Pittsburgh Thrift Stores Pool Resources

Sounds like a great idea:

"Five local thrift shop operations are joining forces to lower costs and improve services.

'From our research, this is the first coalition [of thrift stores] in the country to talk about these issues and concerns,' said Fred Just, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, who brought the agencies together.

As the new Alliance of Nonprofit Stores, the combined 40 stores run by St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, Salvation Army, Bethlehem Haven and National Council of Jewish Women will share information and resources.

They also will look at making group purchases of items such as clothing racks and truck fuel, and working together on joint advertising campaigns, Just said."

From this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.