heads up: veteran’s day sales

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Veteran’s Day is this coming Monday and lots of thrifts around town are having sales in honor of the holiday. Here’s a quick run-down of special savings happening at thrift stores in the area.

Savers
Monday only, take 50 percent off all used merchandise. Stores will be open 9 a.m. all the way until 9 p.m.

Unique and Valu Thrift
VIP card-holders will get 50 percent off their entire purchases Monday only. Stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Goodwill
Tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday, all green tagged items will be 50 percent off at all of these metro-area and out-state locations. Stores open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store
Seniors can enjoy 20 percent savings on anything in the store on Mondays; all blue tagged clothing and linens are half-off the whole week through. Hours of operation? 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ARC’s Value Village Stores
All items with a purple tag will be 50 percent off tomorrow through next Saturday and 99 cents on Sunday, November 18th. Stores are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.

Salvation Army Family Stores
Starting Monday and running through Saturday, all blue tagged items will be half-off at all nine Twin Cities locations. Stores are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Stores
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Hope Chest stores are offering 30 percent off dining tables, china cabinets and dining accessories today and tomorrow. Both the Orono and St. Paul location are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

PROP Shop of Eden Prairie
All purple-tagged clothing will be 50 percent off on Monday (and through the rest of the week). Pillows of all varieties are also half-off.

Happy shopping y’all!

xo,

Meghan

ice cream for dinner

I glanced through my nearly empty fridge after work and made the very adult-like decision to have an ice cream sundae for dinner. And, if I’m honest, I needed an excuse to put one of my new rose bowls to use. I scooped up this set of four at the Goodwill in Virginia (Minnesota) for just 25 cents a pop. (I noticed them immediately because they match my favorite glasses!) Four bowls for $1…I’m going to miss those small town thrift-store prices.

I hope your Friday night is off to an equally decadent start!

xo,

Meghan

recently thrifted, forest lake goodwill edition

I paid a visit to the new Forest Lake Goodwill Saturday morning and came home with a tidy haul.

I found a half-dozen dresses, including these two ’70s sundresses. Ugh…between the strawberry print on one and the pastel eyelet trim on the other, they are just too much.

I was also stoked to snag a handful of books, including Real Simple’s Celebrations guide, Bobbi Brown’s award-winning book on teenage beauty, a vintage Betty Crocker cookbook and a fun read from Reader’s Digest that’s full of DIY bath and beauty recipes.

Other finds, not pictured, include a lacy ice-blue nightie, a couple pairs of shoes, a set of vintage napkins, an embroidered runner and some skirts. The surprise bonus was the sweet promotion Goodwill stores ran last weekend—I saved 20% off everything, since I spent $50+! But don’t worry, there’s another sale coming up on March 23rd and 24th.

Have you checked out any of the new Goodwill stores in town yet? In addition to Forest Lake, there are new stores in Champlin and Lakeville too. Fill me in on your finds!

xo,

Meghan

heads up: goodwill’s bridal showcase

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Heads up, all you lucky brides-to-be! Goodwill’s Bridal Showcase is happening this Saturday, and it promises to be a good time. Hunt through 2,000+ dresses, including some vintage and designer gowns, priced at $99 and up. (See some sneak peeks of the gowns, ranging in size from 4-22, here.) Bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses will be available, too, starting at $39. Seamstresses and cleaning pros will be hanging out, offering tips and alteration advice, and suppliers including florists, photographers and photo booth rental companies will be there too, pimping their services. Dressing rooms are communal, so wear underthings you’ll be comfortable being seen in, unless you’re cool with public nakedness, in which case, go you. The sale’s happening this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, over at Goodwill’s main office at 553 Fairview Ave. North in St. Paul. Good luck!

xo,

Meghan

heads up: second debut’s fur sale

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Just as winter’s icy chill starts to set, Goodwill offshoot Second Début is busting out their impressive collection of fur for a special sales event. According to general manager Kathy Cahlander, the 50+ pieces range in era from the ’50s to the ’90s, and every single one has been inspected and vetted by an expert from Rebnick’s Furs. “The quality control is excellent,” Cahlander promises. “Every piece is pretty fabulous.” Highlighted items include vintage shearling jackets, full-length furs, mink wraps, mink-trimmed swing coats, fur headbands and fox-fur cropped jackets. Prices range from $20 all the way on up to $400. Cahlander advises that shoppers get to the store early, as folks “come from all over” to shop this sale. You can find store hours and location info here.

Happy shopping!

xo,

Meghan

cool website: shopgoodwill.com

Have y’all heard of shopgoodwill.com? It’s a nifty site that auctions off collectibles, antiques and vintage goodies from Goodwill thrift stores around the country. But unlike Etsy and eBay, proceeds from the auctions go straight to Goodwill’s education, training and job placement programs. My biggest gripe is the quality of the photos (they blow!), but that doesn’t stop me from browsing on the regular. Whatever you collect—pink Depression glassLoretta Lynn records, vintage belt buckles or film cameras—you’re bound to find something you’ll want at a reasonable price. If I had some extra ching, you better believe I’d be bidding on this lace-y navy blue dress

this vintage jewelry box STUFFED WITH JEWELRY

 this pretty Pyrex casserole

and this lot of vintage postcards. As if I don’t have enough.

The majority of items on shopgoodwill.com are available for in-store pick up (with 24 hours advance notice), so if you get your heart set on, say, a piece of furniture or a heavy typewriter, you can swing by the Goodwill it’s from and pick it up after purchasing it online. If you’re not nearby, expect to pony up for shipping.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

Meghan

heads up: goodwill’s bridal showcase

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Heads up, all you lucky brides-to-be! Goodwill’s Bridal Showcase is happening this weekend, and it promises to be a good time. Hunt through 2,000+ dresses, including some vintage and designer pretties, priced at $99 and up. (See some sneak peeks here.) Seamstresses and cleaning pros will be on hand to give you tips, and suppliers including florists, photographers and photo booth rental companies will be there too, pimping their services. Dressing rooms are communal, so wear underthings you’ll be comfortable being seen in, unless you’re cool with public nakedness, in which case, more power to ya.

You can pay $25 to get first crack tomorrow, Friday, between 6-9 p.m. or wait until Saturday, when the sale’s open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The action’s happening over in St. Paul at 553 Fairview Ave. North.

xo,

Meghan

tomorrow: goodwill’s red tag sale

Heads up thrifters!

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Goodwill’s Red Tag sale is happening tomorrow, Saturday, April 17th. Everything with a red tag, from clothes to housewares, shoes to electronics, will be 50 percent off. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wondering which Goodwill to go to? A list of store locations in the Twin Cities can be found here.

I’ve had good luck finding both vintage and new clothes at the Goodwill in Hopkins. There’s also a big one by the Bethesda Dress for Less Thrift in Maplewood. Do you have a favorite? If so, hit it up on Saturday and let me know what discounted treasures you find! Happy thrifting!

xoxo,

Meghan