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Who has heard of Ollie's Bargain Outlet?

Asked by reijinni (5321 points ) January 9th, 2014

I’m asking because one is coming to my town next month and since I’ve never heard of the store before, I just need to know what to expect.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

Lots of cheap stuff, clearance items, near expired items all jumbled in no particular order. If you have a touch of OCD you will have trouble walking around there.

Oooo!!! Pomegranate juice for 99 cents! And Halloween decorations for 90% off!

dxs's avatar

I’ve never been there. I looked at the website & Google images, and along with what @LuckyGuy said, it looks just like a spinoff of the late Building #19, a New England chain. Especially with all of the cartoons. But I bet Ollie wouldn’t’ve beat Jerry when it came to prices.
If it’s anything like Bldg #19, it’s rock-bottom quality compared to other stores but very cheap. Bldg #19 used to sell things like expired canned goods, water-stained shirts, ripped mattresses, and shoes for Sasquatch. But there’d always be a gem in there somewhere. I miss it. Rest in peace, Building #19.
The inside sort-of looks like a Big Lots. In that case, I’d say it’s one step up, quality-wise.

dxs's avatar

I’m beginning to think that Building #19 and Ollie’s Bargain outlet are related somehow. The inside of Ollie’s also has cheesy jokes for each department, and I just read the slogan and it’s the exact same as Bldg #19. For reference, this is Bldg #19’s website: http://building19.com/

elbanditoroso's avatar

@dxs I was at the Bldg #19 in Framingham, Mass. once. It was actually pretty cool – they had all sorts of crap that I didn’t need, but in copious quantities. It was more entertaining than useful.

dxs's avatar

@elbanditoroso Definitely. Half the fun was just going there to see all of the unusual things they might’ve been selling. And their self-deprecating humor about it was hilarious.
I had to edit this response to change it into the past tense :(.

DWW25921's avatar

Remember back when Big Lots was cool? That’s what Ollies is like now only it’s usually a little bigger.

1TubeGuru's avatar

I remember doing a piping job for BP oil in Mechanicsburg Pa in the early eighties.it is a small town and the original Ollies was on the main street in the town.. they have been in Maryland for over twenty years and I like to go in there from time to time because you just never know what they might have on the shelves.

Seek's avatar

Aww… they’re not in Florida. Boo.

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