Friday, April 18, 2008

Surplus/Salvage Merchandise Stores

Kind reader and member of the Frugal Faithful, Sheila, sent me this great frugal hint by email:

One money saving idea I've not seen mentioned anywhere as of yet is checking out the "Surplus/salvage Merchandise" listings in your area. In Louisville, we have a Salvage Store (it has 3 locations) and I frequently shop there. You never know what you will find there. I often buy Starbucks coffee, name brand cereals, even hair dye and makeup. Some items there are date expired, so I am careful to check that out - however, most items are dented cereal boxes (or perhaps the top flap on the box has come unglued but the inner bag is intact). I do not buy dented cans - they scare me. Often a Pamper bag is slightly torn. Great deals on detergent, soaps, etc.

I realize all areas do not have these stores, but a quick check in the yellow pages might save you big bucks!

I don't have any personal experience with Surplus/Salvage Merchandise stores but I am really intrigued.

Is there anyone else out there that has experience with such stores? Please share via comment, and let us know how successful you are in finding good deals. If you'd like to add locations and names of stores, that would be fabulous!


Faerie Mom said...

My best advice is KNOW YOR PRICES! Sometime syou can get great deals and sometimes not so great. You need to know which is which. I usually will not buy anything out of date or dented (canned goods) but have had good luck with some packaged rices and drink mixes, etc. Dipaers I can usually get cheaper through CVS! LOL But, if you go in and check periodically you can get some great savings.