Thrift stores can offer a wealth of surprising finds, from a perfectly preserved vintage dress to an original copy of the Magna Carta that's stained with nacho cheese and tucked underneath a sofa cushion. Make thrifty discoveries with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of gently used clothing, furniture, and more at Animal Ark Thrift Store in St. Paul.
Voted 2010's Best Thrift Store in the Twin Cities by Citypages, Animal Ark Thrift Store surrounds shoppers with an abundance of gently used clothing, furniture, collectibles, and more. Browse rows of enough furniture ($5–$500) and housewares ($1–$75) to decorate your personal palace with items such as a bent-wood rocker ($75), or pile up paperbacks for accompaniment on long summer weekends. Doll collectors can browse an assortment of collectible Barbies ($19), and those hoping to keep their kids from building a shrine to William Shatner can pick up a vintage Star Wars vehicle ($50). Visitors can search for a matching outfit from well-curated collections of clothing ($2–$35). Staffed by volunteers, Animal Ark Thrift Store sends proceeds to its no-kill animal shelter.
Animal Ark Thrift and Pet Store
Though it advertises itself as the largest no-kill shelter in the Twin Cities, Animal Ark’s homey facility seems more like a relaxing retreat for the more than 1,000 homeless cats, dogs, and rabbits that come through its doors each year. Cats bask in sunlight within feline apartments as dogs lounge atop soft raised beds in their own spacious kennels, sinking teeth into chew toys and treats. Of course, time at Animal Ark isn't all leisure. Canines awaiting their forever homes stretch their legs across a large outdoor play yard, aptly named the Ark Park, where ample trees and greenery mix with park benches where dogs can train their human friends to sit.
Potential owners can also get to know adoptable pets online. The website posts a first-person profile of each available animal that lists its breed, personality, and master’s degrees.
809 7th St. E
St. Paul, Minnesota 55106