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CSB/SJU students flock to Savers


Ben Lahren, Zack Zimmer, and Matt Hajostek

SJU first-years Ben Lahren, Zach Zimmer and Matt Hajostek shopping for dress shirts at the Savers in St. Cloud. Savers provide a variety of used items including clothes, furniture and appliances and is constantly replenishing stock with new merchandise. | Cody Drolc

The days are getting shorter, darker, colder and closer to finals. The November season is upon us, and once in a while we just need a little retail therapy to brighten our spirits. But where can one find the perfect ugly sweater or sweet bomber jacket, some classic movies or cowboy boots at a nice college-friendly cost? If price is ever a concern, Savers is the place to look.

Whether you’re a first-year or a super senior, a “trip to Savers” is a phrase commonly heard on the CSB/SJU campuses by Bennies and Johnnies alike. Students do not just go to Savers for the savings. They shop there because of the immense selection and quality. Along with a large variety of men, women and children’s clothing, Savers is home to hundreds of hip current looks, authentic vintage finds, housewares, collectibles, furniture and much more.

Bennies and Johnnies have been frequenting the store the last couple months searching for everything from cold weather clothes to Halloween costumes and even pet supplies.

“Savers had the perfect rocks and decorations for our new fish tank, and they were dirt cheap, too,” said Val Kloeckl, a sophomore at CSB.

Why shop at Savers, one might ask? First, all CSB/SJU students should be aware that they can receive 20 percent off their purchases every Thursday simply by showing a student ID. Along with the huge savings, Savers strives to set itself apart from other thrift stores. Their website contains a “Fall Fashion Trends 2012″ page, where they list certain trends and colors that are big for each season. A trip to Savers does not just mean scouring the racks hoping to stumble across an occasional gem. Savers has options and a lot of them. Many could attest that one rarely leaves empty-handed.

If nothing else, here are three reasons one should give Savers a try.

1) No two shopping trips will ever be the same. Thousands of items are dropped off daily by non-profit alliances, assuring customers a unique treasure hunt every time they enter a Savers store.

2) The 20 percent off deal on Thursday. They’re discounting discounted items. What’s not to like?

3) Savers is good for the globe. In the last year, their recycling program prevented 500 million pounds of merchandise from ending up in landfills.

The St. Cloud Savers is located just off Division Street, across the street from Bravo Burritos.