Home Consignment Center

Everybody is looking for ways to save money these days. For those treasure hunters out in the Bay Area, there is one furniture store that offers a major benefit than just a great price.

How many of you bargain shoppers like the fact that the items you find are unique and inimitable? Well, when you shop at The Home Consignment Center, also known as HCC, you will definitely find one-of-a-kind pieces that no one in your neighborhood will have! HCC offers unique, matchless furniture and jewelry at prices you can afford.

One of the major benefits of shopping at the HCC is that you get the opportunity to use your creativity with your furnishings! The layout of the store helps you visualize mixing and matching furniture. A typical furniture store simply cannot offer the wide range of items you find at the HCC.

With growing sales of almost forty million a year, HCC has caught the attention of the retail furniture industry. These furniture factories have now started to venture out and consign their samples, closeouts, over runs or other products and have come to HCC to make those pieces available to you!

They often stock manufacturer overflow at discounted prices, so finding yourself furnishing your entire living room with new items isn’t something unheard of. Whether you decide to purchase some of the factory new or slightly used pieces, the Home Consignment center in full of wonderful treasures that can complement any furniture arrangement in any home. Those traditional furniture store prices are so far out of reach to the typical consumer shopping at The Home Consignment Center just makes sense!

Some history on The Home Consignment Center:

  • In 1994 in the city of Danville, California the very first HCC opened and has continued to grow in size ever since. Not only have the amount of stores grown in size, but also the variety of items and accessories has too. Since 1995, HCC has opened the door to consign and buy fine jewelry making it an even greater place to shop and sell!
  • For the past 15 years, The Home Consignment Center has been a two family owned and run business. With 14 locations spread over California, Nevada and Texas; the HCC has become a well-known place to go for great pieces for great prices.
  • The partners have made it a point to promote high quality furniture and accessories that are priced to sell from the start. The HCC has been built with the concept of “Great stuff and Great prices,” making it the perfect spot for the bargain hunter. The furniture you will find at HCC will speak to you at prices you can afford.

Whether you’re looking for new or used, unique, high-quality furniture The Home Consignment Center is the place to be. Discover your hidden treasure and I promise you that you will be back for more!


For the Shoe Lovers

A common misconception about bargain shopping is that bargain shopping is for poor people. Wrong! bargain shopping is for smart people! That being said, the smartest shoe-loving people go to DSW – the Designer Shoe Warehouse, to buy shoes.

Whether you are male or female, the selection at DSW is out of this world. Walking in the store you will see an immense collection of shoes for any style, age or preference. They are sure to put on display the seasons hottest trends as well as a very neat and put together store. There is no hassle of asking the employees to get you a size 8, if they have it in your size you can get it yourself!

Ever since 2009 when I first walked in to a DSW in Daly City, CA I have been religiously going back ever since. The deals you find on shoes, purses, wallets, leggings, hats, and gloves are out of this world. My first move when walking through the doors is to go straight for the Clearance section. Plenty of times I have found shoes on clearance that are still on the floor marked at a higher price! I suggest this also because of the wide range of items you can find all within your size.

The shoes on clearance also have added deals! Depending on the color of the sticker on the shoes you can get between 30%-70% off the additional marked down price. They provide a breakdown for those of us who can’t do the math in our heads due to all the great shoes you see around you.

DSW’s mission statement reads: “Our core focus is to create a distinctive shopping experience that satisfies both the rational and emotional shopping needs of our DSW customers by offering them a vast, exciting assortment of in-season styles combined with the convenience and value they desire.”

This statement is a great representation of what they truly do offer, but what they also offer is a great return policy. I have had many instances in which I bought a pair of shoes and whether worn or not was able to return them hassle free! The customer service and great employees are also what keeps me coming back to this store.

Of the many, many, many shoes I  have purchased I can say that some of the best deals I have received are thanks to the certificates they send you in the mail. These coupons come in the mail when you are a DSW rewards member. This great membership is another big plus of this store because you get a deal, on top of a deal, on top of even more of a deal!

These rewards are always kept on file so even if you misplace them they will redeem them for you without a problem. You can also accumulate them, so you can use one, two or however many offers your have on one single purchase.

My favorite part about this store is when they tell you how much you have saved when you are at the paying at the register. The fact that you are able to see how much you would be paying and how much you are saving is a good thing to know!

After all the bargain shopping I have done I can honestly say that I have never saved $400 on shoes. This is my actual receipt so you can imagine my excitement when seeing this! So for those of you who have never been, Google your nearest DSW and see just how much you can save!

Lots of Love for Big Lots!

Maybe it’s the distinctive shopping experience. Or the exclusive and fluctuating mix of brand-name merchandise. Or perhaps it’s just the adventure of the treasure hunt.

But one thing is for sure- once you experience what it’s like to shop at Big Lots, you’ll never look at traditional retail items the same way ever again!

This place offers everything! From everyday consumables and housewares to toys and seasonal decorations, Big Lots carries amazing brand name products that many other stores simply cannot compete with.

Big Lots is one of the United States’ largest closeout retailers with the buying power to find and negotiate some of the best deals around. With that, they are able to offer us consumers unbeatable bargains, with something new and different to find every time you walk through the door.

When I first heard of this “Big Lots” place I thought to myself what the heck is a closeout retailer?

Closeouts offer the same first-quality, brand name products found at other retail stores, just at lower prices. Typically they buy closeout merchandise from manufacturers who want to reduce inventory due to package changes, canceled orders, product discontinuation etc. In the end, we are the ones who reap the benefit of being able to buy things we need and use for a great bargain.

