The PROP Shop of Eden Prairie
Fact: There isn’t an abundance of thrift stores in Eden Prairie. In fact, there’s basically just one, The PROP Shop. I visited the store a couple times last winter, didn’t have much luck and since I’m rarely out that way, I hadn’t made it a priority to return. But when I paged through the Best Of issue of Southwest Metro magazine at work last week, I saw The PROP Shop was included in their Best Of feature as the “best thrift store” (read entire article here). So, I figured I should mosey on over and pay it another visit.
Again, I left empty-handed, which is very rare for me. I attribute my lack of luck to a couple of things.
1. The store is pretty small…about six or so medium-sized rooms and some hallways filled with art. Bigger stores = more finds. Smaller stores = diminished odds you’ll find what you’re looking for. But as diminutive it is in size, it’s always packed full of stuff.
2. The volunteer staff is super selective and picky about what they’ll accept to re-sell. Unlike Savers and Sal Val, stores that’ll pretty much accept practically anything, The PROP shop aims way higher. This means the shop’s overall level of quality is high, but it’s not good news for a vintage-lover like myself. During both visits, I didn’t see anything that qualifies as vintage or retro, except during their fur sale, when they had quite a handful of beautiful old furs. The clothing is mostly modern and suburban-y, and the furniture and home goods are as well. Everything’s clean and in good condition.
3. The prices, to me, are pretty high. Dresses start at $7 and range between that and $17. Skirts run $5-15. Shoes range from $5-15. Large pieces of furniture start at $70, which is about what you’d pay at an estate sale. The shop’s always running sales though. When I visited last weekend, all picture frames were 1/2 off and hardcover books were a steal at $1. Clothes tagged the color of the week (or month?) were 1/2 off.
With all that said, there’s no doubt that this thrift is filling an important niche in their community. Since opening in April 2007, The PROP shop has provided free clothing, furniture and housewares to more than 1,000 families in need and have donated $48,000 to local charities. That’s impressive stuff, especially considering that the number of folks living below the poverty level in EP is on the rise. You can read more about The PROP Shop’s impact on the community here.
Go here to find: Quality used furniture, newer used clothes, shoes and books.
Selection/Variety: ♥ ♥
Quality: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Organization: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Customer service: ♥ ♥
Cleanliness: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Do they take credit cards? Yes!
While you’re there: Drive 15 minutes over to Minnetonka and visit the (much larger) Bethesda Thrift Shop.
Where it is: 15195 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (in an industrial park)
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m.; closed on Monday
Have you ever shopped at The PROP Shop? Did you find anything great?