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Selling clothing by the pound in Minneapolis

Added on Friday, May 30, 2014

On Saturday June 7, the Salvation Army store at 900 North 4th Street in Minneapolis will introduce a new sales concept in thrift – buying items by the pound. Clothing, shoes, houseware and electronics will be set out for customers to bag up in categories with prices by the pound.

For instance, shoes, clothing and purses will cost $1.49 per pound. Final cost determined as customer items are weighed at check out. The project is named “Amazing Deals Buy-the-Pound” and promises to include top name-brands and new products added to display tables five times a day.

“How often do you walk into a store that gets its entire stock replenished every two hours?” said Michel Wong, Twin Cities Salvation Army stores director of product development.

Although this concept isn’t a new idea, it is the first of its kind for The Salvation Army in Minnesota.

“Our goal is not only to give our customers great prices but also a fun shopping experience,” Wong said.

As an example of the amazing deals, Wong explained that staff pulled together a shopping cart filled with tagged clothing – individually priced the cost would have been $372.99 – but that same cart, by the pound, would sell for $92.38 – a $280.61 savings.

There are 9 Twin Cities Salvation Army stores but only one is a Buy-the-Pound endeavor according to Wong. However, if things go well they may expand the concept. Store hours on Saturday June 7 are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with regular hours of Monday through Saturdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.