thrift stores en How thrifting became a $13 billion industry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do you shop resale? Do you have a favorite thrift shop?</span></p><p>The business of selling second-hand goods has become a $13 billion industry in this country annually.</p><p>It's grown about 7% over each of the past two years.</p><p>Now you'll find resale, thrift and consignment shops in most Michigan cities and towns.</p><p>What's behind the growth? And what does this "resale" economy offer us?</p><p>We're joined by Brenda Parker. She is a professor of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She recently coauthored a piece on the restructuring of retail economies in this era of e-commerce.</p><p>And we welcome Chantal McDaniel. She is based in Grand Rapids, and she writes a thrift fashion blog called "Thrift Trick: Miles of Fashion on a Shoestring."</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:42:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 17255 at How thrifting became a $13 billion industry Senator Caswell makes changes to controversial thrift store policy <p>A story by <a href="">Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Rina Miller</a> about foster care expenditures went viral over the weekend, thanks to a post on <a href="!5795155/mich-lawmakers-plan-requires-fosters-kids-to-shop-at-thrift-stores">Gawker</a>. Gawker, it seems, caught wind of the story after the <a href="">Michigan Messenger</a> posted it.</p><p>The story deals with money that the state allocates to families to buy clothes for foster children. &nbsp;</p><p>State Senator Bruce Caswell wanted to require foster families to purchase clothes at thrift stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill.</p><p>From the <a href="">original article</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Foster children in Michigan would use their state-funded clothing allowance only in thrift stores under a plan suggested by State Senator Bruce Caswell.</p><p>Caswell says he wants to make sure that state money set aside to buy clothes for foster children and kids of the working poor&nbsp; is actually used for that purpose.</p><p>He says they should get &quot;gift cards&quot; to be used only at Salvation Army, Goodwill or other thrift stores.</p><p>&quot;I never had anything new,&quot; Caswell says. &quot;I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was -- and quite frankly it&#39;s true -- once you&#39;re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The story originally aired on Friday, April 15. Since that time, we have received more than 270 comments - most people expressing their outrage over Caswell&#39;s proposal.</p><p>We received this comment from Sonja S. who says she was in foster care from ages 11-17:</p><blockquote><p>Unfortunately, by demanding the money be spent in thrift stores, Mr. Caswell is doing emotional harm to the children. It doesn&#39;t matter what his motives are, the fact is that they&#39;re ill thought-out.</p></blockquote><p>Senator Caswell said he received a lot calls after the story aired from people asking him to change his proposal. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:35:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Mark Brush 2208 at Senator Caswell makes changes to controversial thrift store policy