Depending on what you are looking for, Value Village in Brooklyn Park is another alternative to big savings on gently-used or new items.
Michelle from Glen Burnie is a single homeowner and said she is not too proud to save a buck or two when shopping.
"I got an Abercrombie & Fitch shirt and an American Eagle shirt in practically new condition for $4.25 total. Last summer I got a $65 bathing suit with the tags still on it for $4.00—it was marked $8 but I got it on Labor Day so it was 50 percent off,” Michelle said.
Every Monday Value Village has 25 percent off everything in the store. If you have a VIP card (you can apply for one any day but Thursday), you also get 25 percent off on Thursdays. In addition, all federal holidays have items marked 50 percent off.
Michelle said she also purchased two playpens to use when her and her mother got their puppies. One Graco Pack 'n Play was in the original bag while the other one was gently used. Michelle said they were in excellent condition ahd she paid $20 for both. That is a steal compared to buying them new.
“I find the cutest clothes for my nieces dirt cheap and a friend of mine depends on Value Village since she had gastric bypass surgery. If it wasn’t for that store she would not be able to afford clothes that fit her because she is losing weight so rapidly her size changes about once a month,” Michelle said.
Another local shopper, Agnes of Brooklyn Park said she uses Value Village for a different purpose.
“My husband and I found that Value Village provided an excellent opportunity to purchase decent and affordable clothes when his brother James was in a nursing home. He was not always very neat when eating and rather than buy new shirts and pants we found suitable things there. Since we were paying for them it helped us out quite a bit,” Agnes said.
Value Village is located at 5604 Ritchie Highway and has an enormous selection that is very organized. You can find bargains on household items and furniture, books, bobbleheads, kid’s clothes, record albums, linens and more.
I even saved a few bucks myself when I needed a king-size sheet for a condo where I stay on vacation every year. Since I do not have a king-size bed, I didn’t want to purchase the whole sheet set, so instead I found a fitted sheet without a single stain or rip. After washing in hot water, I now have a nice sheet with a pretty pattern that I only need to use once a year.
Some people may feel out of place being seen shopping in thrift stores, but there could be a reason like any of the above scenarios. Or maybe you need an accessory or outfit for Halloween, are a collector or are just looking for a replacement plate to your favorite dinner set.
Whatever the reason—just keep your judgment at the door and happy bargain hunting.