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Second-hand shop reopens this week in Tampa

I'm a thrift store enthusiast, so of course I have my list of favorites. One of them is the St. John's Presbyterian Thrift store. Recently, the store closed for more than a month so the staff could sort and stock new donations. And talk about bargains! They have ladies casual dresses, dressy dresses, wedding dresses, blouses, sweaters, shoes, boots, jewelry, scarves and lots of other items in absolutely perfect condition. The prices are set around $2 for a blouse, $4 for a skirt and around $6 for a dress, depending on the style. I once walked out of there with a sundress, necklace, earrings and scarf for less than $15. I was so proud of myself. The store is also bringing back $5 bag-it days. Every first Monday of the month, you can buy a bag for $5 and fill it with everything you possibly can. And you can fit a lot into the bags.
The shop also carries men's clothes; clothes for infants and children; and lots of housewares, including dishes, picture frames, and pots and pans. The thrift store was started in 2005 by 35 women who attend the church, and sales support the church. The shop also provides clothing and other items to church outreach programs. The thrift store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It's located inside the atrium of St. John's Presbyterian Church at 4120 N. MacDill Ave. The entrance is a bit hidden, but it's worth looking. No elbowing me out of the way to get to the bargains, though. There's enough for everybody.

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