It’s that time of year again where we push out the winter dust (and salt) and make way for the fresh air (and mud) of springtime here in Rochester! Out with the old and in with the new, but hold that trash bag, you don’t have to throw your unwanted goodies in the dumpster. Even better, you don’t have to spend a fortune freshening things up, either.
Henrietta is a college metropolis in terms of secondhand stores. There’s AMVETS, Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, Salvation Army, Savers – so many options, but which one is best for you? Here’s a basic overview of what to expect from each store:
AMVETS is the king of used goods, from appliances to sweaters, they have it all. Located in Jefferson Plaza, across from South Town and near D.P. Dough, AMVETS offers a surprisingly large selection of clothing, ranging from upcycled chic to retro. They’re also a great place to go for books, vinyl albums, knick-knacks, accessories and (on some lucky days) even furniture. This is one of my personal favorite stores. You can buy used goods here for extremely reasonable prices, and you can also bring some of your gently used items here to turn them in for another bargain hunter to find!
Goodwill is the staple secondhand store in the area with as so much variety, it’s practically a Wal-Mart. Also located in Jefferson Plaza, on the near side, Goodwill is about the size of AMVETS but with about a 50/50 ratio of clothes to everything else. They have a wide variety of books to choose from , as well as cassettes, vinyl records, CDs, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, VHS tapes, computer games, board games, puzzles – the list goes on and on. Their clothing selection, while not quite as extensive as that of AMVETS, still holds the occasional treasure, as long as you’re willing to search for it. Goodwill makes your life even easier, because you don’t even have to leave campus to donate items! Next to the bus stop behind NRH, you’ll find a metal drop box for clothing. Just put your clothes in a plastic grocery bag or a clean trash bag and tie off the top before putting them in the box.
Across the street in South Town Plaza, Plato’s Closet takes thrift sore chic up a step to bring you some style. Unlike the other stores, Plato’s Closet features clothes and accessories only and fashions only from within the past year. Also unlike the other stores, if you bring some of last season’s clothes in to Plato’s Closet (they also list what articles of clothing they are looking for on their storefront window), they’ll give you some cash in exchange for your gently worn clothes. They cater to a young (high school and college) audience, so their clothes will be the most fashionable of the local selection.
For those of you who have young nieces and nephews or your own little ones pitter pattering around, Once Upon a Child is also in South Town and offers and accepts used baby clothes, accessories, toys and furniture. They’re a great stop for the basics or for when the tots (inevitably) outgrow their little clothes.
Salvation Army is a little farther out, located across the street from Marketplace Mall. They carry clothes, furniture, games and some appliances. The store itself is the largest of the ones in the area, and it has a large selection of pretty much everything.
Savers is across from Wal-Mart and offers rows and rows of clothes to choose from (and to contribute to). If you have an old Halloween costume you want to get rid of, this is the place to take it. Outside of the Halloween season, they provide plenty of seasonal clothes, and accessories for customers to try on, and you can bring your own clothing by and drop it off at the counter.
Not looking to clear house, but rather to clean it? You don’t even have to leave campus! Crossroads, the Global Village Market, and Sol’s Underground carry a selection of home cleaning products. Remember: when cleaning, work from the top down. Dust, take out the trash, clean windows, change sheets, and vacuum last to pick up all the dust. Once you’re all cleaned up, you’re ready to ring in spring!