While the snow may fly fast and furious here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes during the winter months, it's important to remember that you don't have to trade being stylish for warmth. With great deals, you can satisfy the need to look great while staving off frostbite. Not sure where to look? Check out this list of the best places to find discounted winter fashion and accessories in Minnesota to get started.
Joe's Sporting Goods
33 E. County Road B
St. Paul, MN 55117
www.joessportinggoods.comWhether you need a new pair of snow pants for skiing, warm gear for ice fishing or just the right pair of mittens to see you through all the shoveling ahead, Joe's is the local sporting goods store with the presence to compete with the big chain outfitters. Options for the whole family are available. Brands carried include Marmot, Filson and The North Face. Keep an eye out on the specials section, which is regularly updated and always in season.
1433 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
From fun new and used sweaters, to cable legwarmers for the ladies, Ragstock has a reputation for hipster sensibilities and budget-friendly prices. Whether you're looking for something vintage to spice up your winter look or for something a bit more modern, this Uptown staple is likely to have just what you need. If you don't live near Uptown, this local chain has several other locations in the Twin Cities metro area including area malls like Maplewood and Rosedale Center.
Mills Fleet Farm
5635 Hadley Ave. N.
Oakdale, MN 55128
www.fleetfarm.comWhile Mills Fleet Farm may not be the first place that springs to mind after the word "fashion," this retailer is actually a great place to pick up cute and functional snow boots at an affordable price. Brands include Tamarack, Ranger and Kamik. Or, if you need gear to get you through your favorite winter activities like ice fishing and snowmobiling, Fleet Farm has plenty of warm options to keep you free from frostbite. This local chain is known for its good prices and wide selection of name brands.
3406 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
June is one of those thrift stores that defies the expectation of the word "thrift." Regularly sought out by the fashionistas of the Twin Cities, as well as visiting film professionals, the store always has something new and exciting in store. Specializing in designer, high-end items, shopping at June always feels a bit like opening presents at Christmas. The shop also buys used designer items in excellent condition, so if you're looking to clean out your closet, consider bringing these items in. Recent inventory has included an Issa London sweater dress and Eugenia Kim hats.
Mall of America
367 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
www.alpacaconnection.comFor something special and extremely warm, consider checking out Alpaca Connection in the Mall of America. Featuring fair-trade items from Guatemala and Peru, Alpaca Connection supports the indigenous peoples of these Central and South American countries. Items for sale are hand-crafted and feature the distinctive styles of their homelands. Pick up a toasty sweater to get you through the winter months ahead or consider a pair of cozy alpaca slippers for a Christmas gift.
Sassy professional by day, men's style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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