Looking for that unique piece of art for above the fire place? Or need a funky Hawaii shirt for the next neighborhood luau? How about a set of plates for your son going off to college (or for yourself)? The odds and ends are endless at a variety of thrift stores in the Twin Cities. From warehouse to small house, check out some of the best places for thrifty shoppers.
In no particular order…
Salvation Army Minneapolis
900 North 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
There are Salvation Army thrift stores and donation centers across the country but the one in Minneapolis is large and has a unique connection to a local retailer. In the basement of the Minneapolis location, you’ll find new clothing items from Target that are donated often by the retailer. Extra items that you once saw on the racks in your local Target are now lined on the hangers. You’ll still need to dig to find your favorites, but here you’ll find many new items.
Arc Value Village
Richfield, New Hope, Brooklyn Center and St. Paul
At the four locations of Arc’s Value Village, you’ll find more than just gently used and new clothing. Check out their household items from small appliances to linens to home décor. They recommend you stop by often for the best selection and fantastic treasures. And whenever you shop, you’re helping children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Hidden Treasures Thrift Store
2915 Pentagon Drive
St. Anthony, Minn. 55418
Donate or find items at Hidden Treasures that helps fund overseas missions projects through the local ministry of Masterworks. The store aims to sell quality second-hand goods at reasonable prices to the general public, while also providing jobs for people who have significant barriers to getting a job, like previous substance abuse or criminal convictions.
Valu Thrift Store
2089-2215 Old Hudson Rd
St. Paul, Minn.
Valu Thrift Stores is located in the old JC Penney’s store at Sun Ray Mall. Here you’ll find a huge selection of clothing and home goods at reasonable prices and on Mondays they have 25 percent off everything. Be prepared to dig and search for the best finds.
Stone Soup Thrift Shop
950 3rd Street
St. Paul Park, Minn. 55071
This St. Paul Park thrift store has items from A to Z — antiques to furniture, games to jewelry. The shelves are constantly restocked with goods donated by people in the community. Prices are kept low to allow families to stretch their budgets — for example, fill a bag with clothes for $7 … or even $3 on special days.
4748 Washington Square
White Bear Lake, Minn. 55110
If you’re looking for unique finds for your home, check out ReUse ReStyle for of new, almost new and one of a kind items. They have consignments, samples, model home designers and vintage/antique items.
Unique Thrift Stores
Burnsville, Columbia Heights, New Hope, St. Paul/Hudson Road and St. Paul/Rice Street
It’s a treasure hunt at the several Twin Cities locations where you can find wide range of affordable, quality merchandise. Unique Thrift Store purchases donated goods from nonprofit organizations resells them. They say they have something for everyone from household goods and electronics to “unique finds” like wedding dresses and sports memorabilia. And of course clothes, a great place to shop for any college student in need of some new duds.