(can i say dusu? or do i still have to say duluth-superior?)
so, my camera and my computer are not speaking to each other, which means i can't post photos of the awesome new fingerless gloves i made. i can, however, post a list of the most awesome area thrift stores.
goodwill: on garfield in duluth, near gordy's in hermantown, and on tower in superior.
i rarely make it out to the hermantown gw, but the last time i went there, i got an amazing two-piece sterling silver lotus which is going to look thriftastic on my christmas table. wait, is it a lotus or a water lily? i think it's a water lily. anyway, it's incredible. pictures? yeah, sorry. estupido camera/computer silent treatment.
superior gw seems to get tons of sewing notions/trims and funky 70s polyester on a regular basis. i also got a fabulous duvet cover there for $3.99.
duluth gw is my favorite, of course, for the 50 cent sale, every other saturday. it's a workout digging through the bins (bring a water bottle and, if you're a germophobe, hand sanitizer) but it's worth it. i'm wearing super cute 50 cent jeans right now. in the main part of the store, i've found very cute vintage furniture. if you can wait for the right color tags to go on sale, you get it for half price.
saver's - never been there. i suck. if i still lived in west duluth, i would probably go there all the time, but the mall area is such a hike these days.
st michael's used-a-bit - never been there. seriously. i have trouble believing it really is a thrift store. it's on 1st avenue west, halfway up the block from superior st. something about the storefront scares me.
st vinny's on 4th st downtown and on central ave . . . are these still functioning? i have such limited thrifting time with the boys - i haven't been to either since before klaus was born. the one on central was great for knitting/crocheting supplies, and the one downtown - i only went in there once, but i got two rolls of amazing vintage wallpaper for mere pennies. i use it for special wrapping paper, and i still have some (six years later). i miss living downtown.
earth exchange on belknap. clothes are priced a little high, but are organized by size and color, which makes it easier if you know what you're looking for. household stuff and crafty stuff (upstairs) are cheap. bargain basement smells like pee.
vintage duluth & obscuriosities aren't typical thrift stores, but the prices are just as good. vintage duluth is the best for super cheap vintage kids' clothes. obscuriosities has the most awesome coats, boots and bags - i can't imagine why anyone would buy new, when you could buy excellent-condition 60s (and visit patrick, and get a good deal). patrick will give you a discount if you bring in (and give him) a photo of yourself wearing something you bought there.
salvation army in the west end and on broadway in superior.
the pricers at the west end salvy are out of their minds when it comes to furniture (in a bad way). my best finds there are kid stuff and pyrex.
the pricers at the superior salvy are out of their minds - in a good way. it is thrifting mecca. i once walked out of there with suede boots (which i'm currently wearing), a fancy little glass thing we use as a moss terrarium, a vintage burlap and green-embroidered bag (as seen on my coat rack, holding cloth shopping bags), and like five other finds for $7. remnants of vintage fabric are unmarked, and the cashier just holds each one and judges it - generally finding them to be worth 59 cents. packages of bias tape / rick rack, 10 cents. now you know my best-kept secret.
so, what did i miss? has anyone been to the 10,000 items store on west 4th st downtown? oh yeah, and there's a thrift store in two harbors, near the waterfront, that i want to go to reeeeeeeally bad, called neighbor to neighbor.