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Big Lots stores offer a variety of savings

July 13, 2009 10:09:47 AM PDT
Shoppers at Big Lots are enthusiastic about the bargains they find here... Though they never quite know what those bargains will be.

"I shop here every single day," says Stephanie Woodward of Conshohocken, Pa. "I really do."

Big Lots stores sell everything from lamps to furniture, from curtains to small appliances, from socks and underwear to landscaping items and toys.

They even sell food and toiletries, all at 20% to 40% percent less than discount chains like Target and Kmart and up to 70% less than department stores.

District Manager Gene Eggleston explains, "We buy a lot of merchandise from companies that have overruns... and we move that merchandise out."

The day we visited Big Lots' Norristown store, we found $150 lamps for $45 , a Broyhill hutch that was originally $1,125 priced at $338, and a 10-foot by 12-foot gazebo for $300.

In the food aisle, we found large 16-ounce cans of Campbell's soup for $1.25 and Arizona iced teas for $.75. In toiletries, VO5 shampoo and conditioner were $.96 a bottle.

The stores stock some 1,000 core items at all times, but the best deals are on items the managers aren't even expecting until the stock trucks roll up and unload.

To find a Big Lots store near you and see what merchandise they currently have on sale, click here. You can also join the chain's "Buzz Club" to get advance notice of sales and special buys.

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