The popularity of the local thrift stores seems to be growing, as many people are on a tighter budget, due to hard economic times. There are a variety of local thrift stores, some are independently owned, while others are owned and operated by charities. The merchandise you can purchase is donated by people, large estate leftovers, garage sale items, and stores that went out of business. What is nice about local thrift stores is that, the findings are not limited to just household items. For people who are just starting out, a local thrift store is a great place to find the items they need to furnish their first apartment or home. The local thrift store will not sell any furniture or merchandise that is not acceptable for resale. Everything is tested, and checked for rips, and odd smells. Once everything is verified as acceptable for resale, the employees will bring it out to the floor. Entire bedroom sets can be found in all sizes, and finishes at a considerably lower cost than the large retailers. Local thrift stores are a great place to find appliances. Refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, all tested to be in working condition, sells for well under a $100 dollars. Toys and games are also to be found at your local Thrift store. There are many new games, as well as older games from your youth, that want to play with again.