Thrift stores drowning in Christmas impulse gifts from yesteryear

Raymond Chen

Last year, the Washington Post covered the fates of The Thing, that Christmas impulse gift that stores place in enticing locations in the store to convince you that you simply gotta have it. The twirling apple peeler, the liquor carousel, the portable chocolate fountain (for your fancy party, no doubt).

After a few years, some of them show up by the garbage-bagful at the Opportunity Shop thrift store. “We get three or four fondue sets a month… Sometimes we get stuff and I don’t even know what the stuff is.”


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