TC Spotlight | Thrift stores to help your back-to-school shopping

With the students going back to school and the change of seasons fastly approaching, we thought we'd place a spotlight on thrift shops going into the long holiday weekend.

Thrift store shopping is all the rage these days. Whether it’s due to the economic turndown, the recycling movement, or other factors, more Americans are turning to thrift stores to search for hidden treasures and bargain prices.

If you’ve been putting off your back-to-school shopping, or want to tighten up your fall wardrobe or seasonal décor, you can find many great deals at thrift shops Labor Day and throughout the week. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the many thrift shops to visit and enjoy the rush of digging for those deep discounts!  Use the comment section to sound off on your favorite thrift stores, share your shopping tips, and talk all things bargain hunting!

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Project DIVA's Back to School Teen Fashion Show

(Photo credit: Devina Moore of And More Photography) Project DIVA

Project DIVA held a Back to School Teen Fashion Show at the Capri Theater (2027 West Broadway Ave.) to both celebrate the beginning of a new school year and to kick-off the grand opening for its new boutique, called Raiding a DIVA's Closet, in north Minneapolis.

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TC Weekend | Ring in Labor Day weekend with community gatherings, the MN State fair and more!

Where has the time gone? The kids are going back to school, football preseason is off and running, and Labor Day weekend is here, marking the traditional end of summer. According to AAA, an estimated 35 million people will hit the road this holiday weekend. If you’re planning to stay in town, we found a few events to mix in between the BBQs, picnics, and other Labor Day weekend fun. See what’s on tap below.

Let us know how you will spend the holiday weekend by sending your photos and comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic or the name of the event, and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or use the email address above.


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Doggie date: Wiener Dog Race at Sandcastle

WHAT: Sandcastle’s 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Race, in which daschunds race against each other and a man in a hot dog suit

WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 1st at 1:00 PM (registration ends at noon)

WHERE: Sandcastle on Lake Nokomis, one of our fave dog-friendly eateries (map)

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TC Spotlight | Bike shops in the Twin Cities

Bike shops get the spotlight this week, which may seem odd considering the typical biking season is winding down. But we’re talking about the Twin Cities, where a sizeable portion of the bike community rides 365 days of the year. Around these parts, all seasons are bike seasons.

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State Fair diaries: Day 1

The Fair began this year, as it usually does, with friends and breakfast at Salem. Rain and the promise of humid heat kept the crowds away. We spent the morning volunteering at Renewing the Countryside and the afternoon wandering the Fairgrounds searching for old favorites and new possibilities.

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First Friday at the Fair

Today is the first Friday of the Minnesota State Fair.

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Small acts matter

I received some flowers yesterday for no reason from a friend I met on this blog. I was touched and humbled by this small act of kindness and when I look at these flowers I am thinking of the people in Ferguson. I am thinking of James Foley and his family and all journalists risking their lives to tell the truest stories they can. I am thinking of every single victim of a senseless shooting. I am thinking of my little town struggling to find ways to make a dent in the mental health issues plaguing our young adults. I am thinking of so many parents who lose their children to suicide. And I am thinking of how the summer of 2014 became the summer of the ice bucket challenge for ALS. I am thinking of those who suffer from ALS, a debilitating and heartless disease that shows no mercy. I am hoping against hope that with every single bucket poured and every dollar raised, those afflicted and those who are caregivers can feel the love and compassion. It is truly amazing to watch the simple act of pouring water turn into a viral cause that has raised millions of dollars. It is a bouquet of humanity in a desert of so much sadness.

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TC Weekend | Beloved Community Celebration, Lola Art Crawl, Chipotle Cultivate, MN State Fair and more!

It’s hard to believe it's time for the Minnesota State Fair, but here we are. The Great Minnesota Get-together has begun, serving as a gentle reminder that summer is fleeting. Below you'll find a few engaging events around town to attend if you’re not quite ready to join the crowds at the State Fair.

Let us know how you will spend the weekend by sending your photos and comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic, and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or use the email address above.

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