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Thrift stores see boom over Labor Day weekend

Tim Briggs, who works for Basics Carpet & Furniture in Allston, loaded a box spring for delivery.
Tim Briggs, who works for Basics Carpet & Furniture in Allston, loaded a box spring for delivery.Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

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When it comes to furniture, Boston University senior Shaman Kothari knows what he is looking for: it has to be cheap and — if possible — kind of cool.

“I like good deals,” he said after snagging a gently used combination dresser and desk on wheels for $20 at Cheap Chic in Allston Monday.“You don’t really find things like this in department stores or Ikea.”

Like thousands of other college students flooding the Boston area for fall semester, Kothari spent time this week scouring used-furniture stores and thrift shops to furnish his apartment. Shop owners say it is a crucial selling period for them, and they spend months gearing up for the influx of bargain hunters.

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