Savers: Not Your Average Thrift Store

October 24, 2013 1 comment

Okay, call me crazy. But I had never heard of Savers until last month when I was invited to try it out during STLFW. I am not much of a thrift shopper – not because I don’t love vintage, but because I just never knew the right places to go in St. Louis. Aside from Salvation Army and Good Will, I haven’t really ventured out. (For great thrift shopping/vintage style in STL check out Fox & Gypsy’s blog.)

Image via Savers

One of the things that makes me nuts is a disorganized clothing rack. I have trouble focusing through all of the randomness. For some, it is a pleasure to find that perfect piece that is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But for me, I tend to avoid it. That is why when I visited the new St. Louis Savers location in Crestwood, I was pleasantly surprised. Savers prides itself on clean, easy to navigate aisles. Every section was listed by department, and sizes were organized accordingly.

The gorgeous dessert table with yummy cake pops and plenty of Savers Red candy to keep us fueled as we shopped

Savers invited the STLFW blogger crew into their store with a fabulous welcome. After listening to their store manager describe how excited they were to have us, we all sighed at how humble and adorable he was.

Shoppers at Savers score tremendous deals. You will find at least 5,000 to 10,000 new items added daily. Each day is a new shopping experience. Among some of the top finds that day from bloggers were a real leather mini skirt, a beaded vintage purse (below), a gorgeous peacock feather collar (from the costume section!), and shimmery scarves that Project Runway designer Michael Drummond vowed to turn into something spectacular. Savers is the place to be creative – that’s why thrift shopping is so much fun! Plus, they have a wide array of affordable Halloween Costumes. No need to throw down $100 on a costume from those seasonal Halloween stores. Check out the enthusiastic Savers employee below in costume!

Savers is really savvy about their process. After area residents have donated reusable items to the store, Savers pays local nonprofits a donation. That’s right – they support the local community. Your money helps your own community. When Savers sorts through donations, they only choose the highest quality items to place on the sales floor. After shoppers have thrifted to their hearts desire, any unsold items are recycled or sent to developing countries, not landfills. You can feel good about your donations and your purchases.

I can attest to the quality of the merchandise. Every bead was in tact on the vintage purse I found. When I perused the racks, not one item was ragged, missing a button, stained, or frayed. My only regret is that I lingered at the snack table long enough to give everyone else a lead on their shopping. There were some crazy awesome finds and our group had a wonderful time.

We ended our evening at Winslow’s Home, my new favorite St. Louis restaurant, for a dinner sponsored by Savers. I felt like I had been transported back to Marlow and Sons in Brooklyn with the general store atmosphere and local artisan fare. I cannot even describe how yummy the food there is. It felt like we had been welcomed into someone’s home for a hearty, delicious, homestyle meal. Plus they are known for their chocolate chip cookies. If you visit St. Louis, this restaurant needs to be on your itinerary!

Thanks again to the team at Savers! Have you been to Savers? Any fabulous finds you’d like to brag about? Share in the comments below!

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