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Thrift stores have plenty of nice, slightly used gifts




With the economy in a tailspin, tight budgets and an uncertain future, more shoppers are turning to gently-used shops and thrift stores for their holiday gifts. A recent visit of five stores in Tucson revealed a surprising array of pretties.

Salvation Army thrift store,

6715 E. Tanque Verde Road

1. This Singer sewing machine housed in a walnut cabinet is in excellent condition. It has been reduced in price and is available for $125.

2. You don’t have to visit the seashore to enjoy the beauty of the ocean. This seashell is $16 and an interesting addition to any d├ęcor.

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, 5426 E. Pima St.

3. Holiday entertaining will be much easier with this nifty ice bucket. It is $5.

4. Not sure what to do New Year’s Eve? The solution might be to have friends gathered around a board game. Several dozen were spotted in the $5-$10 range.

5. Know someone who loves clowns? This framed painting is $15.

Goodwill, 4995 E. Speedway Blvd.

6. Traveling during the holidays? No problem. Several dozen pieces of luggage are ready to roll in the $10-$15 range.

7. Want to play golf in 2009? You might begin by gathering clubs for about $10 each.

Beacon’s Value Village,

300 N. Fourth Ave.

8. Bicycle helmets can be expensive, but not at Value Village, where several dozen were found in the $5-$10 range.

9. These holiday mugs, many priced for less than a dollar, make perfect holiday gifts when filled with candy and other treats.

Threads and More,

2239 E. Broadway

10. What would the holidays be without music? Hundreds of CDs are available for $3.75 each. During December, if you buy two, you get the third one free.

11. Like movies? Several hundred DVDs at $4 each might just put an extra sparkle in your holidays.

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