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Thrift stores seek a share of Black Friday blitz

NEW YORK (AP) — Secondhand stores are trying to muscle in on the Black Friday blitz this year.

Thrift and consignment shops are betting that people who have bought more used things for themselves since the Great Recession will buy used gifts this year. They’re copying other retailers with gift certificates, elaborate window displays and early-morning specials.

For the first time, some Salvation Army resale shops will be open at 6 a.m., touting 75 percent-off early-bird specials on the traditional kickoff of holiday shopping.

Goodwill Industries Inc. also recently opened its first temporary Christmas shops to increase its presence during the busiest shopping period of the year.

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