heads up: hula hoop your way to savings

tumblr_n050toJjhK1qa5yk2o1_500Work your waist tomorrow at Empty the Next and you may earn yourself a half-off discount! Simply show up between noon and 4 p.m. and shimmy-shimmy as many times around as your rhythm will allow. Each time the hoop goes round your waist, you earn you 5% off any item of your choice. Three times = 15% off, five = 25%, eight = 40% and so on up to 50% off. Fun right?

Here are a few things I wouldn’t mind picking up on discount…

Pink and White Singer Cabinet Sewing Machine (model #626), $40

Yellow Homemade Toy Chest (for storing my deck cushions in), $10

Sweet utility/bakers/potting rack (great potential when repainted!), $25

To see all 80+ items Empty the Nest has listed on Craigslist, click here, but also know that their warehouse is big, consistently full and new stuff is put out constantly.

Happy hooping!

xo,

Meghan

Top photo c/o: Moment Momentum.

memorial day weekend sale circuit: may 23-26

tumblr_m4as1nCK2b1rsoo94o1_r1_500Memorial Day weekend is here, which means summer has officially arrived and sales galore will be happening Monday at area thrifts. As the clock winds down to the weekend (not that I’m counting, LOL), I’m here to share the sales that belong on your radar.

Salvation Army Family Stores: Head to any Salvation Army Family Store on Monday and enjoy half-off savings on all clothing, in addition to in-store specials. All locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ARC’s Value Village Thrift Stores: Enjoy 50% discounts across the board Monday during ARC’s store-wide sale. (Exclusions include sale items and merchandise with white and orange tags.) Bonus: Village Rewards Members get to shop the sale starting Sunday. If you’re not already a member, don’t worry, you can join the day of! Stores will be both Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Goodwill: Take a break from the barbecue Monday and pop into any Goodwill location for 50%-off savings on all apparel with blue, green and yellow tags. Stores will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store: With 30% off savings today and 40% discounts tomorrow, there’s plenty of incentive to shop this recently expanded strip-mall gem. (The store will be closed Sunday and Memorial Day.)

Family Pathways Thrift Stores: If you find yourself traveling on the northern portion of I-35 Monday, stop in at any of the Family Pathways Thrift Stores and save 20-60% off everything in-store including clothing, home decor, accessories, furniture, antiques and collectibles. Store hours vary by location—find out which location’s open when, here.

Savers Thrift Stores: Bask in 50% savings on all clothes, shoes, accessories and bed and bath amenities on Monday. (Offer excludes new merchandise, books, jewelry,  items tagged housewares or furniture and is not valid with any other coupon or discount.) Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Unique Thrift Stores: Take 50% off everything (except red-tagged new merchandise) at all Unique locations on Monday. Sale also applies at the Valu Thrift in St. Paul. Stores open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Second Début: Shop and save 25% on all secondhand designer fashions at both locations of this Goodwill offshoot.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer: Today through Sunday, save 30% off your entire purchase at both the Orono and St. Paul locations. (Note that both stores will be closed  Memorial Day.)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Fillips Hideaway.

heads up: woodbury lions community garage sale

img3928Spring has finally (FINALLY!) sprung in Minnesota, meaning garage-sale season is officially underway. (Thank heavens!) At the top of my list of sales to hit this spring is the Woodbury Lions Community Garage Sale, running tomorrow, May 8th through Saturday, May 10th. Now in its 37th year (!!!), this mammoth event includes literally hundreds of sales, and is one of the biggest community rummage sales in the entire state.

Of particular note is a sale happening in the Stonemill Farms neighborhood (exact address: 2487 Fieldstone Curve, Woodbury 55129). Hosted by a friend of a friend, this sale, that starts today at noon, boasts a stellar lineup of merchandise (baby/kids clothes, shoes, activities, games, maternity clothes, furniture, Depression-era glassware, designer purses). More importantly, all proceeds raised at this particular event are going to cover medical expenses of my friend’s friend, who was diagnosed with a congenital CMV infection while pregnant with her second child. I’d never heard of this virus before hearing her story, but it’s actually surprisingly common, and the treatments currently available are shockingly limited. (Please do take a moment to learn more about virus, and how to prevent the spread of it, here at www.stopcmv.org.)

