We were in no way compensated for this post about Needful Things. We just felt strongly in our adventures in shopping at this locally owned gem of a store, that we wanted to share it with anyone that would enjoy this type of shopping also.
We need to share our treasures from a most awesome thrift store that has brought us so much joy and many smiles every time we drive by or just think about it. With vintage items on the walls and the showcases full of treasures, it brings great memories from my past to life.
Everyone knows you can usually find good stuff for great prices at the Good Will and the Deseret Industries, but this store, my friends, if you are in the Salt Lake City area, is a GEM! The owner is Francis Cousineau. He has many rooms full of wonder to explore! Myself and my wife were floored by all he had in every nook and cranny. Even though he has everything under the sun, I want to tell you about his awesome selection of tools and car paraphernalia he has. The first time we found this store I found a micrometer in one of his glass cases. He pulled it out for me to inspect and when I inquired about the price he told me that he would come down on the price $20 because he keeps an eye on eBay and the micrometers like the one he had were going for the original price he told us but he would like to be more competitive so he gave us a better deal. He admitted he didn’t really know what a micrometer did but he knew mechanics use them.
We spent about 2 hours there that first visit. He has SO MANY TREASURES!! And it’s not just awesome vintage items, he also has new and modern decor and furniture, etc., but I digress. My story is about what I found here automotive and tool wisely. He has bins full of 1/4″ drive sockets. He was cool with me sitting on the floor and letting me dig and pick through all of them so I could find only the ones I needed. I also picked up some adapters, I really don’t think you can have too many of them. My wife found some vintage salt and pepper shakers and a flower towel holder and a vintage corded phone and some other items. He let us start a pile of items we were going to buy on one of his counters. When we finally got to the front of the store, he was excited to show me some massive tire mechanic and farmer wrenches ( spud wrenches ) he had just got in. He didn’t really know for sure, that’s why he wanted me to see them. We didn’t end up buying any of THOSE that time but we did come back a few weeks later to buy some of them.
When we came back the next trip I also found myself a set of vintage wheel covers from a ’65 Oldsmobile that was my first car that my parents bought at a yard sale in the mid-’80s for $50.00. The owner couldn’t get the car running because he couldn’t figure out the timing direction & firing order on it while doing a tune-up. My dad had a bit of a hard time also with it until one time he took the distributor cap off and he had me turn over the engine and it rotated backward, like Ford.
Francis is also good about keeping an eye out for a particular item that someone is looking for. Super nice guy and he’s got great stories! It is such a fun place to look through! You REALLY need to check this place out! Like them on Facebook.
4772 South State Street
Murray, UT, 84107
Mon-Sat 11 -6