Lucky for us, there is a Big Lots in our lovely city of San Francisco, which is one that I have been going to for awhile now. Some Big Lots stores do offer furniture, the one we have here in San Francisco is very limited when it comes to furniture, but once in a while you may get lucky!

The experience I have going to Big Lots is one that I have enjoyed over the years. I have found things from lamp/bookshelves to picture frames, from bathroom curtains to comforter sets. All these great items were less than full price making me feel even better when I approach the cash register. I have bought brand name snacks, cleaning supplies, juices and batteries so its safe to say the variety is definitely worth the browse!

All kinds of people shop at Big Lots. They range from budget shoppers to deal hunters. Budget shoppers are people who look for the lowest price, no matter what brand. Discount shoppers who hunt for bargains and select brand names. And deal hunters who are the most passionate group, shop for the fun and excitement of finding a great bargain.

I would consider myself to be a hybrid of discount shopper and deal hunter. Because of the excitement I get from searching and finding the brand name hidden treasures it makes me the ideal deal hunter. Knowing that I got a brand name item for less than full price brings me an even greater joy and that’s why I love to share my secrets.

Big Lots is certainly a place to check up on every so often because of the things you can find. They do carry things on a regular basis such as toiletries, snacks, cereals and housewares but the inventory is limited and unique every time. That being said, I think all of you reading my blog should look up your nearest Big Lots and start your treasure hunt as soon as you can!

Amelia’s Antics

Strapped for cash? Tired of the tedious, inefficient task of cleaning out your closet? Take a drive to Millbrae and visit Amelia’s Antics and sell your slightly used goods on consignment!

Amelia’s Antic’s, located in Millbrae, CA., is a fashion consignment shop designed to help recycle those fashion items you no longer wear and sell them for some money back.

My first time walking into the shop my eyes were fixated on a Juicy Couture handbag I saw on the window display. Not knowing what this place was I walked in and to my surprise I felt like I had just found a Bay Area Hidden Treasure!

Any fashion good that is within two years or less of the current fashion period are what you will find at Amelia’s Antics. Anyone looking for a good deal on a brand name item, this is the place to go.

Frequent brands that you will find in this boutique are: Banana Republic, INC., Chico, Ann Taylor, Morning Glory, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Coach handbags.

The shop is designed to provide people with costly fashion items for less than they would regularly pay. You will find anything from shoes to scarves – anything you can wear, it’s there.

 As well as shopping at Amelia’s, I decided to experiment selling my clothes and purses. 4 out of 5 of the items I brought were sold within the first 2 weeks! I made about $100 on items I was ready to give away and also had the option of store credit. So that Juicy Couture bag I saw on the window was mine for $50 and I still had money to spare!

Although it is not what you paid for full price, you are able to make 40% on the resale price of your items. But lets be honest, something is better than nothing! The store employees are extremely nice and help you understand what they are looking for so that you know what type of items to bring.

5 items are accepted every Tuesday thru Thursday, between the hours of 4:00-7:00p.m. The first and third Friday of each month you can drop off goodies all day and they will contact you through email.

Either way you look at it you have nothing to lose in coming to this shop. You can get rid of some things collecting dust and/or find a great deal on something you would normally not be able to afford. When you sell you items on consignment, it gives you -the original owner – some money back and the piece of mind that the item has gone into grateful hands.

Unfortunately for the guys reading my blog, Amelia’s Antics is geared towards women only. But they do offer some great finds and gifts for the special women in your life!

This place will captivate and delight, so long as you are open to slightly used items, you will surely find something that will catch your eye and have you coming back for more.


Bargaining Power

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.” Franklin is reminding us that when it comes to money it is not always about making it, it is about saving it too. There are many ways to save money but the challenge is finding the ways and places where you can do that. Saving money is hard for some, may not be a priority for others, but across the board is something that gives people joy and satisfaction.

As a Bay Area native I have been raised with the notion that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” That being said, my family has taught me to watch my spending habits since I was very young. This means sometimes shopping at second hand stores or walking down Mission street comparing prices of produce. This idea of getting a good deal is something that has been passed along from my grandparents who were immigrants from Mexico and who came to the U.S. in the early 50’s. Coming here with very little money, retiring by 50, wisely investing, spending and saving their money, my grandparents are truly living the American Dream.

My mom also has inspired me the most to be careful with my spending habits. Whether it’s groceries or shoes, I naturally try and get the best bang for my buck. There are effortless ways people can learn how and where to save money, but the question always is: Where can I go for the best deals?

With the many resources available such as the Internet, my blog will help those looking for a good deal find places near them. There are places where you can find jewelry, furniture, shoes and appliances for pennies on the dollar. All over the Bay Area there are hidden treasures and hidden places where you can find these great deals. I will highlight the places that people may have heard of but have never been to.

I always love to find new places and boutiques that no one really knows about. Places like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls are some of the more widely known places to go, but there are a handful of other places to find what you need. Some of my favorite places are all around the Bay Area in cities like San Carlos, San Mateo and San Francisco.

I will share the location and tips for shopping at these discount stores. I intend on visiting each of these stores and providing pictures to show some of the goodies I find. I want to provide some insight for those who aren’t familiar with discount shopping places and share with them all the great deals they have to offer. I will give you a special look inside some of the Bay Area’s Hidden Treasures.