It’s not really a secret that I enjoy sales. Sure, I love the junk bargains the most, but hey, I like the new, shiny stuff, too! I have been married into a True Value family for almost 13 years now, and I just recently learned how to navigate all of the different types of sales, flyers and bargains. It can get a little confusing when they start rattling off those words “Bargains of the Month” and “Featured Items” and … wait, what?!
If my last name is on the building and I am confused, I bet it’s a bit safe to say a lot of our awesome customers are, too. So, let me see if I can break this down for you a bit so we can all get a lay of the land. (Notice: True Value changes advertising each year like most large retailers, so this is a 2016 layout and should work mostly for the near future!)
Each month we choose to participate in a few different sales from different wholesalers (people we buy stuff from). Two main ones from True Value are called “Bargains of the Month” and “Feature of the Month”. On your end, there isn’t much that sets these apart. The main thing to remember is that you can find these items in the store, usually on end caps (the shelves at the end of an aisle) with “SALE” price tags near them. I try to post the monthly sales on our Facebook page and send them out in an e-mail. If I was eating bon-bon’s that day and skipped it (Shh … don’t tell the bosses!), you can always find them on the True Value website (let me show you below).
Go to TrueValue.com. If you click, “Local Ads” at thetop — BAM! Local ads will pull right up for you. You can see the current special catalogs, too (like outdoor living or power equipment).
There have been many times that I see items on the sale that I want for my own home, too (which my husband just loves!). However, it’s easy for me to put off purchasing them because I hate to buy them up before the customers get a chance, so I wait. Then it never fails that I walk in on the day they have already packed the items up because the month is over. NOOOO!!!! I am fairly certain they just shake their heads at me and walk away. 🙂
We only have a set amount of space, and while we would love to carry everything under the sun that we love, we just don’t have the room to keep it all. At the end of the month, the items that we don’t usually carry get sent back to True Value and we put out the items for the next month. Can we almost always order those items at regular price for you anytime and have them in just a few days? Absolutely! But the moral of the story is that if you want the item for the sale price, hurry and get in to get it before your neighbor does!
We do restock the items a few times a week as they sell, and rainchecks are available if we happen to be out when you come in.
Flyers & National Sales:
Each Fall we choose which national sales programs we want to participate in for the upcoming year. These are those spiffy flyers that you get in the newspaper for holidays and other special sales. These items are only available at the sale price for the dates listed on the front of the sale flyer. We keep a sign with the flyer and extra copies in the store during the events, and I try to be sure and list them on our social media accounts. Black Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July … are just a few of the yearly sales that last a week or two. We do not get to choose what is on these sales, we just get to choose if we participate or not. There are usually items we don’t normally carry in the store on these sales, so you always get to see new items circulating in and out.
Store Events & Promotions:
Living in a small community, we truly enjoy having our store events like Ladies Night, Howl-oween and others. These events are things we have put together on our own and may or may not have specials on certain items during that time. If we do, we will advertise those or have them listed for you in various places and/or on the items.
Manufacturer Promotions & Sale Events:
Sometimes the companies that manufacturer a product have yearly sales that they advertise on those items. You may see national advertising on tv, the newspaper and online. If we carry those products, we are able to help you with those sale items. Some of the window and door companies we carry do these each year.
A few tips to remember:
- Monthly sales are only for the current month, so don’t miss them!
- We love to order items for you anytime! From any of our suppliers, just ask! (Boots, clothing, blenders, coffee pots, patio furniture, wire … who knows!)
- You can shop online at TrueValue.com anytime and ship your items to the store for FREE!
Hopefully, this will help you understand when your favorite bargains of the year are and what to watch for. I know I love to see those spring paint coupons! If you want to be sure to stay up to date with all of the latest sales and events, be sure to join our e-mail list!