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Biz Beat: Get the thrill of the hunt at Bargains Galore

Sara Thompson

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune Lynn and Lynda Shaver are the owners of Bargains Galore: A Thrift Store and More, located on Tallac Avenue behind Rojo's.

The opening of Bargains Galore: A Thrift Store and More is a dream come true for Lynda Shaver.

“It’s been my dream my whole adult life,” said Shaver, now a first-time business owner.

On Saturday, Lynda and Lynn Shaver hosted the store’s grand opening, but they weren’t always business owners.

Lynda worked her last day as a document-imaging tech at Barton Memorial Hospital almost two weeks ago and now is dedicated to the store. Her husband, Lynn, still works at Barton as an X-ray CAT scan tech.

The Shavers started collecting inventory in April, which began to fill up their home and two storage units.

Lynda Shaver said she likes shopping at thrift stores because of all the treasures you can find without paying a lot.

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“I love finding bargains,” she said. “I get a high off it.”

There are plenty of deals to find at the thrift store, and they are easy to spot.

The Shavers organized the store to have an area for clothes, furniture, items for babies, toys, sports equipment, kitchenware and books.

But some items are not so easy to categorize.

“I have a doctor’s scale, but I don’t know where it should go,” Lynda Shaver said.

Not all of the profits will go back to the Shavers. They’re also donating to the Emily Clothier Memorial Fund. The fund was set up to help future development of junior ski racing in South Lake Tahoe and honors Emily Clothier, who died in a ski accident in March at age 14. Lynn Shaver works with Emily’s mother, Patti Clothier. The Shavers think it’s important to give back to the community.

Bargains Galore: A Thrift Store and More is at 972 B Tallac Ave., behind Taqueria Jalisco and Rojo’s, and next to NAPA Auto Parts. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. Call (530) 541-0444.

After 27 years at the same location, Hot Gossip Espresso Bar is not returning to the Ski Run Shopping Center after its remodel.

Owner Elizabeth Hallen, who has owned the shop for 1 1/2 years, said her lease was not renewed for the rebuilt shopping center that opened this summer. She wants to keep the coffee shop open and is looking for another location.

“I won’t forget anybody’s drink,” Hallen said.

Anyone with ideas on a new location is asked to e-mail Hallen at

Pro bowler Garret Rhett of San Ramon won a 2008 Pontiac Solstice valued at $26,000 in the Summer Solstice Giveaway at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

It’s the second in a series of three cars to be given away during the promotion. The third will be given away in the final drawing Sept. 13.

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