BEST THRIFT STORE Minneapolis 2004 - The Salvation Army
This store, tucked in Minneapolis's warehouse district, boasts two huge, linoleumed levels of wall-to-wall treasure. From clothing to lamps to furniture to those unnerving paintings of the kids with giant doe eyes, this Salvation Army is indeed a salvation. The staff is always friendly--though they've heard it all, so don't ask about returns--and they frequently wheel around carts overflowing with enticing new stuff. Among the City Pages staff, recent bargains have included a perfect and lovely $75 Fisher stereo receiver and speakers, a $1.99 antique floor lamp (which still had a $29 sticker on it from a previous garage sale), and a 99-cent hair dryer from Brookstone. Brookstone! Raid your change jar and head over.