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June 20, 2017

Always tell ‘em BargainsLA sent ya!

You can’t assume anything when you’re bargain shopping. If a product is discounted, there is a reason. I want to find out why.

When I research, I ask direct questions. How did the product get here? What year is it from? Who liquidated it? How can they sell it so cheaply?

May 23, 2017

A Vintage Kind of Mind

I have always shopped vintage stores. Whether they’re clothing boutiques, used furniture or appliance stores or collectibles and doo dads emporiums. For me, it’s about affordability as well as quality and design. But I got to admit, it’s more fun to shop vintage than regular stores. Always a lot of, “look a that” or “do you remember these?”

April 20, 2017

Wasteful Purchases

Too much of our lives are full of wasteful, disposable items that end up in landfills. We buy these items usually because they are financially cheaper than their counterparts. But the price we pay is bigger than we know

March 07, 2017

Fake Retail

Knowing what real retail is, is problematic. The truth is most items are initially priced higher than what they will actually sell for.

Suggested Retail Pricing, especially in apparel is not Market Retail, but a “suggested price”.  Most apparel doesn’t actually sell at the retail price but somewhat less. Items do sell at retail to be sure, but how many actually do at the original asking price?

February 21, 2017

The Thrifty Opportunist

Any good bargain shopper will pop into Thrift stores, Yard & Estate Sales and Flea Markets and the occasional dumpster dive. Not because “used” is always a bargain, it isn’t. But because sometimes you’ll find opportunistic steals.

Some of my best deals ever came from Thrifts.

February 01, 2017

Valentines Day is Coming!

The word here is thoughtful. Retailers want you to buy that piece of fine jewelry, those long stem Red Roses in a box, that delectable meal at an expensive restaurant.

Don’t get me wrong, those are all good things to do and you should do, if you have the financial ability.

However, some of us don’t.

January 09, 2017

DLM Off Price Closing

The New Year can sometimes bring depressing news, especially in retail.

Along with some of the major big retailers downsizing or disappearing, I got the news that DLM Off Price is closing

December 13, 2016

Retail Pricing

Retail pricing! OY! What a headache that is for shoppers to figure out.  As we have all seen, Retailers will hide, manipulate and deceive you.  With Macys, Khols, JC Penny and Sears finally getting sued for misleading comparison pricing. Here’s what we all need to know.

October 19, 2016

Disappointed

Maybe I shouldn’t be so hopeful. Or maybe it’s this seriously wacko election… or maybe I just thought the current laws in place would protect consumers. But I recently learned, for a fact that many well known Sample Sales sites ask their vendors to over inflate the retail price so the discounts look steeper. What a disappointment!

September 21, 2016

Antique Shopping

Well, we love antiques…. Maybe that’s considered “dated or “folksy” now. But there it is. My family has been lucky enough over the years to purchase or inherit some rather nice pieces. These have been handed down to us, allowing us to have and enjoy high quality furniture that has a history.

We’ve been rummaging thru ....

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