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By Len Kiese - bio | email

December 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Christmas shopping in the middle of a recession isn't easy. As many people hunt for bargains, business is up at an Albany thrift shop.

From mattresses to electronics, people are looking for a good deal. "This is the best place in the world to shop during a recession," said one shopper.

Linda Bruce never knew this place existed until Monday. "They have so much stuff," said Bruce. She immediately found what she was looking for. "Regency romances," said Bruce.

She found her reading passion on the shelves at cheap prices. "Yeah, I see about four or five of them that I want to grab up.  That's a real good deal, 50 cents," said Bruce.

From a few cents to a few dollars, you can find many items at Habitat For Humanity's Restore. "We take pretty much everything. Everything that comes in to the Restore is donated," said Restore Manager Torsha Walker.    

Even paint and other building supplies can be found for well below retail prices and lately the store is seeing more business. "Because of the economy, I think that business has really picked up because I think everyone is looking for a deal," said Walker.

As the year draws to a close, they expect to see more business as people donate more items to get a tax write-off before the New Year hits. "We always do. Right now is one of our busiest times for donations," said Walker.

The Restore welcomes those donations of slightly used items. It's the sale of those things that help them build Habitat Homes. "That's how we survive, totally on donations and the Restore," said Walker.

That's something Walker knows first hand. "Because I'm also a Habitat homeowner so I know exactly what Habitat does for the community," said Walker.

Now that Linda Bruce has found out, she's sure to be back. "You never know what you're going to find," said Bruce.  

The savings will come just in time as Christmas is just around the corner and thrifty shoppers are looking to buy cheap.

Habitat For Humanity's Restore is located at 717 Pine Avenue. They're open Monday through Saturday. They'll also pick up your donated items at no charge and provide you a receipt for tax purposes.

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