Disclosure: Thank you to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet for partnering with Sarasota Moms Blog and sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
As moms, we love a great deal. But we love a STEAL even more.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. I was invited to shop their Friends and Family Pre-Sale this past Sunday night and I kid you not, some of the prices were so good, I literally felt like I was stealing the stuff.
And it’s not knock-off brands, scratch and dent items or manufacturer screw-ups either. It’s the real brands you know and trust at real bargain prices. Quite literally, it’s the closeout retailer Sarasota’s been waiting for.
What is Ollie’s?
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is one of America’s largest retailers of closeout merchandise and excessive inventory. Much of the merchandise comes from the finest manufacturers in the world. You’ll find name brands like Black and Decker, Sunbeam, Crock Pot, Bissel, Serta, Mattel, Disney, Huggies and more. And they sell it all for up to 70% off the fancy store prices.
How can they get away with this?
If a manufacturer makes too much of an item or changes their packaging, Ollie’s buys it all up. So a lot of what Ollie’s has could be last year’s colors, patterns or packaging that traditional retailers won’t sell. But the prices are so good, you won’t care one bit.
What will you find?
Toys – Board games, puzzles, action figures, cars and trucks, dolls, rattles, building blocks and educational toys. Brands like Mattel, Hasbro, Fisher Price, Playskool, and Melissa and Doug.
Housewares and home textiles – Pots and pans, can openers, spatulas, slow cookers, pressure cookers, air fryers, toasters, vacuums, cleaning supplies, food storage, lamps, end tables, bedding and bath items. Brands like Black and Decker, Sunbeam, Glad, Bissel, Rubbermaid and T-Fal.
Books, Stationary, and Crafts – Cookbooks, kids books, fiction, inspirational and religious, scrapbooking supplies, paint, scissors, glue and craft kits. Brands like Penguin, Random House, and Crayola.
Food – Shelf-stable items like canned goods, spices, snack foods, breakfast items, condiments, dressings, baking supplies, and candy. Brands like Campbell’s, Hunt’s, Libby’s and Pepperidge Farms.
Health and Beauty – Shampoo and conditioner, curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, hair brushes and accessories, deodorant, tampons, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Brands like Revlon, Dial, Conair, Johnson & Johnson, and Vidal Sassoon.
They also have baby and pet products (hello, $0.99 Huggies wipes!!), sporting goods, flooring, home improvement and hardware, electronics, clothing and luggage, lawn, garden and patio items, as well as holiday decorations and supplies.
Is there anything they don’t have?
You won’t find perishable foods like produce, or any food that’s found in the refrigerated or freezer section. Their supply is always changing, so if you see something you like, you should snag it. It probably won’t be there on your next visit.
What I filled my cart with:
(In parenthesis is “Their price,” which is what Ollie’s lists as each product’s original price in other stores.)
Marvel Avenger’s Incredible Hulk Action Figure – $9.99 (Their price $24.99)
This is a full size, 12″ action figure. Push the button on his stomach and Hulk either talks to you or you hear sound effects of the stuff he’s smashing. This will be a perfect Christmas present for my almost 4-year-old son.
Marvel Iron Man Action Figure – $7.99 (Their price $24.99)
Hulk couldn’t be lonely, so I bought him a friend. And at these prices, why not? I got two action figures for less than the price of one. Push the button on his chest and it lights up and he talks to you. Another Christmas win.
Smithsonian Dinosaur Jumbo Floor Puzzle – $5.99 (Their price $14.95)
My son also loves dinosaurs and has gotten into puzzles recently. This one has realistic depictions of all his favorites with their names next to each one.
Curious George Hooray for Halloween Book – $1.99 (Their price $9.99)
I know Halloween is over (probably why this book is so deeply discounted), but Logan still wants to read about ghosts, goblins and other spooky things that go bump in the night. Plus, Curious George is one of his favorites. He’ll love this.
Better Homes and Gardens Make Ahead Meals Cookbook – $3.99 (Their price $19.99)
I’m always looking for meals that I can prep ahead of time and leave for our babysitter when she’s watching the kids. This will come in handy!
Fast Meals From Scratch Cookbook – $3.99 (Their price $19.99)
Eating healthy requires lots of prep time. Time I usually don’t have during the week. I’m hoping this book will help make it easier for me.
Makeup Remover Wipes x 2 – $1.99 (Their price $4.99)
These things are so expensive and I go through them so quick! It was great to see a name brand option that was fragrance-free and removes even waterproof mascara. Get. In. My. Cart.
Color Revitalize Conditioner – $3.79 (Their price $5.99)
This formula is perfect for my color treated hair. And I was out of conditioner. So this was a no-brainer.
Blistex Fruit Smoothies – $2.59 (Their price $3.99)
The Florida heat just wrecks my lips. It was great to see this 3-pack of lip balm with SPF 15 that comes in yummy flavors like Berry Explosion, Triple Tropical, and Melon Medley.
My grand total before tax: $44.30
If I had bought from “their” place: $129.87
That’s a total savings of $85.57 or 65% off that I received on my purchase. That made me a believer.
5 Reasons You’ll Love Ollie’s Too:
- You can stock up and save on basics for your household without having to buy into a yearly membership.
- You can get fantastic deals without having to waste time clipping coupons, or driving to 5 different stores to get the best prices.
- You can get birthday gifts for all your kid’s friends’ parties at a third of the price you’ll find in other stores. If it seems like you’re going to 2 parties a month, like me, those savings will really add up.
- You can buy holiday presents for your whole family NOW at amazing prices without having to fight the crowds during Black Friday, or wake up at the crack of dawn to grab lightning deals on Cyber Monday.
- They offer a “30 Day, No Hard Time Guarantee.” If for any reason you’re not happy with your purchase, bring the item back in its original condition along with your receipt and they’ll issue you a full refund.
Sarasota Grand Opening Information
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will celebrate its grand opening in Sarasota on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. It is located at 4092 Cattleman Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 in the Centergate Plaza in the old Sports Authority.
NASCAR Superstar Kasey Kahne will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., 250 tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis for a meet-and-greet with Kahne. At 10:00 a.m., ticket holders will be able to meet and have their photo taken with Kahne, as well as have him autograph one piece of their own memorabilia. Tickets are limited to 1 per customer.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Sarasota – Opens 11/08/17 at 9:00 a.m.
4092 Cattleman Road
Sarasota FL 34233