I love a great bargain and if you do too I am about to reveal one of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets… the Bargain Nook! This is a gem of a thrift store located throughout southwest Wisconsin.
June 30, 2012: More Great Bargains
Here are just a few reasons why The Bargain Nook is my favorite and a few tips for a successful shopping trip.
1. This store supports the local community. Many of the individuals who work at the Bargain Nook are physically or developmentally disabled. Not only are they employed by the store, but the proceeds from sales go to support local support services.
2. Lands’ End donates new clothes to the store! Lands’ End is located in Dodgeville, WI and disperses their overstock, return, and scratch and dent items to the Bargain Nooks throughout the area. The vast majority of the clothes in the store have never been worn. Lands’ End donates these items to the Bargain Nook where you can buy them for pennies, literally. I bought this jacket for $2. That equates to almost 99% off its original price.
Yes, you read that correctly, $2!
3. The clothes are so cheap you feel like you are stealing. On top of the already bargain basement prices you can always find additional discounts. When you walk into the store behind the cash register there will be a sign that tells you what the additional discounts for the day are. Price tags are color coded (green, orange, blue, red, and gray), every day one of those colors will be an additional 50% off and another color will be an additional 25% off. There are also monthly coupons, you can collect punches on a punch card for additional savings, and if you visit every Bargain Nook (on your Tour de Nook card) you can get even more discounts. I bought this shirt on Saturday for 80 cents (original price $2). It was 50% off, plus we had the June 20% off coupon. You can’t even buy a cookie for 80 cents!
4. The selection is top notch. As with any thrift store there are no guarantees you will find what you are looking for on the day you visit. I probably wouldn’t recommend making a special trip to southwest Wisconsin just to visit a Bargain Nook. But if you are in the area it is well worth your time to make a stop. Men’s, women’s, children’s, housewares, shoes, shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, shorts, sweaters, swimwear, belts, jackets, and scarves galore! Keep at eye out for small imperfections and some items are monogrammed with their original owner’s initials. Here are a few of my favorite Bargain Nook deals (note, there are other styles, mine just happens to fall into the preppy, “I love a good cardigan” kind of look).
Lands’ End Canvas dress, $10, the top of my price limit
Lands’ End UWM themed cardigan, $3
More Lands’ End, $3
5. There are five Bargain Nooks to choose from: Mineral Point, Darlington, Spring Green, Platteville, and Mount Horeb. Personally, the Darlington location is my favorite.
Who needs extreme couponing when you have the Bargain Nook?