Thrift Stores can be viewed as conversion mechanisms; that is, they accept merchandise from DONORS and then re-sell the merchandise to BUYERS. These are often separate and distinct groups. The challenge for Thrift Store operators is to separately appeal to each group as a place to donate and a place to shop for merchandise. This study profiles the donors and buyers for Thrift Stores so that store and organizational leadership can better develop marketing strategies to reach these distinct groups.
Montgomery, Robert D. and Mitchell, Mark
"Examining the Demographic Profiles of Thrift Store Donors and Thrift Store Shoppers,"
Atlantic Marketing Journal: Vol. 3:
1, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/amj/vol3/iss1/1