Free Website Dedicated To Thrift Shopping Debuts At
Site aims to connect thrifters and industry professionals
WINTER PARK, FLORIDA - In light of the current uprising in 'hip to thrift' mentality, TheThriftShopper.Com , a company based in Winter Park, Florida, officially launched their free website for thrift store fanatics on August 1st, 2006.
TheThriftShopper.Com features a free national directory of over 7,000 charity-driven thrift stores searchable by either zip code or city and state. "We built this website to serve as a 'thrift store map' of sorts, fulfilling the needs of people like us who love to thrift everywhere they go," said Michael Gold, a seasoned thrifter who owns and operates TheThriftShopper.Com with his wife Cookie. Yahoo has even included TheThriftShopper.Com in their shopping directory under the antiques and collectibles category.
Gold said he came up with the idea for the website after he and his wife encountered outdated lists of pawnshops and consignment stores when searching for thrift stores online. "We've weeded out all of the junk shops and antique malls for you," explained Gold, who personally made over 15,000 phone calls to thrift stores while developing the website, "and I made sure that each store in our directory supports a bona fide charity." In addition to the name, address, and phone number of each thrift store, listings on TheThriftShopper.Com also include the store's hours and a map link. A five-star rating system in the directory offers thrifters a chance to rate and review the thrift stores they've visited and read the comments left by other thrift shoppers.
www.TheThriftShopper.Com also has a monthly online magazine, The National Thrifter , written by thrift shoppers of all ages and industry professionals. "I want the magazine to have a community feeling to it," explained Cookie, who edits the magazine, "so I use articles written by thrift shoppers and those involved in the industry who visit our site." The content of the magazine includes fashion and craft ideas, how-to articles on thrift shopping, information about charities, and thrift store reviews.
"We've also provided ways for thrifters to connect," said Gold. Thrift shoppers can chat in the forum or participate in Meet-A-Thrifter to find friends or romance. Thrift store industry personnel can meet through a forum designed specifically for them to discuss thrift store pricing, organization, and other industry-related topics. In addition, www.TheThriftShopper.Com offers a photo gallery where thrift shoppers can show off their thrifted treasures. "Our goal was to create a one-stop web destination that would meet the needs of thrift shoppers nationwide," Gold said, "and thrifters needed their own Internet community where they could be represented and acknowledge each other."
TheThriftShopper.Com is free to users, and thrift stores pay no charge to be listed in the directory.
Owner and Operator, TheThriftShopper.Com
Phone: (321)441-4131 (This number is not for publication)