Googly eyes. Gas masks. Mannequin arms. Blowguns. Ax-Man Surplus Stores dares crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and tinkerers of all stripes to dream bigger, better, and weirder with an enormous stock of new surplus items. Each shop's collection of oddities and odds-and-ends resides in open-air barrels and on easily browseable shelves. Bins entice shoppers to rummage through metal bits in search of the next piece to a welded sculpture, and other aisles hold several decades’ worth of electronic wiring, fans, speakers, and fuses, perfect for building a robot that every generation can relate to. Frequent shoppers are rewarded with a new truckload of treasures every week, along with an ever-changing collection of signs that artistically warn of the hazards of shoplifting and suggest off-label uses for the merchandise.
Geneva Discount Furniture clothes naked domiciles with elegant, lifestyle-oriented furniture in a plethora of patterns, colors, and styles. Sofas and loveseats ($695+) beckon behinds to a home's living room, comforting guests and guiding attentions to focal points such as a TV, fireplace, or organ-grinding butler. For large rooms, large families, or lone occupants with 12-foot legs, sectionals ($895+) grant living locales plush, lounge-like ambiance. Unlike a six-piece brass band, a six-piece bedroom set ($895+) offers sleepers opulent tranquility and an absence of late-night oom-pah marathons. Additionally, Geneva’s array of decorative rugs ($139+) boasts intricate patterns and vivid colors, softening rooms and tying together decorative themes with unshakeable bonds.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
Way To Go's experienced staff expertly hones blades for optimal ice-slaying power at its well-stocked sports equipment outlets that specialize in buying, selling, and consigning used sporting goods. For optimal carving and snow-spraying hockey stops, skates should be sharpened professionally instead of being dragged down the street by a newlywed couple’s tandem bike. Families with more than one skater, or teams of ice-dancing penguins, are welcome to bring in multiple pairs of skates for group bonding activities around the sharpening wheel. After just one sharpening, skaters can showcase newfound nimbleness on the ice, gliding along with poise like a ballerina operating a segway.
In addition to an enormous inventory of beer, wine, and spirits, MGM Wine and Spirits' knowledgable staff can help shed light on not just where things are stashed—but how they taste, what they can be used for, and what will pair well with your dinner. On the website, browse recipes that incorporate booze—and not just in the usual ways. Use bottles of beer to flavor stews and chocolate cake, or learn to make cocktails at home instead of the standard midday office martini under your desk.
Every time Tiny Footprint Coffee uses a little bit of earth's resources, it also puts a little bit back. Since roasting coffee produces CO2, the staff have taken it upon themselves to donate a portion of the proceeds from every pound of coffee they sell to reforestation efforts in Ecuador. In this sense, they've established their business as a "carbon negative" one—the carbon they produce is eliminated by the trees that are eventually planted. And that's not even getting to the coffee itself. Workers dote on the artisanal beans every step of the way, from the family-owned farms where the coffee cherries are picked to the carefully trained baristas who eventually transform the roasted beans into the perfect cup.