I'm gonna sound like an info-mercial but bear with me :)
Last Sunday's Raleigh, NC News and Observer had a full page ad for a new store in Cary. Ollie's Bargain Outlet. Never heard of it before. Normally, Bill and I would avoid Cary for many, many reasons. But this place looked like our kind of store. I checked 'em out online http://www.olliesbargainoutlet.com/whoWeAre/history/history.aspx
(Be sure to have the sound on cause the tabs have sound effects - sort of funny the first couple of times.)
On Wednesday, Bill and I headed over there. It was Grand Opening Day. The place was jam packed but everyone was really polite. Probably because they were finding such bargains!
It's like a Big Lots but with (I think) deeper discounts. Lots and lots and lots of books! A few DVDs. A big carpet section, some tile, some wood flooring, tools, foods.
Membership is free and I be'lee you rack up points or somethin.
Here's what we scored:
3 aluminum pie plates .99
Stanley book on Wiring 3.99 (list price 19.99)
Philly cream cheese cookbook with stand 4.99 (list price 17.99)
2 oval/steak plates by Oneida 1.99 each
box of vinyl squares 8.99 (gonna attempt a bathroom floor re-do)
Suet block for birds .99 (typical price but we were there)
Foster Grant reading glasses 2.99 (I have 7 pair in many colors purchased for $1 each at Targhet but these are FG and soooo cool!!!!)
A small fat Pink Panther notebook .69 (I use these little notebooks to keep running lists - helpless with out em)
3 pack of GE compact flourescent bulbs 4.99
4 skeins of Lion Brand Suede yarn 1.99 each (retail is 7.99 They had a whole bunch of Lion Brand close out yarn. Nice colors too)
Keifer Sutherland movie that may suck but it was 2.99 (Small, small movie collection but at 2.99 I can watch it and then trade it on Swaptree.com Another place you should check out!)
35 oz tub of redskin peanuts 4.79
2 boxes of Kix (36 oz total) 3.89 (running about 3.50 -4.50 a box in the grocery stores)
So, there you have it.
Searching through this type of store is an adventure. We have found that if you have a running list of "wants/needs" (here's where the fat, little notebook comes in handy!) you can go up and down every aisle and find a bargain on your list. One would probably be frustrated if you go with a specifics list as the stock is ever changing.