This week I tried to use the internet to find some bargains, since I was about to have to replace my son's entire wardrobe, due to a recent growth spurt. I ended up traveling an hour and a half away to one of those outlet mall towns, only to find dismal selection, and prices that were surprisingly high.
The ad that lured me there could only be described as a "loss leader". That's where a business will mark a price very low, take a loss on that one item, to use in their ad. However, they offer only a few of those, and the rest of what they offer are the same or more expensive than you would find anywhere else.
I could have forgiven them for just being smart businessmen, and faulted my own ignorance, but because I had made the mistake of dragging the kids along, I was very irritated at them for disappointing them.
The Real Deal
I found out about a place in a little suburb north of Dallas, called The Uber Shop, so I decided to brave another bargain hunt. I did have my daughter with me, but she was content to sit in the provided chairs and watch a video, while I scoped out the place.
What I found there impressed me. They have really high quality merchandise, at deeply discounted prices. I found beautiful felt hats from $4.95- 10.95 !!! Purses $14.95- $39.95
Kid's Australian brand Ukala $14.95 and adult off brand boots for $12.95
Real leather belts for $6.95, inexpensive costume jewelry, super soft cashmere socks and rayon socks for $1.95 and $2.95, wallets, some toys and gift items, as well as racks and racks of name brand clothing at outrageous discounts.
The majority of their stock is ladies & clothing accessories. They did have children's and Mens clothing and accessories as well, but the selection was not as large. I plan to bring my son there to look at the selection himself, since he's reached that picky age. I didn't find much for my daughter this time, but I do plan to hit the warehouse sale to see the larger stock.
The Uber Shop in Plano, TX is owned by Diana Kinsey, entrepreneur and soccer mom, along with her three daughters who help her run the place. So, it's a very friendly family operation.
Here are the store location and hours.
The Uber Shop
6905 Avenue K, Suite 204
Plano, Texas 75074
Thursday & Friday 10:00am-7:00pm
In the back of the store, they have a giant warehouse section that they only open on special sale days. You have to get on an email list to be notified when those will happen.
Hint: For lucky locals, I'm cluing you in, that the next one will happen Wednesday, December 4th through Saturday, December 7th 8:00am-8:00pm
They are about to have holiday sales (think 12 days of Christmas specials), on top of their already deep discounts, so I got on their email list for notification.