heads up: veteran’s day sales


Here’s a quick round-up of thrift-store sales happening around town this weekend!

Tomorrow only, take 50 percent off all used merchandise.  Stores will be open bright and early at 7 a.m. all the way until 9 p.m.

Unique and Valu Thrift
VIP card-holders will get 50 percent off their entire purchases tomorrow. Stores will be open extra-long, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store
Save 30 percent on anything in the store tomorrow (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

In celebration of their new stores in Blaine and Rogers, shoppers at either of those two locations will save 50 percent on all blue, green and yellow tagged items. (I’ve had readers tell me they’ve found some sweet vintage at the Rogers location, FYI!)

Since I have to be to work at 9 a.m., I think I’ll most likely be hitting up a single Savers and then maybe a Unique over my lunch break.

Happy shopping y’all!



heads up: there’s a new savers in town

Exciting news friends!

There’s a brand new Savers store opening in Woodbury next week! And as someone who’s made some pretty big scores at Savers over the years, this news clearly makes my heart pit pat just a little bit faster. Another thing that’s got me jazzed about this store opening in particular? Savers has asked me to style up a little fashion show at their preview shopping party! (Such an honor, right? Especially considering I don’t and never will consider myself a stylist!) I’ve enlisted the help of my no. 1 business partner in crime and together, we’ll be dressing a dozen or so of their employees and a handful of kids that benefit from the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (this particular Savers nonprofit partner) in some fun, affordable looks for fall. And boy, are we excited.

 I’m also delighted to be able to extend the invitation to the preview event out to all of you, dear hearts! The fun is happening on Tuesday, September 6th, from 6-8 p.m., at the metro area’s newest Savers, located at 8401 Tamarack Road in Woodbury. I would love to see all your beautiful faces there! You have to admit the opportunity to shop a thrift two days before it opens to the public is pretty cool. Plus, if you bring a gently used clothing item, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card they’re giving away that night. (Sidenote: If the sound of winning a Savers gift card sounds good to you, I advise to keep an eye on Mighty Swell’s Facebook page over the next day or two…they might have given me some extra somethin’ somethins’ to pass along to one of our lucky followers. I’m just sayin’!)

I’ll be back tomorrow with a round up of Labor Day weekend sales—there are so many good deals to be had it’s nuts!
I hope you all have wonderful evenings…



thrifting trip: minneapolis to cambridge

{A gawk-worthy sunflower farm blooms outside Isanti.}

Hello dears!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Saturday morning thrifting trips, from Minneapolis to Cambridge. This route rocks because it’s peppered with thrifts you can visit on the way, and once you’re to Cambridge, there are three stores within a couple of blocks. The drive’s do-it-in-your-sleep easy–just cruise up Central Avenue (also known as county road 65) and you’re there! I recommend going on Saturday mornings before traffic builds up (there are a ton of lights on 65). And, some of the thrifts in Cambridge close up shop in the mid-afternoon on the weekends. New to this map, I included a few of my favorite spots to stop for snacks, ranging from the co-op in Cambridge (if I’m hankering for kombucha) to the Main Street bar/grill that makes delicious Bloody Marys and super cheap burgers.

Happy hunting!

If you like this post, might you find my thrifting maps for St. Cloud, Burnsville and up 35W useful too?



recently thrifted, a jolles original

I found this at Savers, hanging unceremoniously in a row, surrounded by way-less-pretty brown pleather Merona wallets. I sometimes wonder how on earth people miss a sweet little thing like this when they’re out thrifting? I mean, it’s just so much prettier than everything else around it. Anyhow, after a quick Google search, I found out that Jolles Originals is an Austrian brand—known for intricate beadwork and beautiful embroidery—that peaked in ’50s and ’60s. I’m smitten with the colors and the beads and the embroidered flowers. Plus it has that distinctive this-is-old-and-special feel in my hands, that only really nice vintage has. Anyway, if you like this pastel pattern, the matching coin purse is available here for $35. Both Etsy and eBay also have Jolles up for grabs, too.

So that’s my favorite find of late. Have you visited a thrift lately? Did you find anything awesome?



recently thrifted

Hey all!

