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flyingfish
« on: May 23, 2004 01:41:00 PM »

Let's put together a list of Wisconsin thrift's for when we are driving out of our towns on road trips.....

Milwaukee has a ton and I actually found an online list you can refer to that is awesome!!!
http://onmilwaukee.com/articles/resale.html

anyone else? especially those of you off the beaten track!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2004 01:46:46 PM »

Hi--

I live in Madison, and there are absolutely TONS of thrift stores here, good and bad.  I actually worked at one of them for awhile (a strange experience...).  Do you want a list with addresses and stuff?  I could post them right here, I guess.  It would be quite a long, long list.  But a GOOD one.
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flyingfish
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2004 01:56:53 PM »

Yeah, let's list em' here. I just put a link because there is a page of address all organized and everything... i'll just paste it right here to get things going....

Salvation Army
1725 S. 13th St.
8601 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek
313 Bank St., Waukesha
6341 S. 27th St., Franklin
7711 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis
4747 W. Bradley Rd., Brown Deer

Goodwill
6055 N. 91st St.
5675 S. 27th St.

St. Vincent DePaul(aka St. Vinny)
1862 Fond du Lac Ave.
7125 W. Greenfield Ave.
2320 W. Lincoln Ave.

Value Village
324 W. North Ave
324 W. North Ave.
729 S. Layton Blvd.
3100 E. Layton Ave.
Cash only, Closed Sundays. Not huge, but good selection of new and vintage clothes organized by type. Not much for knicknacks, a basement full of well-priced furniture. Sales include half-price clothing.

Disabled American Veterans
1730 S. 13th St.
2430 N. Murray Ave.
7632 W. Hampton Ave.

Thrift Mart
A former Kohl's food store, the National Avenue location was better when it was a Vietnam Vets thrift, but interesting merchandise can still be found. The usual color tag specials of the day; it's well organized. Clothes, household goods. Not much jewelry or furniture. Handy ATM inside.


7619 W. National Ave.
10220 W. Silver Spring Dr.

St. Jude the Apostle
734 Glenview Ave.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2618 N. Hackett Ave.

St. Mary's Thrift Shop
13000 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove

St. Paul's Thrift Shop
1324 N. Marshall St.

St. Sebastian's
1725 N. 54th St.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2004 05:55:06 PM »

I'd love a list of GOOD madison thrift shops.  I went to Goodwill today and was somewhat disappointed...seems their prices keep getting higher.  I mean, $13 for a used dress? They are suppose to be $7.99 but I guess the take the nicer ones and mark them up to $13 which i think is wrong.  And every time I find a t-shirt I like it's a $3.99 one instead of $1.99...I'm getting fed up with them.

I do find a lot of good stuff at garage sales as well but you have to really look because most of it is baby clothes are old farty stuff LOL
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milwjamie
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2004 03:18:09 PM »

It's sad in the past few years because a lot of good Milwaukee thrifts have closed Sad  is anyone else really missing the Thriftmart on S. 76th?? Or the other thrifts that used to be in downtown West Allis?? I think Thriftmart broke my heart though... Any new ones open that anyone's excited about?
--Jamie
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flyingfish
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2004 11:41:42 PM »

There is a newer thrift way out on National which i'v passes on the way to the salvation army on National and 77th... it's something-or-other for the blind and it's in a strip mall on the left side of the street if you're heading west, before you hit joanne fabric (which is on the right).... these are silly directions but i don't know the address... they have cheep furniture there and put stuff out daily... barley any records though....
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2004 07:07:39 PM »

The only thift store I go to regularly right now is Value Village on North. I've gotten some good clothing there, a like-new esspresso machine for 3$, and they have a great selection of wierd records. I was sad to see the SalVal on Prospect close, not to mention all the resale that used to be on Greenfield. Why are they all closing? And is it related to all the used bookstores that have closed too? I know, I know, getting off topic.... Angry
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2004 08:21:59 AM »

I like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Madison.  It's new & used building materials.  We just bought a cool old door ($15) and pretty art deco style light fixture ($5) there this weekend. 
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2004 06:00:19 PM »

oh, I miss the thriftmart, too!! It was one of my favorites!!! The goodwill out in Waukesha is usually pretty good, too, if your out that way!
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2004 08:26:17 PM »

