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Brown Elephant resale shop (Photo by Caylie Sadin)
By Caylie Sadin, Madison Ornstil and Allyson Holt
Shannon Wright is one of the many people who are turning to thrift stores to save money. She ventured into the Brown Elephant in Lakeview looking for a deal on furniture and walked away with a micro suede couch for under $100.
“I was surprised by the condition of it (the couch), because I walked in expecting used products but it looked like it was in great condition” Wright said. “I was very pleased with my purchase”.
The Brown Elephant, located in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood in Lakeview and in Oak Park, is a resale shop and has sold more than 740,000 items yearly, and all the profit goes to charity.
But unlike most businesses, this thrift store has prospered in the recent downturn of the economy. Because more people are interested in finding a good deal, the Brown Elephant has seen more customers than ever before, according to the Assistant Manager Brett Wilson.
“What better place to come than a thrift store to save money?” said Wilson.