FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thrift stores across North Texas say they’re seeing a shift in shopping habits this holiday season, as more folks look for ways to outsmart the supply chain.
From jewelry to typewriters, candlesticks and neon sights. You want it? Montgomery Street Antique Mall in Fort Worth, has it.READ MORE: Texas Amber Alert Issued For 14-Year-Old Hillary Salcedo Out Of Buda
Becky Mingle is a vintage dealer at the location and says this holiday season, they’ve seen more shoppers than ever before.
“We were starting to see people come in to buy those things they couldn’t get,” Mingle said. “They would say ‘I ordered this, I can’t get it, it will be March before it comes in.’”
She believes the most obvious reason, being supply chain woes and of course, product shortages.
“We have it all. We’re stocked. We’re stocked and ready to go!” Mingle said.
She also says people are likely looking for bargains after a tough financial year, as well as for ways to support local business owners.READ MORE: Cashing Out? City Of Dallas Revokes 'Poker Room' Permits Months After Approving Them
“People want to come in and shop small.”
But it’s not just a local trend.
Online vintage and secondhand retailer “Charish” saw a 60% increase in sales this year, and lists the same reasons.
A recent study by the online shopping platform “Mercari” shows three out of four American adults say they expect to buy at least one secondhand item this holiday season, driving as much as $7 billion into the resale sector.
Mingle says it’s an exciting trend for local antique and vintage shops, and a win for consumers, who get unique items, too.MORE NEWS: Wearing Only Socks And Shorts, Dallas 11-Year-Old Traveon Michael Allen Griffin Missing Overnight
“Anyone can go into a department store…but when you come in here, you’re gifting one of a kind things.”