Hey--
Yeah, Idigmusic, I have heard good things about that Waukesha goodwill, where exactly is it?! That's the huge one, right? And ravenheart--that one on greenfield was the best ever I do believe...Got my fave "it's better in the bahamas" tee there..Yeah totally don't understand what is up with the closing of the thrifts lately. You're right about the used bookstores too. Does anyone remember the one that used to be near Southgate on S. 27th probably 10 years back?!! That one was great. flyingfish- thanks for the heads up about the thrift in the strip mall, I think I know what one you're talking about? Is it across the street from a huge shoe store? Have not made it to the W.A. lately for anything. Did score some great Schlitz glasses earlier today though, they match my fave blatz glasses. But records was mainly a bust. Does anyone else have an obsession with old ad or sales recordings?? Or those Recordio discs?
--Jamie
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tjzlof
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2004 04:32:21 PM »

There is a really nice St. Vincent DePaul Store in Slinger on Hwy 175.  Their prices are better than Good Will and they have some really nice clothes.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2004 06:53:29 PM »

tjzlof--
Sounds like a good spot. Do they have a lot of records or glassware there?
--Jamie
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2004 08:37:54 AM »

Here are some of my favorite thrift stores in Madison:

House of Thrift
474 North Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-0889

House of Thrift rocks.  The elderly people who work there are so nice, and the prices are cheap as cheap.  It's small, so it's one of those places you can go back to repeatedly and find something.

Saint Vincent de Paul
1309 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-0673

Everybody in Madison talks about going here, but sometimes things are good and sometimes they aren't.  They don't get in shipments of clothes and such all the time, so you could come back a week later and find the exact same things on the shelves.  Oh yeah, and the people who work there are really, really cool (one of my best friends in the entire world works there, so sometimes I just hang out and talk with him) but that can actually hinder the pricing process... you know, like these guys really do know how valuable a Vanilla Ice boardgame is, so they price it at, like, $20 (whereas at some church flea market the thing would be 50 cents, you know?).

Saint Vincent de Paul
1900 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53713
(608) 250-6370

Now this place is the ultimate deal.  To all those who know it well, it's called the Dig and Save because, well, you literally have to dig through piles of crap to find stuff.  It's like an archeological expedition!  Just make sure to wash your hands afterward... yuck.   Some of the best finds to be had here, y'all.

Oh, and there are, I think, 2 more St. Vinnie's in the Madison area, but I've never been to those... let me know if they're any good, those of you who have had the pleasue.

Savers
1880 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 240-0768

I really like Savers.  It's huge, and they have a very, very high turnover, so there's always something new.  And you can always find great things.  Check this out:  I went there last week, and I found, on a stuffed animal rack, a Gloomy bear in practically new condition with its tags still on from Cubeworks (a Japanese toy company) for $2... and if anybody here knows anything about these toys, they're, like, $20 and you'd have to usually ship them from Japan or some specialty store/site in the states... I never have luck like this!

Okay, as for Goodwill, they do really have high turnover and you can always find something cool, but the problem is prices, as you all well know I'm sure.  I didn't list them here (there are like 6 in the Madison area) because I'm pretty angry at the rising prices myself, but anybody who wants those addresses, let me know, and I can provide them.

Oh, and I'm sure you're all hip to this info, but in Madison especially, VINTAGE store vs. THRIFT store means a difference between a $30 sweater vs. a $3 sweater.  I know this is probably about the same in other cities, but I've found the markup especially bad in the Madison area.  Oh yeah, and there's this vintage store off of State St. that actually rents used clothing.  tell me that's not ridiculous!  I'm not going to rent an '85 Walter Payton jersey to wear for two days!  I want to actually buy that jersey to actually have... sheesh.
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tjzlof
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2004 09:08:16 AM »

Jamie, The one in Slinger had a lot of records and glassware there when I was there about a month ago.

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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2004 07:52:14 PM »


Oh, and I'm sure you're all hip to this info, but in Madison especially, VINTAGE store vs. THRIFT store means a difference between a $30 sweater vs. a $3 sweater.  I know this is probably about the same in other cities, but I've found the markup especially bad in the Madison area.  Oh yeah, and there's this vintage store off of State St. that actually rents used clothing.  tell me that's not ridiculous!  I'm not going to rent an '85 Walter Payton jersey to wear for two days!  I want to actually buy that jersey to actually have... sheesh.

