GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There are thrift and consignment shops a plenty around the area, but then there is a beast of a store known as Secondhand Corners, 102 W. State Street, open 7 days a week.
How big is this place and what do they offer? How about three floors and a loft of items gathered from estate sales along with buying from people walking into the store.
Owners Richard and Karen Heath actually started it back in 1990 with only items from their home, but, boy, has it grown since then. The duo actually scours the countryside for treasures that are affordable so they can pass the deals on to you. As Karen put it, “Where else can you bring in a banjo and trade it for a lawn mower and trade a lawn mower for a diamond ring?”
And make sure you are up for bartering, they love to barter.
Stop by through Saturday, October 18, tell them that you are a Smart Shopper, and receive 20 percent off a single item, including diamonds, gold, and firearms.
Secondhand Corners thrives on keeping packing materials out of landfills so they are a drop-off center for packing peanuts, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, cardboard, etc.
Giving back to the community is also very important for this team. Every year, they give away coats and blankets, sometimes reaching into the hundreds, Karen said.
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 :30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.