Bargain hunters who enjoy visiting thrift stores are invited to board the Mystery Resale Shopping Bus for the ultimate planned bargain shopping experience. Beginning in December, the tours will be scheduled monthly.

Organizer Patti Clark recently moved her office to Venice. She arranges for happy thrifters to spend 45 minutes at each stop and only reveals the stores stop-by-stop, making the mystery even more fun. Participants wear a plastic wrist band indicating to merchants they are happy thrifters enabling staff and volunteers to ensure they get the special discounts.

Tours on the luxury air-conditioned tour bus are $60, which includes a catered lunch, door prizes, swag bags, contests, laughs, friendships and added big discounts at each stop.

Clark works with merchants to make sure they have extra help on the days the tours are scheduled.

The merchants will offer beverages, goodies, gifts, contests for thrifters during the 45-minute spending frenzy.

Last year more than 360 happy thrifters visited 36 stops from Sarasota, Venice, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers and Naples. Scheduled tours start from Venice/Englewood, Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.

For more information, call 816-352-0975.

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