Florida Guide > Shopping
Have you ever noticed stores called Big Lots as you travel round Florida; I bet you have and I also bet that you have never gone in!
Well I am hoping to get you to go in and explore. Big Lots is America's biggest closeout store with 14000 branches and a turnover of 4 billion dollars. Each store averages about three million dollars a year in sales which is pretty impressive since they do not seem to be in prime locations. They were founded in 1967 and have grown steadily since then. They buy big and buy discontinued and surplus goods to enable to sell them on at a great price.
Not posh and not smart just aisle after aisle of every sort of item piled high. Clothes, home, pets and food; everything is here and you should allow at least an hour to get round.
The store we usually use is on the South Orange Blossom Trail and you look out for their bright orange signs since it is easy to drive right past these strip malls.
You start on the right with the electronics; with a bit of luck you can leave the man in your life happily here while you look round in peace! Next comes party goods and cards, swiftly followed by a fashion section. They seem to do well for extra large bras which is something one of our family is always on the lookout for.
If jewellry is your thing, then here it is with watches and also cosmetics and toiletries of all makes.
Furniture may not be of any use to the tourist but still interesting to see what is in stock and you wil cetainly find some food stuffs to buy. I once got enormous bags of good quality trail mix for under a fiver (dollars that is. )This went down very well with my younger son to fuel his studying.
Got a baby? There is a baby section and if the children are getting restless, head for the toys. You will be sure to find something that will amuse them for a while.
Of all the things you would not expect to find in Florida we once bought some beautifully soft blankets at around $15 each; so go in without a plan and you will be happy.
The opening hours are generally 9am to 9pm monday to saturday and 9am to 6pm on sundays; however,that does vary so check with your store.
The store on the O.B.T is at 11230 South Orange Blossom Trail.Orlando Florida 32837 and their tel number is 407 851 1455.
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Page added on: 8 April 2007
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