Bibles for Missions Thrift Center
Getting tipped-off to new thrift stores excites me in a characteristically nerdy way, especially when the tip comes from comes from someone as thrift-savvy as my momma. So, several months ago, when she called to tell me that Esther Johnson, my cinnamon-scented pseudo-grandma, had donated all of her household goods to Bibles for Missions, I knew it was a place worth investigating. If it passed Esther’s muster, I was all in.
After several visits, I can say that Bibles for Missions does officially rock in some areas, and is kind of meh in others.
♥ Furniture: While many thrift-store furniture sections make me say “yuck,” Bibles for Missions consistently has a quality assortment of couches, love seats, dressers, desks, chairs—you name it—with most all of it in superior shape. One of my biggest regrets was not snapping up this luscious, ultra-comfy, watercolor-floral printed ’60s-era sofa. I believe it was priced at $30. I also believe that I am kicking myself still.
♥ House wares: Taking up a good half of the store is an assortment of well-sorted and reasonably priced housewares.
♥ Frames: There’s an entire room devoted to framed art and empty frames. The art, for the most part, sucks, but the majority of frames are in great shape.
♥ Clothes: Small selection of mostly frumpy junk. Prices are reasonable though.
♥ Shoes: Again, the selection is too small and it’s usually crap.
Where does the money raised here go? To buy Bibles, of course! Specifically, Bibles for Bulgaria. One of 14 centers scattered throughout the country, Bibles for Missions is partnered with the Bible League International, an organization that “strategically places Scripture through small group Bible studies” rather than random, wasteful Bible dumps. As of 2006, the organization has provided more than 712 million Bibles in 60+ countries.
Here are some of my favorite finds from this shop:
- The filtered water at my office is all the way upstairs. Which makes this handy carafe my desk-top lifesaver. Don’t you just love yellow and blue together??? I think this was $2. Maybe $3?
- A massive amount of vintage doilies, to be used in a purty DIY to be posted later this week. Prices on these ranged from 39 cents to $1.29.
- A perfectly aged, framed Eiffel Tower snapshot for 79 cents? Yes please!
Go here to find: Furniture, picture/photo frames, housewares, linens, books
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Do they take credit cards? Yep!
While you’re there: Hop on over to Unique Thrift Store. Go east on 36th Avenue for a few minutes and then turn left at Winnetka Avenue. (The exact address is 4471 Winnetka Avenue North.) Head south on Winnetka to get to ARC Value Village (2751 Winnetka Avenue). Thrifting trifecta!! Win!!!
Where it is: 4713 North 36th Avenue, Crystal
Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed. and Friday : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 763.522.1786, www.biblesformissions.org
I’m off to get cleaned up before date night with my honey. We’re going to make Jucy Lucys at home, with real Velveeta and everything. I’m so excited!!