soming thanks to value-conscious consumers. Shoppers love a bargain, and as disposable income is harder to come by, A down economy has spurred the popularity of resale stores BY KRISTY STEVENSON the public is keenly aware that resale shopping means higher quality for less money. It has become a multi-billion dollar industry that's growing 5 to 10 percent a year according to the National Association of Resale & Thriſt Shops (NARTS). As one of the fastest growing segments of retail, more than 25,000 resale, consignment and thriſt shops across the United States, plus mammoth online markets like eBay and Craigslist, have made the idea of resale even more conventional. And, of course, there are those who just enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Assessed at over $200 billion, the children's market has been called bigger than fast food. Second-hand outlets like Lily Kat's, Once Upon a Child, Plato's Closet, High Cotton Consignment, Sacks Consigned Designs and more, have cropped up all over | 33

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