Detailed directories are available for $5 starting tonight through the weekend at the Woodbury Kowalski’s Market, Rainbow Foods, Cub Foods and most all area gas stations. To plan your trek in advance, download the digital directory now to your phone or tablet, available here. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow through Saturday.

Good luck and have fun!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: The Woodbury Bulletin.

heads up: big changes in store at the downtown Salvation Army

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetFor whatever weird reason, the downtown Salvation Army store has always felt like home to me. There was something about the size, the grit or the smell that could, without fail, transport me back to my hometown Salvation Army store, while at the same time making me feel so rooted and at home in Minneapolis. It’s been an institution to me for so many years. One that I never imagined changing…and yet, it’s about to.

Over the weekend, I got word that the top floor of the downtown location will be turned into a buy-the-pound store permanently, with a grand opening set for Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Not surprisingly, I have mixed feelings about this bit of news. One one hand, the prices sound awesome! All clothing and accessories will be $1.49 per pound, housewares will be $1.29 a pound, books will range from 25-49 cents a piece and all electronics will be a flat $3.49. And fans of the Target basement fans don’t need to fret—the lower level will remain the same, i.e. chock-full of cast-off new Target merchandise. But even with the low prices, change-hating ol’ me isn’t exactly sure what to think. Is the quality of the merchandise going to keep taking a total nose-dive? Are they still going to sell furniture? What does this all mean?

I have a note out my PR contact at Salvation Army North regarding some of these questions, including what implications the change in format will have on shopping there over the next month. (I’ll update the post when I hear back.) In the meantime, what do you think? Can you see this being a good or a bad thing? I’m already wistful for the old days and the store hasn’t even changed yet!

xoxo,

Meghan

weekend sale circuit: april 17-19

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Apologies for the quietude around here this past week. I’ve been dealing with a super sick pup and some tight freelance deadlines, both of which have kept me from having any semblance of free time. Thankfully my ol’ Finnnie seems to be on the mend and my clients are sitting pretty with polished pieces in their inboxes, so it’ll be back to business as usual soon, starting with this roundup of secondhand sales (and a swap) happening this weekend! (Don’t forget: Most thrifts will be closed Sunday!)

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Easter Sale: In an effort to clear up some room on their sales floor, today through Saturday, all wooden furniture is 30% off and all entertainment centers and armoires are half-off. All Easter items and swimwear will also be marked down by 75%.

 Hidden Treasures Thrift Store Easter Weekend Blowout: Tomorrow and Saturday only, everything in-store will be 40% off.

Friedman Iverson’s Annual Record Swap: Tomorrow, on the eve of Record Store Day, the Twin Cities’ handsomest law firm will host their (practically famous) annual record swap. From 6-9 p.m., guests are welcome to bring unwanted vinyl to swap (not sell!) with other like-minded music lovers. Furthering sweetening the pot? Drinks, snacks and DJs. Be there!!!

Happy Easter!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Shelley Fabulous.

heads up: one-day dress sale at Savers + Unique Thrift Stores

tumblr_msh9i3GjjE1qaujg4o1_500I don’t know about y’all, but I am beyond stoked that sundress season is back. And though I’m in no way in need of any new (old) dresses, that doesn’t make me any less  tempted by the 40%-off dress sale happening at Savers, Unique and Valu Thrift Stores today. The event, running at all area stores from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., includes dresses for both grown-up and little ladies alike (but excludes frocks with red tags). You must have an I M Unique Club Card or Super Savers Club Card in your possession to partake in the savings. (Do NOT try registering for a card today, they won’t allow it on sale days!)

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Ghost Vintage Clothing.

weekend sale circuit: march 7-9

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They say everything happen for a reason, so yesterday, when my weekend at the cabin got called off, clearly I was meant stay in town. I mean look at all these sales!

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store Book Sale: There’s still time to shop the massive, half-off book sale happening little St. Anthony thrift. It ends Saturday, so hop to!

 March Mania at Salvation Army Family Stores: Saturday only, all metro-area Salvation Army stores will be offering 50% off all clothing in addition to in-store specials.

Resale 101’s $5 Bag Sale: Resale 101’s bag sale stretches into a second week and includes all clothing with buff, red and grey tags.

 Rewind’s Get Pretty Sale: Today through Sunday, everything (EVERYTHING) at both Rewind locations is 25% off. (So stoked for this one.)

Happy shopping!

xoxo,

Meghan