Bargains 4 U is a thrift store located in Rainsville. “Thrifty never looked so good” is their motto. They were the recipients of the 2021 Best of DeKalb Award for consignment shops.

Sandra Poe took over the business seven years ago, and it was previously known as Leapin’ Lizards. “I was an employee at Leapin’ Lizards,” said Poe. “So I was already very familiar with the store and our regular customers.”

When the business first opened as Leapin’ Lizards it was strictly a consignment shop, now the shop has both sales on consignment items as well as booth rentals. “We have shelves here in the store for booth renters,” said Poe. “Renters can bring other storage and display items if needed.” Poe has expanded the square footage and it now encompasses two store fronts.

Thrift stores are known for selling an array of items and Bargains 4 U lives up to that reputation. Household items from bed linens to home decor and homemade bath bombs to charcoal grills. There is something for everyone in the family, from jewelry to children’s toys.

Poe keeps customers updated on new items through Facebook. Poe said, “We constantly have new merchandise.” The shop offers both new and previously owned items. “We make sure the previously loved items are of good quality,” said Poe.

Most thrift stores offer extremely low prices compared to their retail counterparts. Any bargain hunter will testify to the fact that there’s no feeling that’s more rewarding than scoring an awesome secondhand jewel for a fraction of its original cost.

Additionally, supporting thrift stores supports the environment. It is estimated that 26 billion pounds of clothing go into our landfills each year. That’s not even mentioning all the home decor that goes into our landfills. Thrift stores are a recycling center for items that still have value.

Poe said she has a “blessing box” outside for people to leave donated items for those in need and she also has a dollar clothing rack.

The thrift shop is located at 285 McCurdy Ave. N. in Rainsville.

Hours Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone 256-638-9232

— Marla Ballard’s Spotlight on Business appears in the Times-Journal weekend edition.

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