With the students going back to school and the change of seasons fastly approaching, we thought we’d place a spotlight on thrift shops going into the long holiday weekend.
Thrift store shopping is all the rage these days. Whether it’s due to the economic turndown, the recycling movement, or other factors, more Americans are turning to thrift stores to search for hidden treasures and bargain prices.
If you’ve been putting off your back-to-school shopping, or want to tighten up your fall wardrobe or seasonal décor, you can find many great deals at thrift shops Labor Day and throughout the week. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the many thrift shops to visit and enjoy the rush of digging for those deep discounts! Use the comment section to sound off on your favorite thrift stores, share your shopping tips, and talk all things bargain hunting!
1650 White Bear Ave N, Saint Paul | 651-788-8300
Hours| Mon-Fri: 9 am- 9 pm; Sat – Sun: 9 am – 7 pm
Labor Day Hours | 9 am – 7 pm
Arc’s Value Village is having a storewide Labor Day Sale, September 1, offering 50% off on everything except orange and white tagged items. Reward members can get an early taste of the sale Sunday, August 31. If you’re not already a member, you can join the day of.
Arc prides itself in offering a wide selection of well-organized merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, housewares, home décor, toys, antiques, collectibles and more. As a non-profit organization, the store donates to assist adults and children with disabilities in the community, and if you donate between September 1 and October 15 you can earn a 30% off coupon to shop. In addition to the St. Paul store, Arc also has stores in Richfield, Brooklyn Center, and New Hope, with a new store in the works on France and Old Shakopee in Bloomington later this year.
(Photo by Cory Ryan, courtesy of Arc’s Value Village)
2124 E Lake St., Minneapolis | 612- 729-9271
Hours | Mon – Sat: 9 am – 9 pm; Sun: 10 am – 7 pm
Savers is ringing in the Labor Day holiday with a 50% off sale on clothing, towels, socks and other select items. The store promises new finds at every visit, as merchandise is frequently updated. Savers is a privately owned chain that has been in business for 54 years. Although the store is for-profit, each store partners with a local non-profit. The Minneapolis Savers partners with Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. Go here for more locations and other info.
(Photo by Paige Elliott)
2004 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis | 612-871-8305
Hours | Mon – Fri: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (Tues until 6:30 pm); Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Steeple People Surplus Store will be closed on Labor Day, but there’s a BOGO (buy one get one) sale this week on school items and 50% off sale on pink tags, consisting of clothing, purses and linen.
The shop carries a mix of interesting finds, from clothing for adults and kids, to dinnerware, seasonal decorations, furniture, jewelry, art and even CDs and DVDs.
Steeple People is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 as an extension of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church’s outreach ministry. The store gives to local charities and makes in-kind donations to people in need. Go here for donation and volunteer opportunities.
(Photo by Paige Elliott)
1657 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117 | 651-489-5083
Hours | Mon – Sat 9 am – 7:30 pm; Sun 11 am – 5 pm
Unique Thrift Stores (which also includes Valu Thrift Store at 2145 Hudson Road in St. Paul), is offering a 50% off Labor Day sale, September 1, with a preview for VIP members Sunday, August 31. Unique Thrift stores feature a diverse selection of merchandise carefully selected by team associates, selling evertyhing from vintage clothing and accessories, to home décor, electronics, books and other items. Unique is part of the Savers chain of thrift stores and donates to the non-profit organization, Vietnam War Veterans of America.
(Photo courtesy of Unique Thrift Store)
- Sadly, longstanding retro thrift store Tatters Vintage Clothing, a fixture on Lyndale and Lake for more than 30 years, is going out of business and offering 25% off all merchandise this week. Check the Facebook page for updates or call 612-823-5285.
- Newly opened Sisterhood Boutique, located in the African Development Center in Cedar-Riverside area, is offering a 50% off back-to-school sale on all store merchandise. The store sells a colorful selection of scarves, skirts, blouses, shoes and other accessories. The sale runs through Labor Day. Call 612-281-0910 for more details.