Bargains are great, but the real reason to shop at thrift stores is to find cool, totally unique clothing items. Let the hordes head to the malls en masse and buy their uniforms, the outward marks of their dull, unimaginative lives: Adventurous souls will head to Natural Bridge Road in north St. Louis County to find some original treasures at Value Village. Don't be put off by the bright fluorescent lights; they're a great help in checking for cigarette burns and bourbon stains on that dress. Continue sifting for a pre-Prohibition cocktail glass, a Curtis Mayfield album and a turntable on which to play it, plus some skinny ties or a mod miniskirt. Whatever you find, it'll be one of a kind.
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