Stops Around Town

 


This new store, Falling Prices, just opened up. Every day, the merchandise is offered at a different price. Last Friday, we drove by and the parking lot was full. We decided not to go in.

I do want to check it out just for FYI

Do you have these in your area?








There is also a similar store called Bargain Bins. 


Seems to be the new thing. 







It seems like they offer a variety of items, with prices starting at $12 and reducing as items remain unsold.







Arrive when the doors open in the morning for the best experience.
Sometimes there are long lines before the doors open. 







Need an affordable chair? Some items are Amazon returns.


I wish I needed something...



IN OTHER NEWS






Red Lobster closed down without informing any of the employees. When they arrived for work, they were greeted with a notice. This happened to Foodie years ago when he worked at a restaurant that went out of business, leaving the employees in a difficult situation. They weren't that good anyway. I'm allergic to shellfish, so we didn't go, but the last time my husband went, it was for Char's birthday, and he said it wasn't good at all. 

They've closed five in California. 



Burger King is closed for remodeling and will soon install self-service kiosks like McDonald's. The $20 minimum wage may have influenced this decision. More people use the drive-through than the inside anyway, so the self-service kiosks will soon be in the drive-throughs as well. We no longer get fast food. It was always a naughty treat - we knew we shouldn't but there were times we would do fast food. The only fast food place I go to now is In and Out. They've always paid their employees well so they haven't had to raise their prices - the food is freshly prepared (I know - Foodie was in management there years ago) 








TAKE A PLANT 
LEAF A PLANT




They're back. All the free plant stands. Seems more this year!







They've had some issues with greedy people taking but not giving back. 







Some of these gardeners go to a lot of work to put all of this together, for people they do not know. 







All free. 
All you have to do, is give something comparable






This is one of the nicer ones simply because it has a shelter. 







Sol and Luna are growing. Soon, they will be branching. 



I found this week dragged on a bit for me. I don't know why. 


Until next time,

Debby



31 comments:

  1. Nope don't have any stores with falling prices like that here.
    Well I think that was a spineless act by Red Lobster a sign on the door saying you now have no job and yes I know it didn't say those words.
    What next we go for a take away and be expected to cook our own food

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    1. My son experienced this when he worked at a restaurant. One day, he arrived at work to find a note on the door, and that was it—no job and no paycheck for that week. However, they eventually received their money through a class action lawsuit. This kind of situation seems to occur frequently at franchise restaurants. It's unlikely that this could happen at a local restaurant where the owners are part of the community.

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  2. One of those reducing prices places with a different name is here in Pierce County, I think. Novel idea. I hope it goes well for them.
    I've not heard of a free plants plus leave one before. We do offer free non-perishable food stations around the County. So many are so generous during these difficult times.
    Since I grew up in Coastal Florida I find most seafood places disappointing because I'm used to fresh. Just sayin' ...
    Sol and Luna are growing! That makes me smile.
    Ever since I retired in 2006 the weeks seem to zip by. 💙

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    1. Fresh fish is the only way. I like cod, halibut, and sea bass. NO bottom feeders for me. I lived on the coast, just 2 miles, and when the bass was running, all the neighborhood dads would take their fishing poles to the beach! Fun times.

      Some of the same people who do the plants also put out fresh eggs if they have chickens or extra veggies. But with our terribly hot summers, they have to be in coolers.

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  3. The first store, I have never heard of it! But I would be there in a minute! I just read that Red Lobster will be filing for bankruptcy. Wow, those chicks are growing! They are now big enough to have that mean raptor look. The plant exchange is wonderful, but there are always those who take advantage of things like this.

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    1. It hasn't deterred any of the plant givers to stop - some are now having to haul everything in at night. Some are putting out hours and days they are open.

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  4. Wow, those are very interesting stores. We don't have any of those here in my area of Canada. Love the plant "pantries" what a wonderful idea.

    God bless.

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    1. It's an interesting concept at these stores, but the whole unorganized mess turns me off.

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  5. We have that bin store but have not gone into yet. Our Red Lobster closed too with no notice. Another family restaurant in the area posted that all of their employees had a job with them if they wanted it. I thought that was a nice gesture. The plant idea is such a neat idea. Too bad others abuse it. Always bad apples everywhere. Janice

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    1. They do that here as well, and that is nice.

