I love a good bargain as much as anyone, and I count Thriftown, the flea market and Grocery Outlet as part of my perennial haunts. However, I just discovered that there are places where you can get even better bargains: liquidators. I actually came across this particular liquidator last year, they were selling children’s pajama sets for $2 (really! and I think they still are!) and a friend made a collection to buy a lot and donate them to a local charity. I decided to check out the place and was able to find some amazing, beautiful children’s winter coats for about $10 each (things that would sell for at least $60 at a department store). Mike was also able to find a travel wireless router (an older model, but a very good one that still sells for over $100) for $5. Needless to say, when we found out that this place had a warehouse sale again we had to check out. We walked out with a keyboard, a mouse and a wireless microphone (to get better audio during those community meetings) for pennies on the dollar.
The guy who runs this place is getting out of the liquidator business so everything is for sale, and he’s willing to bargain. They have clothing (for kids and adults), some very cute baby coats, lots of pajamas, framed prints, art (including some massive pieces), chairs, desks and lots of assorted electronics. They also have computers, Timbuktu bags, candles, lotion sets, etc. Basically, come here to treasure hunt.
The warehouse is located at 3018 Alvarado, Suite A, near a furniture store. From the outside it looks like an empty office. It has dark glass windows/doors and the only signage is a piece of paper. Knock on the side door, however, and they’ll open up for you. Their hours are 9 am to 5 pm and they should be there for the next 3 – 4 weeks.
If you remember to say you read about this on San Leandro Talk (or Facebook), they’ll give you a free mouse pad with a cute frog (pictured).
Update: I went back to the liquidator today because I was looking for some speakers for my laptop ($5). I took another look at the stuff they have, and I was amazed.
He has many signed, limited edition prints and even large paintings ranging from $50 to $1,000. These include framed, autographed jerseys from Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, as well as a framed photo from the cast of Goodfellas (autographed by the main actors/director), and signed prints from other movies (Shrek, the Aviator, etc.) A framed Michael jordan signed jersey is going for $2900 on e-bay, so these are incredible deals. He also has posters by Peter Max, who apparently is a big deal and a framed/signed Michael Jordan Wings poster for $800 (I found it online for $1500). You can see some pictures of these stuff below.
The Timbuk2 messenger bags are hand-made in San Francisco, and he has them for $15 to $40 depending on size. They retail for at least twice as much on sale.
He has full computer systems, including the monitor, for $150. He has a couple of Herman Miller Aeron chairs, which retail for $680 at Amazon.com for $300. Lots of cheap computer chairs for $20-30. He also has a lot of A’s jerseys and hats, but I didn’t ask the price. I’m sure they’re dirt cheap.
Also I found a lot of beautiful boxed candles and glass-bottled foam bath for a couple of dollars. These would be ideal as Christmas gifts. There are also some kitchen things and snow gloves.
Among the electronics ($5-10) I saw a lot of home security cameras, cordless phones, laptop chargers, calculators, headphones and stuff like that. He has quite a lot of Radio Shack things.
He’ll be open this Saturday from 10 AM on, and as they’re bringing in more inventory from the warehouse we may just stop again.
Pictures of some of the stuff available: