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Best Thrift Store

Value Village on North Avenue

Frank Klein

800 Block of West North Avenue

Posted 9/22/2004

We appreciate that our cash-strapped city is making a little cash on the side by leasing excess space to private enterprise, and we particularly applaud the decision to house Value Village in the former Duke Ellington Elementary School on North Avenue. Wow. It’s big, it’s clean (well, for a thrift store anyway), it’s brightly lighted, it’s got gobs of stuff. Best of all, the merchandise starts out cheap—no inflated “collectible” madness here, thank heaven—and is rapidly discounted. Half-price off everything in the store on Wednesdays and Saturdays only enhances the allure. This place has everything needed to outfit the income-impaired yet discerning urban lifestyle—books, toys, housewares, and, of course, acres of clothing. Recent finds include a set of six Baltimore Colts highball glasses ($1.45) and a groovy 1940s rayon dress miraculously sized large enough to fit a modern gal ($3.50).

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