There is a place where inflation does not exist. Would you believe discounts of 30-75% off? It’s true. I saw it myself yesterday. Job lot stores. Yes, job lot stores. I haven’t even heard that term for years.
I was not aware of job lot stores other than Big Lots. It seems it’s a generic term for a store that sells items leftover from other stores.
I went with my money-savvy daughter-in-law and she taught me a thing or two!
We were at the Ocean State Job Lot store in Massachusetts, but there are job lot stores by various names all over the US. I was amazed at the prices–almost as low as buying at places like GoodWill. Only the items are new.
There were brand names at deep discount. For example I bought a beautiful Coldwater Creek sweater for $15. They had 3 racks of Coldwater Creek items. I knew the quality was very good for that brand. See photo of my find. I love the colors!
There were oodles of fleece jackets for $10 in any color you’d want. No brand name on these, but they looked to be high quality. These are so nice to wear around the house in the winter to stay cozy. They are also great layering pieces for travel.
You can find nice gift items too. Here’s a vase I got for $10. I just loved the blue color and the person I’m giving it to will too I think.
It’s a good place to find stocking stuffers too. The Miss Piggy nail polish duo from OPI was just $7.
I picked up a cast iron tea pot that I had been wanting. (It’s actually pretty heavy to pick up–haha) It was $40 online, but here it was $20. It reminds me of a place we had tea on a recent trip. The tea was served in a pot almost exactly like this one, so it’s my “souvenir.”
My daughter-in-law found food items at good discount. She bought a container of nuts for $5 that costs $7 at her grocery store. Same brand, same size. You won’t find fresh produce here, but there were a lot of packaged food items, all brand names.
You won’t find fresh food items here, but there were a lot of packaged food items, all brand names. There was a huge section of holiday baking items, so you could definitely save some dollars there.
All odd lot stores just have what is available to them as surplus. So you can’t expect to find everything n your list. But you can find great bargains to stretch your dollars farther. I like it.
We didn’t stay in the store long, partly because my granddaughter needed her nap. Also we were getting bargain fever. It’s hard not to just want to buy many things because they are so cheap. Perhaps it’s best to stop in at the odd lot store in short visits to avoid going overboard!
Be sure to check out the return policy on things you buy there. This store did accept returns on certain items. But you only got store credit, not you money back.
You can sometimes sign up for their weekly ad to come to your email to be alerted to new deals.
My smart daughter-in-law belongs to a local moms’ group on Facebook. They often alert each other to good deals of interest to parents whether online or at local stores. They share what activities are available locally and what sicknesses are going around. What a great idea! If your area doesn’t have a parents group, it could be really smart to start one. It’s like creating a support community for yourself.