Saturday, December 5, 2009
Ocean State Job Lot
You would think such a company is about finding jobs for the unemployed, right? Job Lot. OK that makes sense. And, Ocean State...they must be from Rhode Island. Well, that's 1/2 right. Turns out Ocean State Job Lot is a Rhone Island-based discount store packed to the ceiling with name-brand, close-out merchandise. Their logo reads, "Home of Adventure Shopping." OSJL, as they refer to themselves on their website, took over the recently vacated Circuit City building just down the road from where I work. On my first visit, one evening this past week, the place was packed. The sales people seemed...interesting. Many had piercings, colored hair, even teeth missing. But they seemed nice enough, though most appeared kind of confused as to where things were and how to help customers. And the aisles were just big enough to squeeze two carts by one another, scraping wheels as they pass, "Excuse me. Boy these aisles are tiny. Sorry." The place was jammed packed with junk and with quality stuff. I spent over $100 and felt like I got a good deal on my 2 "Italian" rugs and blue King-sized sheets for the condo, inexpensive math games for school, toys for the grand kids for Christmas and a giant purple calculator for $5. I will return and my husband is dying to go because "Don't you just love a bargain?" (hey, isn't that somebody else's logo?) but I still don't understand the name...Job Lots?