The Community Thrift Store of Gurnee is not for everybody. If you are not into Garage Sales or Flea Markets, then this store is not "your cup of tea"!
If, on the other hand, you love a bargain and are willing to put up with chaos, then you'll feel right at home!
This is a store that takes people's used or new items (left overs from Garage or Estate Sales). They also receive new items from stores with excess inventory.
This is a HUGE store (it used to be an Appliance Store many years ago). Many Hispanics shop here so the clerks speak Spanish as well as English.
Clothing is NOT organized by size. It is organized by the type of clothing. For example, all the coats are together.
It's quite shocking the first time you go there because the prices are quite low for the quality.
Remember, some days there will be plenty of things you would like to buy; however, there are days when you cannot find anything worth buying.
What to buy: The store is divided into:
Jewelry (up at check-out counter)
Books (in the back of the store)
Records, tapes, CD's
Cosmetics (front counter)
Furniture (back of store on west side)
Housewares (west side of store)
small appliances (west side of store)
dishes and kitchen items (west side of store)
Up at the very front of the store, they place special items (mostly new ones)
If you happen to receive a receipt with RED STARS on the back, you will receive $5.00 off your next bill. (I received this just yesterday!)
Wednesdays are Senior Day for 25% off if you are 55+
They also give breaks to Military Personnel.
What to pay: Paperbacks range from 22 cent to $1.21
Toys from mere cents to a few dollars
Furniture from $3.00 to $200
Clothing from 44 cents to $50.00+
The Gurnee Antique Center is a huge 24,000 square feet building which houses top quality merchandise from an elite collection of 200 dealers.
The merchandise changes frequently because of the turnover of merchandise.
You are sure to find something that you find interesting and worth purchasing.
The Hours for Gurnee Antique Center:
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 12 noon -5 p.m.
Open Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.
What to buy: If you are looking for a grand antiquing experience, you will find it here. Only quality antiques are offered.
What to pay: The prices are about average for the quality of the pieces.
Gurnee Mills is one of the nation's largest "value-oriented" malls. It is a huge Discount Shopping Mall with more than 200 shops plus Two large Food Courts with more than 25 eating places. There are also four additional food restaurants!
There are 16 Anchor Stores including:
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
Bed Bath & Beyond
Burlington Coat Factory
JCPenney Outlet Store
Off 5TH Saks Fifth Avenue
The Sports Authority
VF Factory Outlet
The Mall also offers these Services:
Cancer Resource Center
Gurnee Mills has:
1. Shopper Information Center
4. Karry Karts
5. Public Telephones
6. Automated Teller Machine
7. Lost and Found
There is a 20 Screen Movie Theater
and an Ice Skating Rink
The Mall Hours are:
Holiday hours may vary
What to buy: You can shop for the following at Gurnee Mills
Jewelry (12 stores!)
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Toys & Hobbies
What to pay: All merchandise at the Gurnee Mills is discounted 20-75b
Gurnee Mills is a nice looking mall which has about 200 shops and 25 restaurants.
Beside shopping you can also watch a movie at Marcus theatre.
There are two food courts and all sorts of shops from electronics to clothing and department stores
What to buy: You name it they got it...
What to pay: Depends where you buy there are the more expensive brand shops but there is for instance also a Marshalls on site.