As prices soar, more people shifting to thrifting

From kitchen items to furniture and clothes, paying for everyday household goods is hard for many families right now.

More Minnesotans are shifting to thrifting.

Sales at thrift stores across the state are on the rise.

Business at Bibles for Missions Thrift Center in Crystal is up 25% from last year.

“We don’t always want to be called the lowest-price option but, in fact, we usually are,” Ronn Kreps with Bibles for Missions Thrift Center said. “The core customers really are these folks who really are stretched on their budget. They are tight. They need the kinds of goods we have.”

The Salvation Army says business at their thrift stores is up about 20% from this time last year. Store employees are even getting special training to help first-time customers.