Thrifty Holiday Shopping

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With high dollar Christmas wish lists that include things like ipods, and lcd tv's, it's no wonder people stress about Christmas shopping. But gift giving this year doesn't have to break the bank. Your local thrift store may have that special gift you're looking for for just a fraction of new store prices.

You won't find a whole lot of people waiting in line to get good deals at thrift stores, but if you look closely, you may find the perfect Christmas gift for the perfect price. "If they can take the time to look they can find a bargain and find a nice gift too" says Salvation Army Store Manager Sharon Ayres.

With economic times looking grim for the nation, many East Texas families are looking for ways to save without cutting too many corners this Christmas season. Ayres says, "a lot of people are struggling this year trying to come up with Christmas gifts. They're doing their decorating here, buying things to make their house pretty for the holiday. They're also being creative, looking for ways to create gifts".

Whether you're looking for purses, toys, jewlery, or just a fun knick-knack, there's a lot to choose from.  Ayres recalled how they had a grandmother in the other day that took some clothes she was gonna iron them up and give them as a gift this year in lieu of going to the store and buying something brand new. Not only can you find a great deal on great Christmas gifts, but when you shop at resale shops like Goodwill, The Women's Shelter, and Salvation Army, your Christmas cash is going to programs that help those who are less fortunate.

"We have the food, feeding program, feed a hot meal everyday. They have the angel tree ministry at christmas. We do the school supplies when school starts. We do food vouchers, clothing vouchers, help people with utility bills, so your money goes a long ways past buying the gifts you get" says Sharon Ayres.

Thrift stores not only sell gently used items, but they've been known to get in designer name and new goods as well. And along with their already lower prices, these stores frequently slash prices by another 20 to 50 percent.