hahaha that is so funny and weird that they rent used clothing!!! Totally know what you mean about the vintage stores.. It's sorta like that here too with Marlene's and places like that. It is quite sad too. Where exactly is that rental vintage store?!! Is that the one with the broken up CDs on the outside? Where you have to go up a flight of steps? It'd be worth the trip alone to see their rentals...
--Jamie
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2004 01:41:28 PM »

Hey, since Slinger was mentioned, I grew up in Hartford (only ten minutes away on hwy 60) and there's a St. Vinnie's right downtown (across from the mondo-huge Mineshaft restaurant/bar, Main Street being connected, I think, to hwy 83).  It's pretty big... two floors, and tons of stuff.  The people who work there are a little weird (townies... *shudder*) but that's the way the local thrift stores are, right?  I don't go there often... I only go back to Hartford to visit the folks, and then I try to bust out of there as quickly as possible (you know how revisiting the old homestead is, y'all).

Oh, and as for the vintage store rental thingy, seriously, don't bother checking 'em out.  The place, I think, is just called Vintage something, and it's on Gorham right off State St.  The rentals there are really nothing special.  It's just stuff like old futball/basketball jerseys of good players (you know, Walter Payton Bears jerseys, I think I saw a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey there too, which is totally sweet but for rent?!) or authentic tour shirts from bands like Pink Floyd or Black Sabbath... you know, all really cool stuff to find for, like, $5-10 at a regular thrift store, but completely nonsensical for renting.  I understand the Halloween rentals (they do a lot of that), and some of that stuff is pretty cool if you want to rent a costume (I like making my own, personally... hey, we're all pretty crafty here, right?) but otherwise, this place is lame.

I think I know which vintage store you meant... I think it's really near the one I'm talking about, called, like, Godiya or something, but it's really small and kind of lame...  Has the same sort of stuff as Ragstock, which used to be cool, like, six years ago or more, but now it's totally lame (no offense to anyone who likes it, I just think it's not as cool as it used to be... downstairs they used to have boxes of clothes that you could dig through, and, if I remember correctly, you could buy by the pound... literally, "Ragstock").
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2004 06:32:45 AM »

The second vintage store right around the corner from State St in Madison is Gozira (or however you spell it).  The name is supposedly making fun of the way Asian people would say "Godzilla".  It's a tiny store and fun to look around but you can find better and cheaper stuff at a garage sale.
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milwjamie
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2004 08:41:55 PM »

Yeah CottonCandy and funkstart--
You are totally right about things being overpriced in the so called vintage stores. What has happened to Ragstock lately though too?? They seem to have raised their prices a ton. The vintage rental thing is just so absurd to me, it is strange that they really do that and think people would rent them!!  Huh I guess Halloween makes sense, but it is still a little odd... Why would you rent something when you could find good stuff for cheaper at the thrift?!! It just doesn't make sense. heheh well if I ever see a reasonably priced Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey, I will totally pick it up for you funkstart. Do you remember that other store that used to be on State St. where they only sold clothes by the pound? Can't recall the name though..
And that Gozira place or whatever it is called, all their stuff is horribly overpriced too!! They had a decent pair of shoes there if I recall correctly, but they wanted like, $30 for them...I think that is the same place I am talking about, it was very tiny and upstairs.
--Jamie
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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2004 06:14:58 PM »

now that summer has started it's all about the rummage sales for the deals- a tip that i find helpful (obviously i take this really seriously... Wink) is too get a laminated map and go online, get a list of sales in your area and take a rub-off pen and mark where all the sales are. this way you can hit as many as possible without wasting time!
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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2004 02:29:36 PM »

now that summer has started it's all about the rummage sales for the deals- a tip that i find helpful (obviously i take this really seriously... Wink) is too get a laminated map and go online, get a list of sales in your area and take a rub-off pen and mark where all the sales are. this way you can hit as many as possible without wasting time!

That is such a great idea!!!! May have to share this tip with my ebay obsessed dad.. After all it is father's day.   Wink  That would be good for visits to other cities too, to map out where to go when! Yay! flyingfish your tip is great, I love it!!
--Jamie
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binny
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2004 07:56:38 AM »

My new favorite place to shop for used items is auctions.  Seemed to be much cheaper than what you'd find at a rummage sale.  I got two garbage bags of Tupperware & Rubbermaid for $4, quite a steal.  Also the boy bought a box of random junk for $5 because he wanted the baseball glove in it, and I ended up with a set of bedsheets and an extra flat sheet.  I'm going to craft them into sleep sacks for our camping kit. 


