If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, you know I love a good deal. I love getting great stuff for insane prices. I cannot remember the last time I paid full price for anything home decor related, ever. (Ok, well maybe with the exception of the boys’ nursery glider, but I was nesting pretty hard sooo…) My goal is pretty much always 50% off or more, which means even the normal 15-30% sales from the go-to’s like West Elm, RH, C&B don’t cut it in my book. Not even close. I’m talking paying $50 for a $500 light fixture. There’s really just one way to accomplish this—visiting furniture liquidation hot spots here in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. This requires some serious sleuthing on my end, because these set-ups don’t exactly advertise on a large scale. I’ve got several under my belt now, so I wanted to share them with you today.
One thing that’s important to note—these are not big, professional operations. These are entrepreneurs who want to get into the liquidation resale game. Expect messy boxes, small stores, inconsistent hours, constantly changing inventory, etc.—and that’s a good thing! The less overhead they pay, the more they’re able to pass that savings on to you. I did not include some of the bigger, more traditional discount operations like Bargains & Buyouts and BidFTA, but click on the links to go to my posts about those places.
Your Choice Wholesale (NKY)
3970 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076
What to Expect: Expect mostly furniture from online stores like Wayfair, Hayneedle, Overstock, Allmodern, etc. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this little outfit because a large majority of their inventory skews pretty trendy. Think industrial tables, molded plastic furniture, wicker, velvet modern sofas, sputnik-style lights, etc. Mostly furniture, but great lighting and building materials (vanities, countertops, sink basins, etc.)
Surprising Tidbit: Their price model is pretty unique. Prices decrease as products stick around in the store. Friday and Saturdays everything is $100, Sunday $75 and Monday $50. Smaller priced items are priced accordingly (meaning, not everything starts at $100). Store is only open Friday-Monday.
Open Box Guys, LLC (NKY)
1335 Donaldson Highway Suite 10a
41018 Erlanger, Kentucky
What to Expect: You can actually purchase entire pallets here fresh off the truck. Not sure of the prices, but my guess is you’ll get a few great things to get your money’s worth and lots of things to re-sell or donate. Skews less towards furniture and home decor. Lots of building materials.
Cincinnati Open Box Outlet
6252 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211
What To Expect: They just moved to a larger space and it’s clean and inviting. Inventory is a good mix of decor styles, with a fair amount of unique items.
Surprising Tidbit: You can browse through a lot of their inventory on their Facebook page, which takes a little bit of the guesswork out of your shopping trip.
7616 Production Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
What To Expect: Good mix of home decor, furniture and… everything else! Lots of appliances and building supplies.
11360 Princeton Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45246
What To Expect: This place has been around forever. Skews towards building supplies, especially flooring. On the other hand, I’ve found great cabinet hardware and a giant cowhide rug lol (for whatever reason, they seem to always have real cowhide rugs) in a single trip. Have a great outdoor furniture selection in the summer. Known for their rock bottom flower planter prices.
Cincinnati Pallet Liquidators
1250 Century Circle N
Cincinnati OH 45246
What To Expect: This one is another wild card, because it’s strictly whole pallet liquidation (meaning, you have to buy the entire pallet, not just one item), but I’m going to throw it in here anyways. I have not been to this one before, but the reviews are great and the Facebook group is nearly 3K members strong. (Hot tip—join the group to get the inside track on the hot deals.)
If I missed any, let me know! I’d love to include them here. Also, I would be remiss without reminding eager shoppers to not forget the likes of the Frontgate (Grandin Road, Ballard Designs) Outlet, Hayneedle Outlet and Restoration Hardware Outlet just north of the city.