Errbody on the Block Gettin' Thrifty

You now have more competition for that vintage sofa you've been eying at Goodwill. According to Brandweek, a recent study revealed the recession's causing a rise in popularity of second-hand goods. Sixty-seven percent of the National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops' members polled said their sales increased an average 33 percent in the third quarter of this year. And 81 percent saw an increase in new customers. In contrast, retail sales during that period rose a mere 0.2 percent.