Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bargain Hunting at Pier 1

Or, How I Bought $75 of Merchandise But Only Paid $2.47 in Cash

I like Pier 1 because they always have many things that I think are quite nice, seeing as I love Eastern/Middle Eastern decor, etc. However, overall, I think Pier 1 is overpriced, and sometimes the way they handle their merchandise (or display it) leaves something to be desired (for example, I found this beautiful frame, but it was just at the bottom of a shelf, and due to neglect it had some bad scratches and scuff marks, and, of course, it was the only one left).

So I've had this Pier 1 $25 gift card sitting in my purse for the longest time, and every once in awhile, over the course of time I would stop in and see if anything struck my fancy. Usually not enough to fancy me spending the card on it (or if I really liked something, it was quite out of my budget). But, yesterday I noticed that they were having a clearance sale -- mostly on their seasonal items, but, I figured, why not?

So, in Brian and I went, and out we came with these items. (Most were on clearance and some for ridiculous low prices -- as low as 98 cents. Yup!)

Technically the clock wasn't on sale, but it was a decent price and most everything else I could have spent the money on was . . . meh (plus, it made me think of Christine and her love of clocks). ^_^


You'd think that by January, anything Autumn or Halloween related would no longer be available, but Pier 1 still had a few things left, and these were the REAL bargain. Three small vases with mums, which are cute together or could be spread out as nice centerpieces down the middle of a table. And, we don't have any Autumn decor, so. . . .


To be honest, the last thing I need is more candles, but I had seen these on their Web site and thought they'd fit perfectly with the colors on our new comforter (and as a Christmas item, it was also on clearance).

And so, after everything was rung up, I handed the cashier the gift card and only had to pay $2.47. Already my candles are on display in the bedroom, my clock has been batteried and is on the mantle, and the vases await Autumn. All in all, not bed, eh? ^_-


Brian January 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM  

But does the time we spent wondering around Pier 1 looking at stuff count as a cost or a benefit?

Manda January 10, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

I agree with you about Pier 1; for the most part, I like a lot of their stuff, but I find it pricey. But we, too, sometimes wander in looking for bargains. In fact, we got our kitchen table there on clearance--it came from Italy! Regularly $600 but we got it for $100 because it was on clearance and was the display. Not bad!

Love, love, LOVE the items you found, btw!

Claudia January 10, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

Brian - Benefit, definitely a benefit...

Gabby - fabulous stuff, please, take me shopping with you!

christinerains January 11, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

Oooh, you're such a great bargain hunter! ^_^ I do love the look of that clock. I like old fashioned looking ones. The candles are pretty, too.

Charles Gramlich January 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM  

Lana and I got some bargains ourselves yesterday for our yard. Some really neat yard decorations from a local Garden spot that is having a sale.

jillyfae January 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

You know, I've had a Pier 1 gift card sitting in my purse for years, for much the same reason. You've inspired me to wander by our nearest store next week and see if I can track anything down.

stephsidestory January 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM  

There is nothing sweeter than buying moderately expensive items for dirt cheap. It feels so good. Nice shots!

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