No one ever wants to be called cheap. But the word "thrifty" doesn't carry quite the same connotative meaning.
In fact, "thrifty" often equates to those consumers who are savvy, headstrong and always looking for the best deal possible. If that's the case, why are thrift type stores often frowned upon if you're in the market for a gift?
The sentiment of that statement often is directly related to the type of thrift or second-hand store you visit. The quality, selection and overall condition of the items within the store, and the store itself, can dictate just exactly what you can expect to buy, as well as the reception you'll receive from the recipient.
Modern day thrift shops certainly have experienced a surge in popularity and sales, and that's not just because of the aptly titled pop song. Reputable thrift stores take in gently used items, the type of products that could easily be passed off as new. Some would even argue that those same products should be described more as antique in nature, rather than simply labeling them "used."
The term "used" sounds like the item is worn out or is haggard in nature, which isn't always the case. As far as the brand names available at thrift stores, customers might be surprised to find that a good portion of them sport some of their favorites: American Eagle, True Religion and products you'd find at retailers such as Macys.
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