power-hour thrifting

So, my first attempt to go to the Bethesda Thrift in downtown Hopkins was a total bust. After successfully navigating my way to a new-to-me suburb (no small feat for this gal!)  I was met with this unfortunate sign.

The date was February 27.

The upside of my fruitless journey is now I can actually tell you where downtown Hopkins is. (Just past Edina, right?) The downside of course was that  my designated destination was shuttered. A quick call to Bethesda thrifts’ HQ confirmed that the new location in Minnetonka would be open on April 6. Eons away, or so it felt way back in late February.

Well, April 6 was yesterday people, and crap, I slept on the doggone opening. Which of course meant I had to power out there today over my lunch break. One scenic drive (Lake Minnetonka is purty!) and two missed turns later, there I was, at the Westwind Plaza, standing in front of a very beflagged (is that a word?), bustling  thrift store.

ooooh! flags!!

First impressions? A lovely geriatric shopper I overheard summed it up nicely: “Boy, this is big!”

Yep, unlike its Maplewood sister store, this place IS big. Like Savers big.  What it does have in common with the Maplewood shop is a a tidy, well-organized layout and quality merchandise at fair prices. It was fairly busy and my fellow thrifters seemed psyched about the store, its size and the goods. Seeing as I was on my lunch hour (my, how 60 minutes can fly!), I breezed through in a jiffy, snapping a few pics of some cute finds around the shop. My apologies for the crappy, blurry quality. As I said, I was in a hurry.

Of course, I had to scoop up a couple of dresses that were way too nice to just leave there, including an adorable robin’s egg blue ditty I hope to wear tomorrow. I’m crossing my fingers I can scam someone in to snapping my pic in it, so you can take a gander. It’s just that cute. In terms of sales, the volunteer I talked to said they won’t be kicking off any sort of deals for a couple weeks.

Anyway, if you find yourself in the western suburbs:

Bethesda Thrift Shop

4749 County Road 101 (Highway 7 and 101), Minnetonka
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 952.939.0988

I’m sure I’ll post a full review of the shop sometime down the road, but I usually need to visit a spot a good handful of times before drawing any review-worthy conclusions. You know, to be fair and all that.

Well, it’s getting late, and my sweetie’s on the way, which means it’s time for me to say nighty night!



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