4 Des Moines stores to find the best shopping deals

You don’t have to sift through bargains to find something good. Here in Des Moines, there are hidden shopping deals everywhere.

  • Below are some of our favorites, from designer bags to bikes.
Carries

This thrift store is more expensive than a Goodwill or Plato’s Closet, but what you get in return are carefully selected, high-quality parts.

  • There are many recognizable brands like Kate Spade, Lululemon and J.Crew. And you can find high-end designer bags like Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.
  • More: You can get an additional deal by shopping at both Worn stores on the same day.

Where to find it: 857 42nd St., Des Moines and 5515 Mills Civic Pkwy., Suite #160, West Des Moines or online.

Atomic Garage
The interior of the Atomic Garage at Valley Junction. Photo courtesy of Atomic Garage

Okay, what’s funny about this vintage clothing store is that they have a sign saying they have 50% off – but they’re always have a 50% off sale.

Now, retro clothing here isn’t everyone’s style, but if you have a Depop-obsessed high schooler or are looking for special, unique pieces, this is the place.

  • We found Boy Scout uniforms, letter jackets, 70s mod dresses and sick fur coats here.

Where to find it: 127 5th Street, West Des Moines.

Restore
ReStore Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers move a donated trainer to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Vineland, NJ on March 3, 2021. Photo: Adam Monacelli/The Daily Journal via Imagn Content Services

If you’re looking to change up your decor or need furniture to fill your space, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is the place to go.

  • There’s a bit of everything here – building materials, appliances, rugs and lamps.
  • This place is for bargain hunters who find joy in treasure hunting.

Where to find it: 2200 E Euclid Ave., Des Moines.

The Des Moines Bike Collective
Des Moines Bicycle Collective
The interior of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. Photo courtesy of the Street Collective

Spring fever is here and you probably want to get out and play. Before buying a bike at Target, stop by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective in the East Village.

  • The nonprofit, which is run by the Street Collective, refurbishes old bikes and sells them for much less than a new one at the bike shop.
  • And while some are more expensive or older than a new Walmart bike, the quality is better there.

More: You can find parts at low prices, including tires, lights, and pedals.

Where to find it: 506 E 6th St., Des Moines.

Wiley C. Thompson