Don Smith holds up a bowling ball for sale at ReSale-2-U. They plan to put a price tag on it – but not before they go bowling and see what reaction they get. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

You’re looking for something cool and different, but not quite sure what.

Resale-2-U, a new store selling used items in south Keizer, might be your place.

$5 mattresses? Sure!

A $25 couch? Why not?

A chess set from the Civil War? Absolutely!

A bowling ball with a skull in it? … Huh?

Besides the thrill of a bargain, part of the kick of a thrift store is finding something you won’t get anywhere else.

“It’s kinda like treasure hunting, you know?” said Don Smith, who co-owns the new store along with his wife Donna. They own a medical transportation company and see plenty of clients in need.

“We carry around a lot of needy people … they don’t have clothes, sometimes their kids are sleeping on the floor,” Donna said.

The pair said they’re trying to keep their wares at about 50 percent of larger thrift stores in the area. Included in their current selection is furniture, clothes, electronics and all kinds of random items you never knew you wanted until you saw them.

“We have unique things we really promote ourselves on,” Donna said.

They’re also collecting items to give to needy folks in the area.
On some items they’re willing to negotiate prices, Donna said, and they’re keeping a list of wanted items from customers.

“If we come across it we’ll call or give them the first opportunity,” Donna said.

The Smiths got their current stock from going to storage auctions, garage sales and the like. They’re hoping to get donations, which can be exchanged for store credit.

Located at 3824 River Road N., they’re open Tuesday through Saturday.