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Thrifty’s celebrates one year in business this Friday

By Staff | Aug 27, 2009

Brenda Christensen, Thrifty’s employee, shows one of the ELC monogrammed sportswear items for sale at Thrifty’s. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

And whoever said it wouldn’t work.

As of July 1, Thrifty’s on South Sixth Street celebrated one year in business in downtown Estherville. The thrift store operated by ECHO PLUS has been a big hit with a number of folks those who no longer need usable surplus merchandise as well as those looking for a good deal to help weather the recession. Plus that, the store generates revenue for ECHO PLUS which, like many agencies dedicated to helping people, has seen waning government assistance.

The result is a business that’s seeing a brisk trade at its South Sixth Street location.

This Friday, Thrifty’s is celebrating a year in business. Thrifty’s manager LouAnn Swenson said the store will hold a Beat the Clock gamed. A number of people put their names in for a drawing and four lucky people, whose names are listed in an ad in today’s Daily News, qualified for the free Thrifty’s shopping spree. At 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, the shoppers will meet and each will draw a number to determine how many minutes he or she has for the free shopping spree. Each shopper will then be given the allotted time to fill a shopping cart.

In addition, there will be sales on selected items throughout the store on Friday. They include half off on clothing, shoes at $1 a pair and discounts on household and decor items. In addition, shorts have been on sale for $1 and T-shirts for 50 cents all this week. The sale ends Friday.

Swenson said before-school shopping has been brisk and Thrifty’s plans on having a rack of monogrammed sportswear featuring local teams.

Thrifty’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.