The Wise Penny

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I enjoy shopping at this store because it's clean, well-organized and you can find some brand name clothes; new boutique items, especially in the housewares section; and vintage items. The regular prices are kinda high, but when they have sales, you can really score. Just be prepared to enter the snobby zone when you shop there. The cashiers, who I believe are employees, not volunteers, are the only ones who are friendly. The other ladies, who appear to be Junior League volunteers, either gossip about each other loudly; whoosh around the store ignoring customers; or talk loudly about where to get lunch or coffee. Believe me, I normally wouldn't care about any of this, but it just baffles me that these ladies are supposed to be committed to volunteerism and helping the community and yet not one has ever made eye contact with me, said "hi" or smiled. And I would consider myself a regular customer. The last time I was in the store, they were organizing their "Trinkets" event and overheard volunteers bad-mouthing each other--one even commented how she disliked the event, "there's so much bitchiness involved". I hear you, sister. One of them got upset because I tried to buy something in the housewares section. She said "You can't buy that! It's part of our special sale event. If you want it, you can buy a ticket for $10 and come tonight and shop." Uh, no thank you. But I will keep shopping here because I think the ladies donate their designer wardrobes and yes, I will pay $10 for your $300 dress...

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I enjoy shopping at this store because it's clean, well-organized and you can find some brand name clothes; new boutique items, especially in the housewares section; and vintage items. The regular prices are kinda high, but when they have sales, you can really score. Just be prepared to enter the snobby zone when you shop there. The cashiers, who I believe are employees, not volunteers, are the only ones who are friendly. The other ladies, who appear to be Junior League volunteers, either gossip about each other loudly; whoosh around the store ignoring customers; or talk loudly about where to get lunch or coffee. Believe me, I normally wouldn't care about any of this, but it just baffles me that these ladies are supposed to be committed to volunteerism and helping the community and yet not one has ever made eye contact with me, said "hi" or smiled. And I would consider myself a regular customer. The last time I was in the store, they were organizing their "Trinkets" event and overheard volunteers bad-mouthing each other--one even commented how she disliked the event, "there's so much bitchiness involved". I hear you, sister. One of them got upset because I tried to buy something in the housewares section. She said "You can't buy that! It's part of our special sale event. If you want it, you can buy a ticket for $10 and come tonight and shop." Uh, no thank you. But I will keep shopping here because I think the ladies donate their designer wardrobes and yes, I will pay $10 for your $300 dress...

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Overall, a very cool little shop. They sell items from some Hampden boutiques as well as vintage items.. most of which I noted were damaged, though. But, still, (in the case of the boutique items) you're getting something brand new for half its original price. I ended up finding a few dresses and a scarf. My only complaint was the staff. I'm in my early twenty and, I guess, there aren't too many people my age that come into The Wise Penny? I was treated as though I had the plague.. no one seemed to want me around and it really made me not want to drop the $60 I did. When I went in the fitting room, some employee knocked on the door at one point and said, "Put your things back where you got them when you're done," and promptly walked away. When I went to pay for my items, the woman at the counter glared at me and walked away to help an elderly woman. I had to remind myself that they were probably volunteers and that the proceeds ultimately go to a cause. Despite the employees, this a great place worth visiting.

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Overall, a very cool little shop. They sell items from some Hampden boutiques as well as vintage items.. most of which I noted were damaged, though. But, still, (in the case of the boutique items) you're getting something brand new for half its original price. I ended up finding a few dresses and a scarf. My only complaint was the staff. I'm in my early twenty and, I guess, there aren't too many people my age that come into The Wise Penny? I was treated as though I had the plague.. no one seemed to want me around and it really made me not want to drop the $60 I did. When I went in the fitting room, some employee knocked on the door at one point and said, "Put your things back where you got them when you're done," and promptly walked away. When I went to pay for my items, the woman at the counter glared at me and walked away to help an elderly woman. I had to remind myself that they were probably volunteers and that the proceeds ultimately go to a cause. Despite the employees, this a great place worth visiting.

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I have bought many fabulous clothes at this store--some brand new, some gently used, but all at amazingly low prices. The new store location at 5902 York Rd. is beautiful! You can feel good shopping here because in addition to getting great deals, you know that you??re supporting the Junior League of Baltimore. They even have an internship program in the store that teaches women job skills and helps them prepare for long-term employment.

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I have bought many fabulous clothes at this store--some brand new, some gently used, but all at amazingly low prices. The new store location at 5902 York Rd. is beautiful! You can feel good shopping here because in addition to getting great deals, you know that you??re supporting the Junior League of Baltimore. They even have an internship program in the store that teaches women job skills and helps them prepare for long-term employment.

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Great deals, low prices! Some deals that this place has with local boutiques has resulted in an inventory upgrade for the Wise Penny. I got some amazing deals on designer clothes with the tags still on! Helpful and kind salesforce is nice too.

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Great deals, low prices! Some deals that this place has with local boutiques has resulted in an inventory upgrade for the Wise Penny. I got some amazing deals on designer clothes with the tags still on! Helpful and kind salesforce is nice too.

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We donate all of our stuff to the Wise Penny and always end up buy something while we are there. You definitely have to take some time to look around but it is worth it because there are some really high end items there.

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We donate all of our stuff to the Wise Penny and always end up buy something while we are there. You definitely have to take some time to look around but it is worth it because there are some really high end items there.

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This profits of this thrift store benefit the mission of the Junior League of Baltimore so everything you donate or buy helps the support the community of Baltimore.The store is currently operating at a temporary space across the street from the Senator theater while the old store gets a much needed face-lift. I have seen the drawings for the new store - the Junior League has them posted on their website www.jlbalt.org and it looks fabulous! Congratulations JLB!

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This profits of this thrift store benefit the mission of the Junior League of Baltimore so everything you donate or buy helps the support the community of Baltimore.The store is currently operating at a temporary space across the street from the Senator theater while the old store gets a much needed face-lift. I have seen the drawings for the new store - the Junior League has them posted on their website www.jlbalt.org and it looks fabulous! Congratulations JLB!

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I love The Wise Penny! Not only can you find exactly what you are looking for but, the merchandise is always changing! Plus, you know the profits go back into the Junior League to pay for the community projects. It's a great store!

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I love The Wise Penny! Not only can you find exactly what you are looking for but, the merchandise is always changing! Plus, you know the profits go back into the Junior League to pay for the community projects. It's a great store!

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The Wise Penny is a medium sized thrift shop that carries mostly clothing but also some housewares and books and toys. They have a toy sale every year (I think they save up donations) before Christmas that is very popular. The ladies are very nice. You can find some great bargains on quality clothing if you visit often and search the racks carefully. Also a great place for costume elements.

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The Wise Penny is a medium sized thrift shop that carries mostly clothing but also some housewares and books and toys. They have a toy sale every year (I think they save up donations) before Christmas that is very popular. The ladies are very nice. You can find some great bargains on quality clothing if you visit often and search the racks carefully. Also a great place for costume elements.

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The Junior League of Baltimore runs this thrift shop, I believe. They've been here forever and it's always fun to see what turnsn up. Good place for costume elements, basic clothing, some stylish stuff if you luck out, and kids toys and books. There are some upscale neighborhoods nearby so they do get some nice donations. Stop in often to increase your chances of finding a treasure.

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The Junior League of Baltimore runs this thrift shop, I believe. They've been here forever and it's always fun to see what turnsn up. Good place for costume elements, basic clothing, some stylish stuff if you luck out, and kids toys and books. There are some upscale neighborhoods nearby so they do get some nice donations. Stop in often to increase your chances of finding a treasure.

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