Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thrift O Rama Opens Friday the 13th!

Thrift-O-Rama Is a Perfect Fit Between DevilStrip Dolly's and The Bomb Shelter
by Brit Charek

If you haven't been out to The Bomb Shelter or DevilStrip Dolly's yet, this weekend might be the perfect opportunity. Not only can you check out two of the most unique shopping experiences in all of Northeast Ohio, but this weekend is the grand opening of a third store in this quirky building: Thrift-O-Rama, which will sell odds and ends at Goodwill prices.

(By the way, DevilStrip Dolly's, Akron's one and only "Anti-Gallery," keeping Akron weird by selling handmade "weird art and oddities," was just dubbed the Best Thing to Happen in Akron this year by Akron Life Magazine! But of course Akron Empire knew it first-- check out our post on them by clicking here!)

Thrift O Rama will be located right next to the Bomb Shelter, on Bank Street where Buchtel dead ends

Thrift-O-Rama is a spin-off of the Bomb Shelter, where they can sell smaller items that aren't quite worthy of the showroom but not quite worth the effort to sell online. It's kind of like they're adding a clearance section, which is great news being that their prices are already reasonable, especially considering the uniqueness of practically every item in the store. 
The Bomb Shelter sells everything you didn't know you needed!

The Bomb Shelter sells a variety of vintage kitschy goods, from furniture and cars to smaller items like kitchen accessories, telephones and radios. The staff (including the shop dog, a mutt resembling a terrier-beagle mix named Gravy) is really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Although it's a big warehouse so don't be shy about going up to the counter and ringing the bell to get someone's attention. 

Also in the same building is Rubber City Vintage Cycle, who restore, sell and repair vintage motorcycles and are just all around nice guys. You can learn more about them by clicking here and liking them on Facebook or by browsing their eBay store.

Vintage TVs, radios, luggage and anything else you need to make your home hip and unique!
For those of us who still have a landline...
After visiting The Bomb Shelter, I was extremely temped to buy a giant neon star (hey my three year old needs a night light!) as well as a row full of theater seats and an old fashioned bakers table with a butcher block-- It's probably a good thing I don't own a truck. I left with just a Ventures record but I'm excited to go back this weekend and see what I can score when Thrift-O-Rama opens. Who doesn't love a good bargain?

Thrift-O-Rama, located at 298 Bank Street Unit "B" opens tomorrow, Friday the 13th at 11am. They are open Friday and Saturday 11-8, Sunday 12-4, and Monday through Thursday 11-5. Make sure to visit DevilStrip Dolly's, Rubber City Vintage Cycle and The Bomb Shelter while you're there!

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