Thrift Store

Open every day except Monday  and Tuesday from noon until 5pm.

If you need a Computer, come see us at the The Free Geek Thrift Store

To contact the store, call (612) 293-7339 during our business hours Wednesday thru Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Or come visit us.

We are located 2537-25 Th av so Minneapolis, MN. but use the back door (across the alley from Memory Lanes Bowling Alley at 26th Ave S and E 26th St.)

We offer desktop computer systems, laptops (these are limited) and Apple computers (these are also limited) and many computer parts. We have a Wide range of desktop systems, priced from $25 and up. We accept Visa and MasterCard, as well as cash or checks. Many of the items donated to Free Geek still have some use left, and getting these items back into use is are goal.

Most systems come installed with the latest long-term support release of Xubuntu (currently 12.04).

Our minimum specifications are:
  • Processor: Single Core (Pentium 4- 2.0 GHz or faster, Athlon 64 3200+ or faster)
  • 512K of RAM
  • Hard drive: 40-80 GB
  • CD-RW
  • Sound
  • Video
  • Internet-ready
  • Software installed for word processing, using the internet, listening to music, and other activities
  • Comes with a keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

You can purchase a 15″ or 17″ flat screen monitor starting at $25.00

Or a CRT for $ FREE!
We cannot guarantee the availability of anything, but we will do our best to find what you need (or help you find a solution).

Warranty / Returns

>Customers are advised to research items and compatibility before purchasing. What we sell has no warranty, but we will do our best to make sure it is tested to work, and if a part fails we will do our best to replace it with a similar item (based on what we have on hand and Free Geeks staff judgment) We will exchange items within 30 days of purchase if they are defective, but not simply because they are incompatible with non-Linux operating systems.

We do not offer returns for cash or refunds under any circumstances.

This is subject to change.

Stop in and check out what we have.

18 Responses to “Thrift Store”

  1. Hi, Do you guy give away free laptop for volunteer.

    The second question is if you guy don’t give free laptop away can I buy it for a cheap prices

  2. No, we don’t give away free laptops – the computers that you can earn by volunteering in our adoption program are, at this time, exclusively desktop systems (for the simple reason that desktops are mainly what we receive as donations).

    You can, however, always buy low-cost laptops from our thrift store (though our supply of laptops is generally a bit limited), and volunteers can use their adoption credit toward purchase of a laptop, if they choose.

  3. Since our laptop inventory tends to vary widely, laptop prices tend to be pretty variable, too – our lowest-priced laptops tend to cost a bit more than our desktops (in the $60-80 range); depending on storage, performance, etc. prices go up from there.

  4. Bruce

    Could you please post your thrift hours up top. Thank you.

  5. ARTiFactor

    The hours are going to be easier to remember after today.
    The Thrift store is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from noon till 5.
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday

  6. Christopher

    Do you accept credit card payments for laptops or any other for sale items?

  7. ARTiFactor

    No, although we are considering getting the required equipment to do so. We have chosen not to have a business phone account until we get a positive cash flow again. Using the internet via a mobile device could work, and if its one time expense would allow easier purchase options allowing more sales, we may choose to get one in a few months.

  8. Do you have your own personalized email address for the twin cities if we need to send you a question?

  9. Is it possible to get a different operating system than Linux for the desktops?

  10. In a word: no – it’s part of our Free Geek Principles to install free, open-source software whenever possible; that’s why the PCs we sell run Linux.

    Once you purchase your PC, however, you’re perfectly welcome to install the operating system of your choice (including a non-free one) on them!

  11. Marilyn Matheny

    Do you take Mac computers? I have several, including an SE, a Centris, an old laptop, and a G4. Also lots of peripherals, cords, power cords, etc. Do you have a market for any of these?

  12. ARTiFactor

    Yes, we often find new users for unwanted Macs. If it has a CRT (picture tube) we ask for a donation because we have to pay for their proper disposal.

  13. Have you looked at Square ( They have no monthly fee, no merchant account needed and the equipment (essentially a magnetic tape head that plugs into your Android or IOS device) is free.

    I use it for the odd consulting jobs that I do. It’s easier than taking a check.

  14. Christa Landon

    FYI: Your Media page is broken. I thought you’d want to know.

    Otherwise, I’m thrilled to discover you and will keep you in mind whenever we have unused equipment. I’ll also pass the word.

    Are you at all interested in other office equipment and supplies?

  15. ARTiFactor

    Yes, we now can process credit cards using square and an iPhone!

  16. ARTiFactor

    Christa, thanks. The “MEDIA INFO” page is a place holder until we agree on new content. We are working on this and hopefully will have something by the end of Jan. 2013. We are limiting our recycle intake to “computer related” items, no desks, chairs, filing cabinets. We could use rubber bands, twist ties, copy paper, tape, sharpies, pens, etc., though.