Thrifty is nifty

LIHUE — Clothes, DVDs, kitchenware and home decor are just some of the items that will be on sale today at some thrift stores on Kauai.

National Thrift Store Day, which encourages people to support local thrift shops, is today.

It’s important to highlight thrift shops because they provide an important service to the community, said Michele Molineaux, manager of Kauai Humane Society: Blooming Tails Resale Store.

“Not only do people get to recycle their never-ending pile of stuff, they feel good about letting it move on,” she said. “There are people on a fixed income who have families who are looking for bargains and new things.”

So, to mark the day, everything in the store — from pots and pans to sheets, towels and pet supplies— will be 20 percent off.

“The old saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure is very true, and we see that everyday in the store,” Molineaux said.

Donating to thrift stores prevents items from going into the landfill, she added.

“A lot of things that don’t belong in the landfill come here, and we give it a new life,” Molineaux said.

Every dollar spent at Blooming Tails Resale Store in Lihue stays on the island to benefit Kauai’s animals.

The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store is also participating in National Thrift Shop Day. Everything in the store will be 50 percent off the ticketed price, said Lisa DiNorscio, manager of the Lihue location.

“We have pricey furniture items and brand new wedding dresses with tags still on them,” she said. “We get really great donations, it’s unbelievable.”

Both the Hanapepe and Lihue locations are participating the sale, which is the largest one of the season. They will be open at 10 a.m.

Employees are working to stockpile all of the clothes, in preparation for today DiNorscio said.

“We’re fervently working to get as much product as we can out,” she said.

Revenue generated from every purchase will be donated to The Salvation Army in feeding and providing assistance to families and individuals in need, DiNorscio said.

To join in the fun, use #ThriftShopDay to document your adventures and to spread the word about National Thrift Store Day.

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