It may not be a name-brand, big-box retailer or a mall icon enjoying its annual back to school bump in clothing sales.
Yet the Ogdensburg Salvation Armys Seek-n-Find thrift store at 727 State St. experiences its own spurt in sales of used and donated clothing for its customers as the new school year approaches. In a tough economy, store manager Joanne Clouthier said, there is no decrease in the stores customer traffic flow during the traditional August back-to-school shopping period.
But there is an urgency.
People are struggling right now, she said.
Ms. Clouthier said that children up to age 13 make up most of the Seek-n-Find stores customers, and their needs are usually pants and shirts.
Clothing prices at the store start at $3 and, by and large, dont rise too high into the double digits.
Theres nothing in that store that costs than $20, said Salvation Army Capt. Timothy A. Shaffer.
The hard economy of suddenly single income families and joblessness also means that more and more Seek-n-Find store customers are newcomers.
Were getting quite a few families coming in for the first time, Ms. Clouthier said. And we have our regulars, too.
Mr. Shaffer also said that more Canadians are shopping at the Seek-n-Find store here in order to avoid paying the higher sales taxes at home.