Donations to thrift stores dropping
Elsie Pettigrew (from left), Jesse Williams and Mary Ann Belliveau fold pants at the Bargains at the Bridge used clothing store. The Bridge Adult Service Centre, which operates the store, is seeing a decline in donations. Raissa Tetanish – Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Local organizations relying on used clothing stores are hoping things will soon pick up.
Susan Thibodeau, with the Bridge Adult Service Centre, said donations to their thrift shop have been slow lately, which customers have noticed.
"Now it's our biggest revenue program, surpassing the laundry facility," said Thibodeau. "But donations are down."
Over the years, the organization has relied on both the clothing store and the laundry facility to generate income for operational costs.
"The used clothing store has become very popular. In terms of donations to the store in bags, we were probably getting about six bags per day, but now we're down to about two," she said.
"Our customers are noticing that we aren't turning over as much, meaning there isn't as much new stuff."
She said customers aren't complaining, however they do notice.
"If we aren't getting new stuff coming in, they aren't going to come in as often," she said.
Over at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Capt. Chad Ingram said they aren't seeing a significant drop in donations.
"The Thrift Store has been slow lately," he said. "Our shoppers are down more than we'd like but we're not panicking."
Capt. Kathleen Ingram said she's hoping the spring weather will bring more shoppers out to the thrift store in the coming weeks.