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Like big businesses, thrift stores see holiday jump in sales

8:46 PM, Dec. 10, 2012
Michelle Boehn, owner of Plaid Button Consignment, laces up a dress on a mannequin at her store.
Michelle Boehn, owner of Plaid Button Consignment, laces up a dress on a mannequin at her store.
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Several of the second-hand and consignment stores in Merrill are seeing the same jump in sales as the big box stores this holiday season.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, the largest thrift store in Merrill, has seen a large influx of customers since the middle of November, manager Cathy Robinson said Friday. Black Friday isn't as big a shopping day for St. Vincent as it is for large companies, so St. Vincent relies on a steady stream of people throughout November and December, Robinson said.

"We generally see a dramatic increase before Christmas," she said. ...

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