So, I’ve been on a bit of an organizing tear lately. During the process, I’ve found that for clutterbugs like myself, trays aren’t a decorating essential…they’re just an essential. Which is exactly why there’s one in nearly every room of my house, ranging from metal to mirrored, rattan to plastic…all thrifted. Here are a couple recent finds…

I saw this bright floral tray at the Savers in Apple Valley and  had to snatch it up. Aluminum or steel trays are the easiest to find thrifting…coming across matching sets isn’t at all uncommon, either. I think this one on its own cost a cool $2.

I feel like this mirrored tray could be right at home in an eight-year-old girl’s princess themed bedroom…and I’m ok with that.  The gold bows are a tad cheeseball, but I think that makes me love it even more. It cost me $3.

Do you decorate with trays? Aren’t they the handiest things ever?

Have a happy night!




heads up: president’s day weekend sales

Hey sweethearts!


If you’re looking to get your shop on, here’s the scoop on some President’s Day sales happening this weekend.

Friday through Monday

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer: Take 25-75% off items at the Orono store, including jewelry, furniture, artwork, desks and home decor. At the St. Paul store, take 30% off any one item. Both locations are running winter clearance sales, too, with items priced at $3-20.

Family Pathways Thrift Store, Pine City: From Friday through Sunday, save 33% store-wide.

Monday Only

Savers: Take 50% off all used clothing, shoes, accessories and tagged bed and bath items. Sale runs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores: All clothing will be half-off at the downtown Minneapolis location, including all the new Target stuff in the basement. All winter clothing will be half off at the other shops around town. Check this page for store locations and hours.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store: Enjoy 40% off everything in the store. You can also stock up on cold weather gear for a song—$5 a bag for all winter clothing and accessories. Hidden Treasures is open from 10p a.m.-7 p.m.

ARC’s Value Village Thrift Stores: Take 50% off all home goods, including linens, furniture, housewares, games, toys, movies, music, collectibles, craft supplies and books. All locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Unique and Valu Thrift Stores: Everything in the store is half-off! All five area stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Happy shopping!



savers’ coupon calendar

True story: I inadvertently shoplifted from Savers today. Holy embarrassment, right?

Here’s how it happened: I stopped here quick over my lunch break to drop off a few bags of clothing that had been purged from my closet the night before. While I was waiting for the cashier to hook me up with my donation receipt and coupon, I saw this snazzy calendar sitting by the register and whoop, into my purse it goes. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized it said “$2.99” in the corner. Ummmm, oops!

Anyhow, to make some kind of amends for my crime, I thought I’d fill you in on the sweet deals you’ll find. Because believe you me, you aren’t going to bring it home due to it’s gorgeous photos or inspiring design. You want this calendar because it’s chock-full of coupons that’ll save you dough all the way through to 2012.

Here’s a month-by-month rundown…

February: Buy any four items and get the fifth item of equal or lesser value FREE
March: Buy one item at regular price, get a second item of equal or lesser value FREE
April: Save 20% on your purchase when you donate two bags or boxes
May: Save $5 on your purchase of $25+
June: Save $10 on your purchase of $30+
July: Buy any four items, get a fifth item of equal or lesser value FREE
August: Buy any two summer-wear items and get a third one FREE
September: Save 30% on your purchase of used merchandise when you buy $50+ of new Halloween merchandise
October: Save 20% on your purchase when you donate two boxes or bags
November: Save 30% on your purchase of used merchandise when you buy $30+ of new merchandise
December: Save 30% on your purchase of used holiday merchandise
January 2012: Save $3 on your purchase of $10+

I’m most pumped about the coupons for March, May, June and December. What is up with November’s savings offer? Take 30% when I buy $30 or more worth of new merchandise? Who the heck buys new stuff at Savers? Not me!

Anyway, even if that month’s a total dud, if you’re a regular shopper Savers, you should pick one of these babies up pronto. They’re available through the month of January, while supplies last. And now, I shall cross my fingers that this little blog post saves me from any awful karmic retribution. If you see a tweet about me getting a parking ticket or burning my nachos tonight, you’ll know why I’m being punished!



heads up: veterans day sale at savers

Happy Monday, thrifty shoppers!

In honor of Veterans Day, shoppers at metro-area Savers stores will enjoy 50 percent off all clothing, shoes, accessories and items marked bed & bath this Thursday, November 11. Find the Savers closet to you by clicking here. You can also check out my review of the Lake Street Savers store here. I’m thinking of heading up to the one on Central Ave. It’s huuuuge.

