Weather Negatively Impacting Austin Salvation Army

Posted at: 02/07/2013 7:12 PM
By: Dan Conradt


(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It’s a simple rule of economics – supply and demand.

But one local organization says the gap between the two is getting wider, and they’re asking for your help to change that.

"Business is good as far as people shopping," said Lt. David Amick at the Austin Salvation Army Thrift store.

“But we're not seeing quite the donations like we used to, like maybe in the spring or the fall," added thrift store manager William Clennon.

And you can blame the weather.

“What happens is people don't have as many garage sales or they don't have as many flea markets, and that's usually where the primary part of our donations come from," Lt. David Amick explained.

It's causing some shortages -- and prompting a call for donations.

"Household items, electronics, furniture items," William Clennon told us.

“Shoes, is a little short," the Army’s Lt. David Amick added.

The problem is that demand stays high, even when the garage sales and flea markets stop

“There's a lot of people who need it, especially people with kids and older people," said thrift store shopper Joyce Tanner.  “It’s a lot cheaper here and stuff is in good condition because they won't take anything that's bad."

Joyce Tanner stretches her limited household budget by shopping at the thrift store.  "Dresses, jeans, shirts, socks, shoes, just about everything."

“You can purchase things here at a fraction of the cost it would be at a store new," added thrift store manager William Clennon.

And the thrift store needs to make sales because revenue generated at the store goes back into the Salvation Army's other programs.

"Such as food shelf, such as rent and utility assistance, anything that we have we put toward those programs," said Lt. David Amick.