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May 25, 2014 11:40 AM

"odd lot" stores??

When I worked in PA, had an "Ollies" along the way. Gambled on a few thing with few disappointments. Extra V olive oil (labelled Italy/Spain) and not a mix of oils... a few FABULOUS and a few just so-so but not BAD. Most "brands" had a website and prices I paid were GOOD compared to online sales.

At Big Lots last week, bought a quart of pure maple syrup for $13. Check-out girl wondered WHO would pay that much for syrup... probably someone who has never had anything other than Log Cabin or Mrs. B's?? From manufacturer's web site, found out it cost about TWICE that amount to buy onliine.

Have a REALLY ODD lot store that I get to on occasion. Ya never know WHAT you're gonna find. One time found BAGS of Frank's hot sauce... maybe restaurants buy this way?? Date on packaging was fine and that stuff last pretty much forever anyway. Some kinda "injection" glaze/syrup stuff that was interesting.

Do ya go to odd lot or off brand places to shop? And what FINDS have ya found?

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  1. Hi, kseiverd:

    We have one here called Grocery Outlet. I actually buy a lot of things there, including wine, staples, and some produce. The receipt you're handed shows a total dollar saving over retail, and it never ceases to amaze me how much money I was wasting in the hoity-toity stores.

    Another one I use is called Cash & Carry; it caters mostly to restos ad fishing boats--really good prices there, too. Great bulk meat prices.


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    1. re: kaleokahu

      There's a regular Grocery Outlet thread on the San Francisco board. Wines get the most mention.

    2. I love Big Lots! I just like to wander around and see what's new. They have an interesting international section. I find good prices on snacks for my boys to take to school.

      1. Just got home from Ocean State Job Lot, a Rhode Island base chain that has spread throughout New England over the past 20+ years.

        In the food section I bought 3.4 lb glass jars of all natural no sugar added apple sauce for $2.25. dated out to late 2015. We always buy our crackers there or at Dollar Tree. Great imported selection at low prices. About 50% of supermarket price. This is also where Mrs B buys EVOO, dried fruit, bagged nuts and cheap jarred spices.
        Today all Spice Supreme spices were 88 cents each. I needed caraway seeds to make hot dog goulash. In our area supermarkets they only sell McCormick brand caraway seeds in a jar half the size for $5.39.

        As for quarts of pure maple syrup>>>Costco is $12,99, Ocean State is $14.99, but puts it on sale fro $12.99 near holidays. From June 5-11 Ocean state will give all seniors 62 and older 25% off on all items. We'll be stocking on on both non perishables and non foods such as garbage bags, dog beds (our youngest eats 2 per month) swimming pool chemicals, etc.

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        1. re: bagelman01

          Love love love OSJL! I regularly buy my fave plastic wrap (stretchtite) there for $1.99, Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt for $1.50, Bobs Red Mill Oats for $2ish, plus they have great English/Irish products -great teas, biscuits and crackers. I think they have a special relationship with Polar as I can often find the hard-to-find flavor so there for dirt cheap.

          1. re: foodieX2

            I do find a few good things at OSJL. My latest find was a jar of red cabbage with apple--good hot or cold. But I have had poor experiences with their cookies and Indian mixes.
            Just bought some cheap plant stakes at 1$ each today.
            Dollar Stores also have a few worthwhile products.

          2. re: bagelman01

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            1. re: bagelman01

              Ocean State rocks. I have bought fantastic organic, unfiltered, EVOO from Italy for $5.99 a liter. They also have all the Bob's Red Mill products cheap.

              I was just there yesterday, and I found this wonderful Pomegranite and Sour Cherry juice for $1.99 a liter bottle. They also had DOP San Marzano whole canned tomatoes from Italy for $2.99 a 28oz can. I love going in there to see what goodies I can find.

            2. We have a locally owned store that sells food that is near, or past, the 'best by' date. Sometimes there are fresh mushrooms 2/$1 that are just as good as at a regular supermarket. There are a lot of frozen, refrigerated, and other produce, besides the grocery items. I usually stop in there at least once a week.

              1. We go to Big Lots every couple of months. I've found some great mustards there, cereal at good prices, I bought out all their Pom tomato sauce (at two stores) once for $1 each.
                Sometimes I find good jarred sauerkraut cheap, or dried fruit. When my son was in college, I'd pick up granola bars and brownie or cookie mixes for him there.