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  6. I've never heard of those stores with the falling prices. Sounds like fun, but I bet they are crowded on the low price days! wow, sorry to hear about Red Lobster, especially what happened to the employees. That's just awful. I haven't been to a RL in a long time. There aren't that many left around here either, since they branched out on their own away from the other restaurants like Olive Garden and Longhorn's. (Darden restaurants). We don't do fast food either, unless it was our only choice while traveling. Ever since the pandemic the service went down and the food got worse and now is so expensive we can't afford it. I like the plant giver idea. I'm afraid I wouldn't have anything good to give back, so I'd probably just have to pass. But it is a nice idea. I enjoyed your post. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I have never liked RL - and was not about to eat there and fall victim to cross-contamination with shellfish. I didn't trust them and it wasn't worth it. My husband went about 5 years ago -

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  7. We have a falling prices here in town. I have been in it twice and doubt I will again. I am not of fan of wading through bins of basically junk to find any deals. I was told by a former employee that anything that the company gets from Amazon returns over $40.00 goes to their online store. I do see lots of cars parked by the store when I go by it though. There is one that I see online in another city that looks like it has merchandise simalar to your pictures from the bargin store but I have never made it over there to shop there. I have been trying to down size stuff I own and don't need so I try to stay away from buying stuff because it was a bargin.
    I have not seen anything around here like the plant stands but such a nice idea to share like that.
    Happy to see the bird updates.

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    1. I agree with you. I don't mind thrift stores, but these places look overwhelming to me. I have read reviews where people get pushy and if you are not watching your cart, then it might get taken. All that for saving a little money on things you don't need. I'll save 100% and stay home!

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  8. I don't like the kiosk and neither does my hubby. He went to the cash register and said he wanted to go his order there or he would not order and so they took his order. We have a couple of those stores in town, but I went into one and did not like it. That is a nice plant exchange. Not nice when people don't follow the rules.

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    1. Ha, same with my husband. It seems it puts him in an instant bad mood when he sees one. lol

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  9. Those stores are pretty cool! We don't have anything like that around here..yet! All the Red Lobsters around here closed too. Too bad they didn't give their employees notice. I use the kiosk at McDonalds whenever I go there. Yes they are definitely a result of the high minimum wage.

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    1. IT does seem to be the norm around here - restaurants close without telling their employees. It happened to Foodie once.

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  10. I've never heard of these bargain stores. I'll stick to Dollar General, it has the best stuff for good prices. Their holiday section is so fun and delightful. Red Lobster closed! I used to love to dine in and have their lobster and those biscuits. Lobster and Crab are one of the only fish that I like. It's nice that they put together the free plant stands. Although, the plants shown here are a bit droopy and don't seem to be thriving. The plants in the first picture look a little greener. I always enjoy seeing what's happening in your town, Debby. You are always caught up on the latest happenings. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. I like Dollar General.
      The plants are droopy from the heat - I've rescued a few plants before, and they do fine. I always look at the clearance plants at Home Dept or Lowes. They have plants that have no more flowers, or they don't look good, and I take them home and love them. It saves me a lot of money!

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  11. I really don't like the kiosks instead of real people, but I do understand why with the minimum wage being $20 here in CA. Crazy..
    In n' Out is our go to "fast Food" place. Good food and reasonable prices.
    Yes we have a Falling Prices and we actually have found some pretty good deals there. Alot come from Amazon returns and Target.
    You have to be willing to "dumpster dive" a bit.
    Happy the temperatures aren't so hot today. More yard work in the offing...
    Sue

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    1. In and Out is the best. My son used to work there years ago. They are good to their employees too.

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  12. No stores like that around here but I have seen stores in other places to that reducing pricing thing.
    Maybe Red Lobster didn't give any warning of the closing because of the fear of what the employees would do to the store.
    I've always liked Red Lobster though haven't been to one in some years now. (before Covid)

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    1. Maybe in the big cities, but not here. They couldn't get by with that here. Everybody knows everybody.

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  13. I have never heard of those stores, pretty interesting though, smiles. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

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  14. I've gone into one falling prices store, but it seemed like all the merchandise was low quality and nothing I needed. I hadn't been to a Red Lobster in decades, so the closures don't affect me at all.

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    1. I save 100% by not shopping there! Can't beat that at all!
      I feel bad for the employees getting the shaft.

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  15. We don't have the Falling Prices or Bargain Bins, but sounds like a fun place to check out.
    I heard a lot of Red Lobsters were going out of business. We don't eat there, so it won't affect us, but I feel bad for the employees. What a crummy way to do it.

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    1. I feel bad for the employees as well. Many franchises are starting to close because of the $20 minimum wage. I prefer our own local places.

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  16. Sol and Luna sure have gotten big.
    Love the free plant stalls.. so kind.

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