Finding the right toys to stuff a stocking is hard enough, and the task becomes even more complicated when shoppers are seeking chimney-worthy gifts at a reasonable price. Enter Chuck Kringle’s Christmas pop-up shop – an expansion of Five Buck Chuck, which focuses on providing quality products at a price that’s affordable.
Located at 100 W. Main St. in the former Rainbow Fabrics location, Chuck Kringle’s is described as “Stocking Stuffer Central,” making Turlock its temporary home from now until Christmas Eve Day. According to Chuck Powell, president of Five Buck Chuck, the concept of a $5 store fits right into Turlock’s retail taste.
“We wanted to bring a store like this to Turlock because the economy here is right for it,” said Powell. “There are a lot of working class families who appreciate a good deal.”
From stuffed teddy bears and fidget spinners to perfumes and sunglasses, Chuck Kringle’s is a one-stop gift shop for all holiday shoppers, no matter the age of the gift recipient. All items in the store are $5 or less, and most goods can be purchased in bundles, like three pairs of sunglasses for $5, or six pieces of jewelry for, you guessed it, five bucks.
The deals available at the store are a no-brainer, said Powell.
“People don’t have to think too much about spending $5,” he said. “Stocking stuffers for $10, or $15…that’s when you start to scratch your head a bit.”
Not only does Chuck Kringle’s plan on giving the community an inexpensive option when it comes to holiday shopping, but the store also wants to give back to Turlock. The program Brock’s Socks was started by Powell’s son to help ensure the city’s less fortunate stay warm this winter, with every $5 donated going towards six pairs of socks for the homeless.
Turlock resident Veronica Sandoval was shopping at Chuck Kringle’s on Friday afternoon, and said she loved the idea of an affordable shop downtown – especially during the holidays.
“This is awesome,” she said. “A lot of people can’t afford to shop other places, so it’s great. I’ll be buying my presents and stocking stuffers here.”
Chuck Kringle’s Christmas pop-up store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.