Great advice from my money-smart friend Marilyn on Unique Thrift Stores:
Bargains galore await the thrifty shopper at Unique Thrift Stores, located in New Hope, Burnsville, St. Paul and Columbia Heights. The huge inventory of new and gently used items will attract those who are willing to comb the many racks and shelves for the best buys. Every Tuesday is a 25% off day and selected holidays are 50% off days…watch the newspaper for sale notices, but be prepared for the crowds and long checkout lines.
Best buys: Baby clothing and equipment, women’s shoes and purses, books, jeans for the whole family, gag gifts/white elephants
Limited selections: Housewares, furniture, toys
Warnings: ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO RETURNS ALLOWED, unpriced items cannot be purchased at the checkout, watch out for double charges, forget about trying to use the make-shift dressing rooms, customer service is limited (this is not Nordstrom’s, after all!)
Recently overheard: A dad telling his son he was looking for something to wear to an Ugly Sweater party. Boy, was he shopping in the right place for a big selection of ugly, as well as pretty darn nice sweaters!
Read my first impressions of Unique Thrift Stores here!