Here are a couple websites that list a bunch of auction companies in Wisconsin. 
http://www.auctionguide.com/dir/Locations/USA/Wisconsin/
http://www.allwi.com/wiauctions.html
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flyingfish
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2004 09:24:47 AM »

actions seem so intimidating, or at least in my head they do... are the ones you went to silent or you actually raise your hand and bid while the auctioneer talks really fast?! just curious...
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2004 08:38:05 AM »

The auction I went to was very casual.  It was just a house in a Madison northside neighborhood where an old couple had died.  There was tons of stuff on tables in their front and back yard.  Most of the stuff is grouped into bags or trays (soda pop cardboard flats) or whatever else they could put things into, like crates.   They also auctioned off the house, that was neat because a girl in her mid-20s won it for a good price.  She was so happy that she was crying.  Awww! 

There's usually a bit of time before they start selling stuff so you can preview everything and know what you might want.  To participate, you go up to the booth to get a bidding number.  You'll fill out a form and they copy it along with your photo ID and they give you a bidding number on a piece of paper.  In essence you're creating a 'tab' where they'll total up everything you buy to give you one final payment amount when you want to pay up and leave.  I think most places will take only cash or check, so be prepared.  It usually doesn't cost anything to get a number, so don't be afraid to get one.  It's like Ebay but only live and quicker. 

Then you go join the crowd wherever the auctioneers are at doing their thing with the fast mumbly-talk.  Or you can wander around and look at the rest of the stuff if you're not interested in what they're selling at the time.  The one we were at had tools and hardware stuff in the front yard and the household goods in the back yard.  If the auctioneer is selling something you want, you just put your hand up, say "yeah" or do something else to get the auctioneer's attention.  I know it seems like their auction-patter is difficult to understand but if you watch for a bit, you'll pick it all up. 

I saw a lot of things go for under $5, and that's usually not just one item but a group of things.  And when some items don't seem to get any interest and nobody wants them for even 50 cents, they'll add more items to the pile and try again.  A cool thing they sometimes do is called "choice", they'll group a bunch of different stuff - sometimes it's all similar items, sometimes it's not - and offer the highest bidder a choice of whichever group they want.  That's how I got two bags of plastic storage containers for $2 each, I was the highest bidder and got to pick as many bags for that price.  My other choices were a bag of things like a snowmobile suit and other clothing, and a bag of towels.   The towels would have been nice too but I didn't want to be greedy.  After I was done picking the items I wanted, they opened the bidding back up to everybody else at $2 to pick whatever they wanted.  If nobody wanted anything else at that price, they can start the bidding over with a lower price. 

One tip - at the auction we were at you didn't have to carry the number with you the whole time so if you win you just tell them your number at the end of each bidding and somebody marks it down.  This was nice because the boy could look at tools while I bought my Tupperware and we could both use the same number to pay just one bill at the end. 

A bit of advice - even though an auction is quick paced, if there's a lot of stuff it might take a while to get around to what you want to buy.  So be prepared for a long day of standing.  But we had a ton of fun looking through the random old crap, talking to the other atendees, and listening to the auctioneers with their humorous descriptions.   Usually they'll sell food and beverages but you can probably bring your own stuff in a little portable cooler.  I'm going to buy a little softsided cooler bag before we go next time.   I don't know what they'd think if you brought some of those portable folding chairs that everybody has nowadays, might be worth a shot. 

Wow, this is a long description but I think I got everything.  Does anybody have any questions?  I totally recommend just going to watch sometime.
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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2004 01:40:10 PM »

That totally answered all my burning questions about auctions... what a weird thing, I'm totally gonna go when i can find one that fits into my schedule!! Thanks!
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« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2004 12:36:46 PM »

While we're on the topic of auctions, does anyone in Milwaukee know if there's still a weekly auction at Serb Hall? I haven't been there in years, but if I remember correctly there were a lot of cool/weird tchotchkes (big box of pretty ceramic tea pots, a collection of 70's porcelain mushrooms) along with furniture and some clothes.

Schrager auctions in Sherman Park tend towards more high-end/antique stuff, but sometimes have cool random stuff that goes very cheaply. They have a website with auction dates here: www.schragerauction.com
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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2004 01:17:30 PM »

I actually just saw an add for a Serb hall auciton a few weeks ago but was intimidated to go and also just assumed that it was all fancy expensive stuff.... now I know.
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« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2005 06:32:49 PM »

Janesville has a few thrifts, some that I haven't found time to stop by yet.

