Economic Slump Affects Church Mouse

By Al Pefley   email

Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

The slow economy is having an impact all over. Even on one thrift store in one of the nation's wealthiest towns.

The Church Mouse resale shop in Palm Beach is having its annual end of season sale this week before closing for the summer.

They're calling it their slowest year ever. The amount of donated household goods this past season has taken a nosedive.

Church Mouse supports dozens of charities with some of the proceeds, and since they have fewer donated items to sell, that means the charities will get less money.

"The problem wasn't in the sales. The problem was in the donations. And that was really where we were hurting the most. Especially in the furniture. And I think the economy had a, played a direct effect on that," said Church Mouse manager Jerry Lobianco.

Each day, the markdowns increase so by Saturday, the last day of the sale,  all remaining merchandise will be 90-percent off.