New Era

RETAIL TRADE

Never in all the long history of charity-operated thrift shops had it been like this.

Once the dingy little side-street stores held only a yawning clerk and a clutter of rummage-sale merchandise. Now: In Chicago a stripteaser is a regular customer of one of the infant Welfare Shops. Weary of material-scrimping war models, she is in the market for glittering sequin evening gowns "that I can slip out of easily." Practically any old phonograph record will sell, and dresses with full-length zippers are snatched out of the hands of delivery men. The...

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