I thought I died and went to thrift heaven. I was almost to overwhelmed to start shopping. Almost.
First of all, this place is huge. Second, they have an extensive selection of pretty much everything. Third, and most important, everything is really really really well organized and displayed with sizes and prices clearly marked.
I went in looking for a rain jacket for Grace and shoes for Connor. I only liked one of the girls’ rain jackets and it was $15. Not bad for a really nice looking Gap one but more than I was willing to pay. And I didn’t find any boys shoes in Connor’s size. I’m betting boys that age wear them out before they grow out of them. So I will look at my other favorite thrift store for those items.
They did have aisles upon aisles of toys. Lots of books. Lots of housewares. Lots of everything.
Instead of the items I’d hoped to get, I found $53 worth of other things. Yes, $53. I should have gone on Monday, which is always 25% off day. But I’m not in that neighborhood on Mondays. If I had been there before and gotten a VIP card, I could have gotten some things on sale today too. But alas, this was my first visit.
What I got:
- A round brush hair dryer, which I’d been planning to buy for my new ‘do. $3.99
- Pictionary Jr. 2.92
- Clue Jr. 1.91
- A nice Barbie 1.91
- A Land’s End backpack for Grace to use next year (or this year if hers falls apart anymore than it already is) 5.99
- 2 pairs of socks for Ellie .99
- 3 bras for me (sorry if that grosses you out but I have no problem with used bras). 14.47
- Sunglasses for Connor (the Easter bunny brought baby ones. oops) 1.61
- A candy dish with lid that matches my glass pattern. 3.93
- This jacket. The picture has me rethinking it though. I need to get one taken by someone taller than 4 feet. $14.99
I debated getting an espresso machine because I do not like mine. They had two for $7 each. I couldn’t decide though so if one is there next time, maybe I’ll get it then.
FYI: Valu Thrift is a for-profit business, not a charity, if that is important to you in your thrift choices.
- Neighbors Clothes Closet, South St. Paul. It is small but they are moving to a new location this summer. It is mostly clothes but once a month they have a “garage sale” in a different area of the building for housewares. Their prices are VERY low but things aren’t super easy to find and it’s cramped. It supports Neighbors, which is a fabulous nonprofit best known for its food shelf, though it does other things as well. Most of my purses and shoes came from here.
- The Eagan Goodwill is my favorite Goodwill location. There’s nothing particularly special about it but we’ve found nice things there.
- The Cheap Chick likes the CHAP Store in Burnsville.
- Jamie at Mommy’s Camera likes the Unique store in Burnsville.
What thrift stores do you like and why?