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On the Saturday a few weeks ago that I spent time at B’Poppin and as I drove off in a popcorn-induced bliss, I came across the bridge to Beaver Falls and decided to take a left. There were a few places in town that I had been interested in checking out, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. First on the list was the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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As a quick background, the Habitat for Humanity in Beaver County has been around since the early 1990’s and has built 55 homes for needy families right here IN Beaver County – all funded by donations. These donations come in the form of sponsorships and partnerships from local businesses and people, old car donations, and the ReStore Thrift Shop.

This Thrift Shop is located at 47 Bridge Street in Beaver Falls. It is tucked behind the car dealership and sits back alone beyond an overpass. The first thing I noticed when I pulled in was the huge gated area at the back of the parking lot. There was a ReStore box truck there unloading and a bunch of busy bee volunteers moving lumber and windows.

This is the building supply portion of the ReStore, which I honestly had no idea even existed anywhere in Beaver County. There are a few places near and around Pittsburgh that sell reusable building material, but this is the only one I know of in Beaver County. You can get old flooring or trim, drywall, roofing, tile. Basically, an ever-changing a mix of things.

The inside of the store was pretty impressive as well! They had a huge variety of pretty much anything you could need for a house. Furniture, lighting, kitchen goods, appliances, as well as things like craft supplies, books, holiday items, paint, and tools.

Chairs and chandeliers hung from the ceiling. All sorts of different dishes lined the walls. Moving through the first room and next up was the tool area. It was huge and it was being shifted around on the day that I was there, along with the paint. It looked like they were remodeling the whole joint! I can’t wait to see what the end product looks like.

As with any thrift store, what they have in stock varies from day to day. You can go in one day and be greeted by an antique hutch filled with an assortment of Asian ceramic figurines. And then the next day they might have a bin of ribbons and yarn in its place. Regardless, there are always things to uncover and lots of times they even have brand new things in stock. Keep this on your list of places to check out the next time you are out looking for a jar to hold your jam (that’s my jam!)…or just need a bit of paint for some Pinterest project you are working on.

The Humane Society Thrift Store

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After the ReStore, I headed back onto 7th Avenue and starting heading toward Beaver Brewing Company and ran right into another awesome thrift store while I was trying to park. This one is the Humane Society Thrift Store and it is so deceivingly massive! It doesn’t look very big at all from the outside but whoooooa lady, it’s huge in there.

The Humane Society started in Beaver County in 1950 and has been helped over 4,000 little furry folk since then. These fur babies rely on the help of the good humans of Beaver County to get them and keep them healthy. There are so many ways to volunteer (they all can be found on the website here) and there are so many ways to donate as well. One of the big ways they raise funds is through the Thrift Store.

This thrift store is located at 1900 Seventh Avenue in Beaver Falls. As soon as I walked in, there were rows and rows of color-sorted clothes. Oh my! It was a Type A’s dream come true! First red shirts, then blue shirts, then white shirts. Row after row. You get the gist. So very well organized. A huge kudos to whoever does that!!! Another thing they have are wedding gowns. There are a lot with TAGS on them too! A gorgeous Bill Levekoff unworn ivory gown with tags still on. Cost?? The day I was there was $12.

I will let THAT sink in for just a second.

Moving on then. This first area was clothing for everyone in the family, shoes, and purses. As you made your way through the building, the next ginormous area is the home goods/random stuff. Again with the amazing color sorting! I would like to become friends with whoever is responsible for all of this straightening!

So, if you are on the hunt for all things green, well,  just mosey on over to the green area and kaboom there is the green stuff! Pictures, vases, dishes, paintings. So many different things and something for everyone for sure. I found the perfect figurine that reminded me of The Mister and I, as well as what appeared to be a hand painted portrait of Elvis. Treasures everywhere, amiright?!

Continuing through, there were kitchen appliances, gift bags, books, movies, luggage, pet supplies. This place literally has a little of everything. There were records and, in keeping with my Elvis theme, I scored From Elvis With Love. You know, for those romantic nights at home. And both an ET and a Sesame Street record so that I can introduce the kids to how awesome it was to be a kid way back when!

The bottom line here folks is that these two places are great stores each with their own great mission! Both provide funds to very well deserving charities and both have unique finds. Everybody in the County SHOULD be getting thrifty!! Head on out to these places and let me know what treasures you find!

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!