Contact opens second store to raise money

HADDONFIELD, New Jersey - Sept. 27, 2010

For years, shoppers like Kathy DeMaria of Shamong, New Jersey, have been finding deals at The Contact Exchange, an upscale consignment shop in Haddonfield.

"I found some really nice sweaters, Land's End, Talbots," DeMaria says. "I have some Talbot's skirts, and some LL Bean things. It really helps our family out because I have two kids in college."

"Pricing is about one-third of retail," explains Contact Community Helplines Executive Director Diane Ball. "So, if something is $300, it'd be $100. But we really don't have a lot of items that are $100, maybe a piece of jewelry."

We found Coach bags for $38, an Adrienne Vittadini jacket for $22, and Jones New York jeans -- with the $69 price tag still on them -- for $18.

We also found a David Meister skirt, with the $325 price tag still on it, for $18.

Proceeds from the store go to Contact -- a volunteer organization that runs a crisis helpline and a service that checks on homebound seniors.

Resale shopping has become so popular that Contact recently opened a second store -- called Frugal Finds -- in Turnersville.

Frugal Finds Manager Karen Keyek says, "We are 100% donations, no consignment. We have for men's women's, children's clothing, toys, books, houseware items, and glassware."

We found women's suits for $8, Men's suits for $10, and children's shoes for one to three dollars.


he store also has stuffed animals, kitchen items, books and more.

To find out more about the shops and about Contact, click here.

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