All the Salvation Army Thrift Stores in metro St. Louis offer great bargains in used merchandise, but the Salvation Army Family Store in Florissant is family-size! Here you can find everything from 1950s blond bedroom suites to Moolah Shriner mugs, and the acreage of secondhand clothing is color-coded in a most artistic array. We love the bric-a-brac section, because the pricers here don't even attempt to distinguish "collectible" from "crapola." A glass Pyrex mixing bowl spangled with a rare '60s motif costs the same as a plastic no-name mixing bowl decorated only with dog gnaw. But this is the best part: The place is surrounded by ranch houses, each with a sewing machine tucked into a corner of the basement rec room. Before prom night, the neighborhood whirs with the rush of pressure foot over taffeta. But the children graduate, the eyesight fades, the knuckles gnarl that's when it's time to retire the needle and donate one's stock of now-vintage fabric to charity, a.k.a. the nearby Salvation Army Family Store. Lucky us!