Monday, July 7, 2014

It’s sad to see stores close

The Family Dollar store near our house has finally closed, after gutting it out for a couple of years after the less than modern grocery store next door was driven out of business by the shiny new supermarket down the road.

Like the grocery store, Family Dollar was small, but was usually my first stop for non-grocery items when I didn’t feel like driving to Wal-Mart in the big city. The store’s death march culminated on Sunday, when everything left, such as it was, was marked at 80 percent off.
Ella took advantage of Family Dollar's
going out of business sale

Obviously, such a deep discount attracted all manner of bargain hunters, including Ella and myself.  We spent in excess of $100 on toys, DVDs, cookies, and assorted odds and ends.  Some items will be sold, some items will be gifted, and, of course, the cookies will be eaten. 

While we benefited from the closure in the short term, our small windfall is tempered by the thought of employees losing their jobs, a shopping center now sitting totally vacant, and the city losing tax revenue.

Otherwise, the holiday weekend was pretty much unremarkable, thrifting-wise. I listed on Friday; went to a few yard sales on Saturday morning, and to a fairly worthless auction on Saturday night; and massaged our antique mall booth on Sunday.  In between, I got to sleep later on a couple of mornings; I took Ella to Logan’s Roadhouse for dinner (she had a coupon); and we (me, Ella, and her brother, Jimmy) went bike riding on three thrifted bikes (Jimmy’s three-wheeler and my vintage Schwinn from the auction, and Ella’s 21-speed from the benefit sale last week).

Sales continue to be slow across all venues.  I did sell a fitness medal, which goes to show that if you can’t actually win one, you can at least buy one on Ebay.

Buying your way to physical fitness
With the holiday behind us, it’s time to get back to work.  Have a good week everyone.


  1. "...of course, the cookies will be eaten." Heh heh. Of course! lol. So nice to see Ella in your posts.
    That's sad about the store closing. We had a thrift store in town run by a sister. She was a tough negotiator, but I got a few really good items there. She liquidated the place 6 months ago and retired. I miss going there.

  2. Sorry to hear about the store closing. We live in a very small town, and we feel fortunate to have a local grocery store. They are not cheap. Obviously, they can't compete price-wise with the big chains. Feeding a family of five, I can't afford to buy everything there, but I do purchase our meat there and other odds and ends that we may need in between big grocery runs. It's so important to support and buy local when we can.

    1. Very true about buying local, although I have labeled the local supermarket as the "Damn It" store, as in "Damn it, I forgot the milk," and now have to pay more for it at the local store.