The small town of Grangeville, Idaho sits on the Camas Prairie, nestled between the Snake and Salmon Rivers and against a mountain range that spreads to the Gospel/Hump and Frank Church Wilderness areas. This small community was once supported by the logging and farming industries. As mills have closed and the railroad has gone the way of the telegraph, it has had to adapt. For a town that once supported a JC Penneys and a Sears, they have had to turn to buying their goods from local businesses. As are many small towns across the nation, Grangeville is a “buy local” community without the need for posters, and t-shirts that promote the cause.
B and B Bargain and Pawn (or The Bargain Store) is where the locals can find many of their dry-goods. Here you can buy anything from used horse tack to flatware, chainsaws to dinette sets and every tool and household item in between. They also sell new and used appliances and furniture. As is the story of many small town “junk stores” their focus IS NOT on cleanliness. You will find layers of dust on everything on the outer walls of the store. It is also not a place to make friends. The owner Milt and his son Brian run the store. You can hear Brian’s voice boom through the concrete block building when he answers the phone, “Bargain Store”. They will answer your questions, just don’t ask too many. They will load things into your vehicle, just don’t try to help. They are not impressed by a sweet smile or a cute giggle and may ask you to leave if you walk in with dreadlocks and a puppy in your arms. Don’t talk to them about politics or ask them to turn-off fox news. These are small town people that don’t want you to tell them that having a syth on the floor is dangerous. You will likely hear them say, “Well, if you’re too stupid to watch where you’re going, you probably shouldn’t shop here.” But if you are looking for some great finds, this place is a gold mine. You just have to be willing to spend some time looking. They have some wonderful old crystal that is sitting in a display case collecting dust, cast-iron pans and dutch ovens, a 3’x2’ cast griddle and old Ball jars tinged with green and purple. There are stacks of records on the floor and tools strewn about a make-shift table at the front counter. You can find antique oak iceboxes, oak, crank telephones, lamps, oil lanterns and books from the past 100 years. Don’t forget to check the backroom. It is even more unorganized than the rest of the store, but there are still some fantastic finds. I found a beautiful headboard and an old wood-burning cookstove.
If you are looking for something specific, ask. If they don’t have it they can always ask Geof. He hangs out there all of the time and seems to have everything stored away in his multiple shops around town. If he doesn’t have it, he will find it.
As junk stores go, I really like this one. I spent a couple of hours in there just digging through piles and stacks, going through cupboards and boxes. They didn’t bug me or bother me and were fair and reasonable on most prices. Just remember that value is in the eye of the owner.
B and B Bargain is located just off of Main Street, behind the US Bank. Go in on a weekday to avoid Fred (grumpy old man that works every-other Saturday). They are open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Good luck and happy Thrift-Whoring!!!