Goodwill - Just off Milton Ave. by Woodman's - occasional finds, but lately picked over and higher prices.

Salvation Army - Downtown on Center Ave past Pick n' Save - small and not well stocked

Carousel Consignments - Downtown on Main between Court and Milwaukee Sts. - my treasure trove.  A variety of items at a variety of prices, but absolutely every nook and cranny in the place is crammed with interesting/useful items.  I always find something to fall in love with there.

Castaways - I still haven't visited this store, since it never seems to be open when I have the time.  It's on Milton Ave as you head downtown.

There's also a decent used book store on Milwaukee St. downtown.
If anyone lives in or visits the area and knows of any I've missed, please do tell!
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« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2005 02:32:05 PM »

Madison : Dig n Save is the place to go, by far.  It is a bit of a pain because you literally have to "dig", but all clothes are sold by the pound ($1!), and Wednesday is half price day.  It's a bit nasty and dusty, but I buy most of my clothes and housewares, and all of my kids clothes there.  Just make sure you take it home and wash it!

Ok, this one has been a secret I have only shared with a few of my closest friends, but there is a great Salvation Army off of Thierer, over by the Target east / Michaels.  I spent $20 today, and got a huge vintage case for all my jewelry supplies, a coat for my daughter, three skirts, about a half dozen kids t-shirts, and a mix and match bag of ribbon and jewelry.  It completely kicks ass if you can block out the slightly scary Christian music in the background.

I have started to completely boycott The Goodwill because of the outrageous prices.  If I wanted to spend $20 on a skirt, I would go to a funky vintage shop (Circa just opened down the street from us on E. Johnson and they have great vintage!), or buy a hand-made one!

Last but not least, don't forget Aug. 15th.  Moving day for the college kids downtown.  Lovingly referred to as 'hippy christmas" in my household, you can find great furniture and some barely touched goodies the wealthier kids don't want.

Oh, and local block garage sales too.  The Maple Bluff town sale is coming up this weekend.  I am only telling this to you because I will have to work and not be there Smiley  think, Governor's mansion, huge lakeside mansions.............

Can't wait to get back to Milwaukee to scour!  Thanks, Faythe for the listings!

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« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2005 09:49:23 PM »

all right, this is going to seem waaay out in the boonies for all you city folk (lol) but if anyone's in the wisconsin dells area:

there are two st vincents.  one is right off the strip and it is never good.  the other is across the street from zinke's a couple blocks from the strip.  this one's worth a try.

in reedsburg, 15 miles away, there are two.  there's a st vincents right on main st that's pretty good and a thrift store run by the hospital called riverview thrift store.  this is on alexander ave, i think? 

in baraboo, 10 or so miles away, is my FAVORITE thrift store, st vincent de paul.  god i cannot remember street names for the life of me right now, but it is right down the street from the pool and the skate park, down the street from the square.  there is also a nice yarn shop right on the square.

in sauk city, 30 minutes from madison, there is a nice st vincents off highway P.  they're usually a little pricey, but they've got great furniture, fabrics, and craft supplies.

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« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2006 01:05:31 AM »

I just want to throw in my support for Savers. They usually have a sale every day, I think, on different colors of tags, and once every few months they have half off the whole sale day. At the last one, I got so many ridiculous things (like a hand-knit sweatervest featuring a landscape of sheep. It's amazing). They had a Scary Spice doll in the original packaging, and a million other things I wanted. One of my friends got two HUGE bags stuffed full with clothes, housewares, and other things, for like $35. I got one bag stuffed full, and some other things I carried, for about $20 and change. They even have really nice vintage fur coats for like $60. Well, sometimes they have them. I also think the prices are a lot more reasonable than other places - St. Vinny's sometimes seems overpriced to me, at least in the months leading up to Halloween. All of their fun, weird stuff gets put in the costume area, even if it's just a Hawaiian shirt or something.

There's a new vintage (not thrift) store out on East Johnson (in Madison). It opened a few months ago, I think. I saw a sign for their paper bag sale, and I got really excited, since I love going to St. Vinny's on their paper bag sale days. Then I found out it was like, $30 a bag, and not everything counted. Vintage stores are so insane - usually you can find the exact same stuff at St Vinny's or Savers or whereever, and I know that a lot of people to run vintage stores just go to Dig N Save type places, buy a bunch of lame t shirts for 10 cents each, and sell them to overpriviledged kids who want to look like Ashton Kutcher or the Olsen twins for $30.
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« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2006 06:32:25 PM »

Hey, everyone!

