By Marissa Bergen
Thrift stores are gaining popularity as a terrific way to shop. Not only is thrifting a great way to save money, but it’s also a good way to find unique items, reuse and recycle.
If you are on vacation, thrift shopping can also be a great way to find out more about a city. The items there can represent the city’s culture and visitors can end up going to shops that are off the beaten path, allowing them to see parts of the city they may not have visited otherwise.
If you are in the Grand Haven area and looking for some great thrift shopping, here are some recommended destinations.
Purple Rose Boutique: Housed in a hard-to-miss royal purple storefront, this shop offers unique attire that may run the gamut from fun to classic to retro. Also available are cool accessories and home décor, all in a fun shopping environment.
Once and Again: This shop specializes in the consignment of quality used items. They promise a stress-free consigning experience and a fun and relaxing shopping experience. The store is a nonprofit that supports the Grand Haven Christian School.
Love in Action: Defining itself as an upscale resale store, Love in Action works on a donations basis, offering a number of items including housewares, clothing, home décor, books, toys and more. The store works on a donations basis. Each item purchased creates revenue that goes to supporting their homeless shelters.
Toys Are Used: Thrift shopping is not just a great way to purchase clothing and items for the home. It can also be a good way to purchase toys. Toys Are Used is a consignment store that sells gently used toys and other children’s items (excluding clothing) eliminating a parent’s plight of purchasing expensive toys for their children that they may not like or will quickly outgrow.
Goodwill: Goodwill is a long-trusted name for finding second-hand items at a bargain. The Grand Haven location sells a wide selection of pre-owned clothing, furniture, housewares and more. Like all Goodwills, the location is a nonprofit providing job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs.
New 2 You Shoppe: Another money-saving resource for purchasing upscale items, New 2 You has new items every day including clothing, furniture, housewares, books, toys and more. Stock is received on a donation basis and the store is volunteer-run. All profits are donated to Christian education.
St. Vincent de Paul: This thrift shop offers great bargains on gently used furniture, household goods, clothing and more. They specialize in affordable mattresses, box springs and bed frames. They also work to provide furnishings and clothing to needy clients as well as providing jobs that benefit the workforce development of the community.
Thrift stores are a great way to find terrific, unique items at low prices. If you are visiting the Grand Haven area, get to know the city better by seeking out these destinations, many of which help support worthy causes. Happy thrifting!