By  on April 22, 2009

Thrift shop nation? Not quite, but secondhand shops are thriving in an era when frugality and savings have renewed traction for Americans.

As retail sectors from mass to luxury struggle to navigate the evolving consumer mind-set during the recession, the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, which represents more than 1,000 thrift, resale and consignment shop members nationwide, said a survey by the organization showed fourth-quarter 2008 sales were up an average of 30 percent in more than 71 percent of the stores.

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