In elementary school, I learned about "The 3 Rs" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and my knack for thrift-shopping was handed down to me from my mother at an even younger age. But, until yesterday, I'd never heard of a "free store." Apparently, I've been missing out on a new phenomena of reusing! How embarassing. To save you the blush, here's the scoop:

A free store is like a thrift store or garage sale, but everything is always marked 100% off.

A Thrilling Find: Garage sales, thrift stores, reuse centers, free stores, and even Craig's list are all great ways to get things you need for cheap.  Even better, doing so is great for the environment because it means less waste sent to a landfill.
A Thrilling Find: Garage sales, thrift stores, reuse centers, free stores, and even Craig's list are all great ways to get things you need for cheap. Even better, doing so is great for the environment because it means less waste sent to a landfill.Courtesy colros

Here's a New York Times article about a Brooklyn free store, but I'm guessing you're more interested in something closer to home (assuming the Twin Cities are your home, of course). Lucky for you, the Southeast Como Improvement Organization is collecting usable stuff that students tend to leave on the street during move-in/ move-out and making it available for free at the University of Minnesota's ReUse Center from 10am to 4:30pm through this Saturday, Sept. 11th, 2010 (details here). Additionally, for small fees, the U of M's ReUse Center is open year round to the treasure-troving public Thursdays 8am to 8pm starting tomorrow, Sept. 9th, 2010 (details here). Apparently, there was once a catapult for sale... what's not to love about that??

So, go ahead! See what you can find. My trash might be your treasure, and it's environmentally friendly too.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

GOOD to KNOW! Thanks for the tip!

posted on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 8:25pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I just read that they have bikes for $35 today starting at 8am. Kind of late but I want to see what is left (as of noon).

posted on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 10:58am

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