NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - At first glance, a shopper would think there's lots of clothes in the Family Crisis Center's Nacogdoches thrift store. Manager Lisa Jackman sees a shortage based on a drop in donations.
"It has this week," Jackman said. "That's what scared me and why I started Monday trying to find some stuff.">
Jackman knows every foot of the store and what it takes to fill it.
"To be able to rotate this out, I need 14,000 pieces on the floor every day," she said. "If I sell 400 pieces today, I got to put back 900."
Just like major department stores. No wonder regular shoppers call it Nacogdoches Macy's.
"Every two days just about," shopper Susan Kenner said. "I'm a bargain shopper, big time so. It's one of the best places to come and look."
"Just like you're seeing that new shirt there with a $58 price tag and I have it for $6.99," Kenner said. "It's never been worn. Still people say I don't go in those kind of stores. Well, why not?"
Jackman runs the thrift store like a manager for a profitable retail store, but there's one major difference.
"I know the money goes for a good cause and that's what makes the difference," Kenner said.
"When our clients have a need, say a bus ticket to get back home to their families where they'll be safe, we can purchase those with revenues we get from our thrift stores," said Judy May, the operations director. "So it's absolutely vital to us."
Keeping that in mind, Jackman continues to watch her inventory and anxiously waits for the next load of donations to come in.
Donations can be dropped off at either store Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
The Lufkin store is in the Chestnut Village Two and the Nacogdoches store is next to Walmart and Staples.