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Eyebrows are raising across the state of New Jersey of the recent opening of three Unique Thrift Stores that operates on a for-profit thrift store charity-ish business model. According to the Star-Ledger: "The chain essentially funds and operates donation drives by its client charities and pays the charities a bulk rate for the donated goods. The charities, in many cases, realize only about 25 percent of the value of the donations as funds for their programming, compared to, for example, the stated 84 percent that Goodwill Industries allocates in funding for charitable programming." [Star-Ledger]