Housatonic Habitat for Humanity hosted the first meeting of a new collaboration between region thrift shows to highlight the growing regional impact of this resale industry.
Representatives of Thrifts Shops, which support a variety of non-profit missions, discussed ways to combine forces to publicize their operations, missions, and re-use/re-cycle missions. The meeting comes on the heels of a Housatonic Habitat’s project which compiled the area’s first “Local Thrift Shops Guide” published recently. The free brochure lists more than a dozen local thrift shops, their focus, mission, and hours of operation.
“We are very pleased with the turnout of our first meeting,” said Fran Normann, Housatonic Habitat’s Executive Director, “and hope to create events like Earth Day and special sales to help emphasize our important work done in the communities we serve.”
According to industry research, thrift and consignment shop sales have increased 50% over the last decade, while sales at traditional brick and mortar stores have declined. Used furniture and used books are some of the strongest segments of the resale industry. Consumers like to shop at thrift stores for environmental reasons as well as a way to express individuality.
Housatonic Habitat for Humanity focuses on making a meaningful difference in the lives of qualified working families by promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency through ownership of affordable homes. By providing decent, affordable, safe housing to qualified regional families, Housatonic Habitat contributes to community revitalization in the greater Danbury region by creating homes that can transform a street and neighborhood and add value to the community.