Last Saturday, my baby and I I had a few hours to ourselves so I decided to check out the new Arc Thrift Store on North Academy. It’s in the old Ultimate Electronics building, next to Family Christian and just north of the Woodmen/Academy intersection on the east side.
This is by far the nicest, cleanest, and most well-organized Arc in Colorado Springs! As you can tell by the balloons, they were still sort of celebrating their grand opening.
The aisles had lots of room and everything was very neat and organized.
Shoes were organized by size, even! Now, of course, take that with a grain of salt, as we are still talking about a thrift store, not Nordstrom’s. :) I found an 8 1/2 sized shoe in the 7-7 1/2 section, but still, it’s nice to be able to go to a sized section if you’re short on time.
This little plate ($4.99) was lovely; just couldn’t figured out a place to put it so it stayed on the shelf.
I carried this candleholder-thing around for awhile until I asked what tags were excluded from their 50% off sale and yellow was one of them. Man, all the good stuff was yellow. (Duh! ;)
A casino must have donated a collection of poker chips!
I loved this bureau. Loved it. Could totally see redoing it with some nice chalk paint. It was huge, and look at all that storage! I have no need for it, though, and at $120, I just couldn’t make a place to put it in my home.
They also had a great book section with lots of children’s books, especially. I was very impressed with that!
The only thing that I didn’t like about this store is the prices. Arc prices their stuff at a point where I sometimes feel like I’m in a consignment shop, not a thrift store. Unlike the other Arc store I’ve reviewed, I did find some really nice stuff here, but often at prices that I felt like I could beat at Target or Hobby Lobby.
Not that you can tell by the look on my face, but I sort of liked this jacket, just couldn’t bring myself to spend $9.99 at a thrift store, even if it was new with tags.
OK, so $10 for a new-with-tags, fancy-schmancy brand jacket was probably still a good deal. (And looking at that picture, I think I really did like it. Shoulda bought it.)
I wouldn’t spend $2.99 for a pair of generic flip flops when Old Navy sells them two for $5.00 every day.
Six dollars is too much for a pair of Faded Glory girl’s jeans, at least for me. However, I will say that they did seem to have a nicer selection than some of the other thrift stores.
So, obviously, I think their prices are too high for a thrift store. However, this Arc had a really nice selection – I daresay even the best in town – so let’s hope it stays that way, and I will be back!
I ended up buying a shirt, book, boy’s sweatshirt, and my score of the day, a Saladmaster stainless steel griddle ($5.99)! You know how a thrift store gets a special place in your heart when you find one amazing deal? That griddle did it for me. I’ll forever remember this store for that amazing find. :)
Have you been to the new Arc Thrift on north Academy in Colorado Springs? What did you think of it?