Happy saving!



store review: savers on lake street

Savers Thrift Store, Lake Street, Minneapolis

I have a love-hate relationship with Savers thrift stores. I love that they have high standards for quality, and that the stores are clean and open on Sundays. But it drives me up the wall that their prices are ridiculously high. This Savers, the only one in Minneapolis proper, has been a go-to thrifting spot for me for years, so I figured I’d tell you all a little about it, and some tricks for saving even more money there.


Vintage clothes: Unlike some of the other Savers, this one has a whole section devoted to vintage in the middle of the store, with men’s and women’s wear mixed in together. I’ve found some really bitchin’ dresses from the ’70s-’90, 1960s wool skirts and men’s button-downs. Prices are fair, with dresses running anywhere in between $4-12, skirt for $6-8 and blouses for $5 here.

Books: Taking up a good portion of the store is an assortment of well-sorted and in-good-condition books. I’ve spotted some really nice art/coffee table-type tomes, too.

House wares: This Savers is in many ways my Target alternative, when it comes to household necessities. It’s easy to pop in here to see if they have a casserole dish in the size I need, or a baking pan—usually there’s something here that will work. I’ve also found really nice decorative plates here, and little vases to add to my collection.


New clothes: A lot of the store’s clothing is newer, cheap clothes (Target brands, Old Navy), marked stupidly high, especially considering they’re used.

Picked over-ness: Since this Savers is close to a light rail stop and right in the middle of town, it can be crazily picked over, especially if you stop in later in the afternoon or evening or during sale days.

Where does the money raised here go? Into some rich folks’ pockets! Savers is a for-profit thrift store, and it is privately owned and operated. They do work with local nonprofits, however, which can lead to some confusion, with shoppers thinking what they spend at Savers is going solely to support philanthropic efforts. It works like this: The selected nonprofits will solicit donations from folks like you and me, and then turn over those donations to Savers, who in turn, pays them per bag or box of merchandise. Donations are then sorted by Savers staff. What’s not deemed acceptable for sale in their stores is then resold (and sometimes donated) to retailers in developing countries. So, Savers not only makes money from what they sell in their retail stores, but also by selling unwanted merchandise they got for free to other retailers.

According to their website, since 1954, Savers has paid more than $1 billion to fund nonprofits’ programs and services. And that is nothing to sniff at. You can learn more about the company here.

Here are some of my favorite finds from this shop:

I love this dress! The super faded floral print is sweet, and it has pockets, a flattering cut and lady-like length. It has this soft sheen, too, which I love. I believe it was $3.99 and it came with a matching belt.

This plate makes me so happy. Now, where to hang it?

I can’t take these leather kitten-heeled, wooden-soled beauties off! Check out the bows! They cost $4 (originally priced $8, but bought on a half-off day).

Go here to find: Vintage clothes, good quality housewares, nice used books

Selection/Variety: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Quality: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Pricing: ♥ ♥

Organization: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Customer service: ♥ ♥

Cleanliness: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Do they take credit cards? Yep!

Will they accept returns or exchanges? Yes, you can exchange items within seven days of purchase but only with a receipt and the tags still attached.

Other helpful hints: Click here to sign up for Savers’ e-newsletter. You’ll get advance notice of special sales and coupons. Sweet right? If you’re a  college student, or still have your ID, flash it on Wednesdays and take 50 percent off your entire purchase. Also keep an eye out for a calendar (usually found by the register) that lists the sales happening that month and any other special promo days (senior citizen discount days, for example).

While you’re there: On Tuesdays, from 3-7 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.,  hop across the street to the Midtown Farmers’ Market. If I’m famished after thrifting on a Tuesday after work, I stop and pick some yummy takeout from one of the food vendors or some veggies. Or, if you’re like my boyfriend, you can drop $5 and get a piping hot pizza at Little Caesars, which is in the same strip mall at Savers. Aldi, Wells Fargo, Family Dollar,  a barber shop and a liquor store all have a spot there, too.

Where it is: 2124 East Lake St, Minneapolis

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact: 612.729.9271, www.savers.org

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m so stoked for another long weekend. Two in a row! How lucky can one girl be??