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July 11, 2019

The Costs of Retail

While I was visiting a Warehouse Distribution Outlet it dawned on me that the discounts were based on removing the large section of distribution and marketing.

This warehouse outlet was selling product at below or at the cost to manufacture.

So then why is everything so expensive at the retail level? The quick answer is COST.

May 16, 2019

The Joy of Bargain Shopping

It isn’t just about saving money. For avid bargain hunters it’s also about beating the system and knowing you can ALWAYS find what you need for less without giving up on quality.

There’s a lot of comfort and power in that simple idea.

April 30, 2019

Open Open Open that BargainsLA Notice

I get a heck of a lot of email. I spend at a least an hour and sometimes 2 hours, on email every day. I use several different email addresses. A few addresses for consumer / BargainsLA information, one for general shopping and one vague address so I can research incognito.  So I already have a good idea ...

April 23, 2019

Slipping and a Sliding

We are so lucky to have original hardwood floors in our 1927 home. In excellent condition, I’ve ended up in charge of their care.

As a pet owner, I Swiffer as well as sweep and steam my floors pretty regularly.  I like a nice shine and walk around my home barefoot a lot, so debris free floors matter to me

March 14, 2019

Grey Market Know How

Describing what I do is complicated to non retail/ non manufacturer industry people.  Usually I say something like, “I research, post and promote Discount Outlets, Sample and Warehouse Sales.”

But when I am talking to someone in the industry, “I say I cover the direct to the public Grey Market sales and outlets.

November 29, 2018

Friends Who Pay Full Retail

I am often perplexed by people who ONLY pay retail, ONLY buy at Boutiques and Department Stores.

Believe it or not, I have had several friends who only pay retail. They live in the best neighborhoods and eat at the trendiest restaurants. These guys only buy brand new, latest and trendiest at top dollar.

October 30, 2018

Prepping for Thanksgiving

This year we may have a crowd of peeps at our Thanksgiving table. The last 8 years we’ve only had 6-8 people over. This year we are already upwards of 12 and some peeps have kids. I don’t have enough of anything! Not enough plates, flatware, serve ware, linens or chairs. We may rent plates & serve ware if the crowd is large.

September 19, 2018

Repairing & Refurbishing

The other day while pondering my chairs re-upholstery options, I wondered does anyone repair, recover or refurbish stuff anymore?

As I was cleaning out my closet this Summer, I wondered the same thing. 1/3 of my shoes are not repairable. Either they are so poorly made or they are plastic.  Most will end up in the landfill.

What a waste.

September 10, 2018

Tunnel Vision

When I know I want to buy something, I become a singularly focused shopper. I leave no stone unturned, doing thorough research on pricing, quality, manufacturers and availability. I literally hunt everywhere. I have saved money and made better choices this way.

August 29, 2018

September Shopping Musings

Back in the day, September shopping was all about Back to School. Now with the School year starting so early, it’s time to look into other shopping bargain jaunts.

September & October are brilliant months for…

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