Dime and Dollar in about the 300 block of S. 2nd Ave., Bathesda in about the 100 block of N. 1st Ave. in Wausau are a couple of my favorites.  My children (all 5) really love these places , too.  My son was in the play "Sining in the Rain" and commented that HE had better clothes than the theater clothes at school!  Goodwill in Weston is good ,also.  Resently had a couple of pairs of Steve Madden shoes.  My daughter spent several minutes trying to get them to fit!!

I love the St. Vincent DePaul in Madison and in Marshfield, too.  Marshfiel, WI - A hospital town.  No shopping there but all the docs families take stuff to the St. Vincent store.  About 40 minutes from Wausau.

See you there!
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« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2006 10:42:17 PM »

lacrosse area- to be honest, i haven't been to any of these, i used to thrift A LOT when i lived in columbus, oh (huge city with tons of shops) but i haven't in the 5 years since i've been back in wi. but here's what we have in this area...

andy's hwy 16 resale 7457 state hwy 16 sparta
bits and pieces 735 n main st viroqua
consignment boutique 1824 george st lacrosse
consignment cash connection 708 winnebago st lacrosse
fine things 1300 caledonia st lacrosse
flashback denim and more 2001 state rd lacrosse (take that back, i went here.. they have TONS of jeans from the 60s, 70s in this tiny garage at pretty good prices i think. they aren't open a lot though).
open closet 113 e oak st sparta
pass it on 229 n black river st sparta
the second showing 1400 west ave s lacrosse
treasures on main 722 main st la crosse
twice is nice 200 main st onalaska


plus there's tons of antique shops alllll over this area in tiny little towns, but i wasn't sure if you wanted those too or if it was just clothing stores.
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« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2006 11:58:52 AM »

I have a national directory of thrift stores. I hope this helps..

http://www.thethriftshopper.com
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« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2006 08:20:03 PM »



There's also a decent used book store on Milwaukee St. downtown.
If anyone lives in or visits the area and knows of any I've missed, please do tell!


Are you speaking of the one on the corner of wisconsin and milwaukee street downtown? The one by the old (and closed) walgreens? I haven't been to that one yet, BUT what about RENAISSANCE BOOKS!!?!?! OMG I would live there if I could.  I know they used to have a little section at the MKE airport (not sure if they still do or not) but the one downtown is awesome... and the basement is full of old magazines!!! I can't exactly remember what street it is on downtown, but I'm thinking it might be on plankinton... or somewhere around there.... just north of wisconsin street.

I just wanted to give my two cents in for the Salvation Army store on S. 27th street in Franklin (on the border of Franklin/Milwaukee).  It's a far drive from my downtown location, but they sometimes have AWESOME fabric selection in their linens area!!! (Vintage fabrics and new too!!!)  I swear by it's awesomeness!!!!  Lots of records... and i like the fact that they have something of everything. 

ok sorry for the novel but i love thrift stores.

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« Reply #34 on: July 26, 2006 01:51:52 PM »

I love the St. Vincent DePaul in Madison and in Marshfield, too.  Marshfiel, WI - A hospital town.  No shopping there but all the docs families take stuff to the St. Vincent store.  About 40 minutes from Wausau.
You forgot the best part.  The St Vinnie's in Marshfield is THREE STORIES of used good fun. Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2008 07:06:08 PM »

Wow, I'm going to have to take a trip up to Marshfield for sure!

I just moved to Madison...I can't wait for the rummage sales to start!
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« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2011 03:14:01 PM »

I normally don't go far for my crafting supplies but I do check out my local goodwill and I also have a local store called the "ABC Store" they sell used goods.From clothing to crafting items and so on.I go there when I see there bag day sign outside next to there building a bag full of stuff is only 3 dollars on bag day.That is where I get a lot of sew items and goodies for crafting.

i also go to lacrosse,wi which is about 30 to 40 minutes from where I live.

I go to the salvation army and goodwill and hobby lobby and wal-mart all located in lacrosse,wi when I am in lacrosse,wi

I don't have much of a crafting section in my local wal-mart.So I shop quite often in lacrosse,wi.

If anyone knows of any places in the tomah to lacrosse,wi area please let me know.

Abc store is located on main street in tomah,wi
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