Thrifty business: The recession proved a boon for the industry, but recovery has constricted growth

The Thrift Stores industry is countercyclical, with industry performance negatively correlated with general macroeconomic trends, such as income levels and national employment statistics. During the recession, declining per capita disposable income levels and surging unemployment encouraged consumers to shop at thrift stores rather than other retail stores as a means of cutting their overall spending, which boosted industry revenue. In the coming years, Improving domestic economic conditions are expected to hurt industry revenue. Continued growth in disposable income is expected to encourage consumers to opt to purchase new goods at big-box stores, e-tailers and other retailers, rather than spend their money on used goods sold at thrift stores...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The recession led consumers to shop for less costly goods, benefiting thrift stores
  • Superstores, dollar stores and e-commerce represent large threats to the industry
  • As disposable incomes grow, consumers will become less likely to shop at thrift stores
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Thrift Stores industry has minimal barriers to entry. Industry capital requirements are low, and are limited to a simple cash-register for small thrift stores. Industry operators need to establish and maintain relationships with charitable organizations if they are not already associated with one. Many for-profit industry operators purchase donations from charitable organizations, while not-for-profit organizations, which are usually charities themselves, receive donations and sell them directly to consumers. Not-for-profit organizations also need to take the additional step of filing for 501(c)(3) tax exemption by filing an IRS Form 1023 to become a 501(c)(3) organization. If gross receipts are greater than $10,000.00, an $850.00 fee is also necessary. If ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Thrift Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Thrift Stores Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Accessibility to consumers
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and National unemployment rate in the Thrift Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Thrift Stores Industry?

    This industry is composed of stores that sell (mostly donated) used goods, with the intent of donating a significant portion of their proceeds to charity. This industry is a subcategory of the Used Goods Stores industry (IBISWorld report 45331), but excludes consignment shops, antiques shops, rare books stores, used records stores and other resale shops that do not allocate a significant portion of their revenue to charitable activities.

    Industry Products
  • Clothing, accessories and footwear
  • Furniture, kitchenware and home furnishings
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing used apparel
  • Retailing used books
  • Retailing used furniture
  • Retailing used household appliances
  • Retailing used merchandise
  • Retailing used sporting goods
  • other used goods
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • National unemployment rate
  • Poverty rate
  • External competition
  • Number of broadband connections

  • Current Performance
  • Change in the face of recession
  • New customers for used goods
  • Increased external competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Slower growth
  • Online competition intensifies
  • Table: Thrift Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Thrift Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Orphanages & Group Homes
  • Adoption & Child Welfare Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Civic, Social & Youth Organizations
  • Consumers
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Religious Organizations

  • Products & Services
  • Clothing, accessories and footwear
  • Furniture, kitchenware and home furnishings
  • Other
  • Chart: Thrift Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers earning less than $30,000
  • Consumers earning $30,000 to $75,000
  • Consumers earning over $75,000
  • Businesses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Thrift Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesDepreciation and marketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Thrift Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Thrift Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Goodwill Industries International Inc., Savers Inc., The Salvation Army National Corporation,
  • Table: Goodwill Industries International Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Savers Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: The Salvation Army National Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Thrift Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Thrift Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Poverty rate (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Consignment Shop
  • A store that provides the service of selling used goods for consumers, receiving a portion of the sale's proceeds as compensation.
  • Countercyclical
  • A countercyclical good or service increases in demand as economic conditions deteriorate.
  • E-Tailer
  • An electronic retailer (i.e. one that is based on the internet).
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Also referred to as "not-for-profit," these organizations invest the entirety of their profit towards the advancement of their mission.
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