June 22, 2018
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A crowded market: Lincoln’s fourth thrift store opens on West Broadway

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — There isn’t much that looks twisted about Tracy Trecartin, but when she and her sister Terri Pine heard a friend suggest Twisted Sisters as the name of their new thrift store, both jumped at it, Trecartin said Thursday.

“There were a lot of names out there,” Trecartin said. “Terri and I are twins, not identical, and we are kind of twisted at times. Our relationship is kind of twisted. One day we will like each other and the next day we won’t, so that was just perfect.”

The sisters opened Twisted Sisters resale and consignment store on April 17. It is one of five thrift stores or pawn shops that have opened in Lincoln over the last two years. Located at 60C West Broadway, Twisted Sisters joins four such stores on West Broadway: Lincoln Trading & Pawn, Lincoln Region Food Cupboard Thrift Shop, New Vision Thrift Store and another thrift store operation at the Benjamin Tibbetts Inc. hardware store.

The sudden onset of thrift stores in Lincoln doesn’t bother Trecartin.

“We recommend that people go to their thrift stores when we don’t have something, so I think the other stores will do the same for us,” Trecartin said. “People make their rounds at all of them. They are looking for a different item each time they come in and for something cheap that they wouldn’t be able to get normally at that price.”

“It just goes to show how things are in today’s economy,” Terri Pine said. “A lot of people can’t afford to pay full prices at clothing stores today. You rarely find anything on sale at our store that is over $5 that is not on consignment. Our adult clothes are from $2 to $4, and our children’s clothes go for 50 cents to $2.”

Besides Label Shopper and Walmart, which are also on West Broadway, Lincoln’s only other wholesale or retail clothing store is Marden’s, on Main Street.

Twisted Sisters accepts donated prom dresses and purses on consignment. The rest of the donated items can fetch up to $40 in store credit, Pine said.

The store will hold its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Pine said.

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