store review: unique thrift store in st. paul

Unique Thrift Store, St. Paul


Purses: Most every Unique, this one included, have heaps and heaps of purses and bags. You can almost always  find an old worn-in Coach satchel or bag there, too, priced, on average, between $15-20.

Vintage clothes: Vintage clothes are separated out from the rest of the clothing and given their own section in both the men’s and women’s areas. I’ve found some really cute pieces at this Unique—skirts, cardigans, shoes, coats. It’ll also be worth your while to peruse the non-vintage clothing, as many times I stumble upon a darling piece from the ’60s that just wasn’t ID’d as vintage.

Jewelry: Like the Unique in North Minneapolis, this one, too has a big selection of jewelry. I always find something I want to take home here—a couple weeks ago I got a turquoise and silver feather ring for $14.

Vintage vinyl: Up front near the check-out is a box of vintage records. I know nothing about record collecting, but there looked to be some nice quality albums in there, starting at $3.


House wares: For such a big store, I hardly ever find housewares or Pyrex to come home with me. They do have a  lot of utilitarian stuff—pots, pans, bags of silverware—if you need kitchen basics for cheap.

Furniture: Slim pickins. Enough said!

Here are a couple of my favorite finds from past trips to this Unique…

Brand new Minnetonka moccasins, size 8.5…

Impeccable white and gray Jordache faux fur coat…

Aforementioned sterling silver and turquoise ring…


Selection/Variety: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Quality: ♥ ♥ ♥

Pricing: ♥ ♥

Organization: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Customer service: ♥ ♥ ♥

Cleanliness: ♥ ♥ ♥

Do they take credit cards? Yep! They do not, however, accept checks.

Will they accept returns or exchanges? No. Trust me, I tried once. Not a fun experience.

Other helpful hints: You NEED one of these.

This handy little card will net you 25 percent off every single Friday. Sweet, right? You’ll also receive coupons ($10 off sometimes!) and alerts regarding sales, via email. Sign up (it’s free!) at the front of the store.

Where it is: 1657 Rice Street, Saint Paul (corner of Rice and Larpenteur)

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: 651.489.5083

I hope you all have had lovely Wednesdays! I’m off to do a walk-through of a potential venue for the December Mighty Swell sale, and then check out the newly remodeled Stastiu’s, now known as Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, with the very lovely Angie.



9 thoughts on “store review: unique thrift store in st. paul

  1. I always find something interesting at this Unique. Your clothing & housewares review is spot on. Furniture is slim pickings but definitely make sure you look! Sometimes there’s really good stuff. Like the set of 4 Heywood Wakefield dining chairs I got for $10 and a walnut midcentury dresser in amazing shape for $15!

  2. watch it. i might just have to knock you down and steal those moccasins right off your feet little lady. seriously, i’m so jealous. i’ve been on a hunt for a pair of those.
    great review of unique!! it’s one of my faves for vintage clothes as well.
    a december might swell sale would be…well, mighty swell.

  3. Nice! I haven’t been to a Unique store since the opening of Valu Thrift in Sun Ray, but I used to go regularly. I have an I M Unique card, but didn’t realize that Friday is their discount day…very good to know!

  4. The discount card also works on Thursdays at Sun Ray Value Thrift, not to mention the Unique Thrift I found in the Bronx, where I originally obtained the card! It’s thrifting serendipity!

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