thrifting trip: elk river

vscocam247I thought I’d start the week off by sharing a little about one of my favorite weekend thrifting destinations: the wonderful town of Elk River. Just 40 or so odd minutes outside of the Twin Cities, Elk River’s proximity makes it accessible enough to hit in an afternoon, and once you get there, you’ll find a bunch of thrifts clustered all together. Which to me, makes the drive totally worthwhile.

On 169, you’ll find a big ole’ Sal Val that’s in an old grocery store, a Goodwill and a decent-sized charity thrift called Samaritan’s Way. If you head into town, you’ll find Antiques Downtown, a two-story antique mall that’s packed with cool stuff. My favorite dealer there, hands down, is on the second floor, right at the top of the stairs. You’ll know it when you see it because it’s all vintage jewelry. It’s pretty cheap too!

Anyhow, I could go on and on about the many trips I’ve taken there through the years, but I’ll leave it up to you to discover for yourself. To make your thrifting journey easy as pie, below you’ll find a map to all my favorite spots. Tip: Click “View Larger Map” to see them all! And click the pinpoints to see pics and details like hours, phone numbers, etc.

If shopping leaves you famished, stop at Minne’s Diner in Rogers for some good eats. And then go to the Goodwill across 94! There’s also a Sonic and a Culver’s off 169 in Elk River, if fast food floats your boat.

Happy hunting!



P. S. Check out some other thrifting maps I made of Family Pathways stores up Highways 35, thrifts in St. Cloud and stores on the way from Minneapolis to Cambridge.

saturday’s thrifting haul

On Saturday my pal Mary & I trekked up Highway 169 to Elk River (about 40 minutes from Minneapolis) to do a little thrifting. I should’ve known that the floating balloon bouquet was a harbinger of good things to come.

At the balloons, we took a right and then a left and wound up here

and had some crazy luck. To start, the shop is huuuuge. My boyfriend expert source told me that the building used to house a grocery store (Ron’s Foods to be specific). And it is not picked over. Like at all. Lastly, the prices are more reasonable than the Salvation Armies in the cities.

After an hour, my cart was very happy.

I hauled home:

– a bevvy of beautiful dresses to sell

– a couple tea tins for the future Mrs. Smith’s wedding reception

– two pairs of vintage shades

– a puzzle of Sweden  (in Swedish, no less)

– a sweet ’90s button down which I’ve unfortunately already spilled both baked beans & Thai food on (go Meghan!)

-a cozy vintage wool vest from Sears

-a new Merona tweed skirt with gold thread (GOLD!)

-a button-front skirt I intend to wear as a strapless dress

– an embroidered Guatemalan jacket my mom will love love love

-brand-new rose quartz & gold earrings

What will you find?

Salvation Army Family Thrift Store

321 Baldwin Avenue Northwest

Elk River, MN


Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s worth every minute of highway time. Or at least it was for Mary & me.