Four hundred bookstores nationwide — only 11 of them in Colorado — celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. Living up to their “independent” aspect, each one plans its own way to celebrate. The Tattered Cover’s three metro Denver stores plan free audiobooks, activities and games. At the Boulder Book Store, there are crafts, snacks, drinks, games and more. Other indie bookstores in Colorado are Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, Macdonald Bookshop in Estes Park, Bookworm of Edwards, The Book Haven in Salida, Out West Books in Grand Junction and Maria’s Bookshop in Durango.
We just can’t keep up with so many stores closing lately. It seems online shopping is taking over, so there’s no more need for brick & mortar stores. Next up, Gordmans in Lakewood is closing at 10755 W. Colfax Ave. (There is a second store closing in Colorado Springs — 1680 Briargate Blvd. All of the remaining five locations will operate under new ownership.) The store is expected to close in late May. Right now, the discount ranges from 10% to 30% off, depending on the department. (FYI – The sale started April 7.) I stopped by earlier this week and there’s still plenty on the shelves. Of course, as the final day of business approaches, the discounts will increase. I personally don’t start shopping close-out sales until it hits 50% off. Then, there are real bargains to be found — even better at 75% off!
I have loved Chinook Book for years now, especially because it only has offers for local businesses in Denver/Boulder. (It’s one of the few places you can find a discount for many of them. It has the only coupons I’ve ever found for Tattered Cover or Sweet Action Ice Cream!) The discount book has both a print and mobile edition with coupons for businesses that meet its “good business” criteria. They also focus on shops that are great resources for sustainable living, including farmers markets, recycling, biking, local transit, clean energy and green home. [Read more…] about Coupons? Get Free 30-Day Trial of Chinook Book App
Financially troubled Radio Shack is closing hundreds of retail stores across the country. All stores are expected to be closing on various dates in April. Savings until then are up to 50%. Area locations include: 1275 E. First Ave., Broomfield; Quebec Square, 7305 E. 35th Ave. #150, Denver; 715 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver; Thornton Shopping Center, 3843 E. 120th St., Thornton; 5305 E. Colfax Ave., #A, Denver; One Fountain Plaza, 6720 Camden Blvd., Colorado Springs; 1977 S. Federal Blvd., Denver; Ralston Plaza, 12385 W. 64th St., Arvada; Albertsons Pad, 4090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs; Market Square, 12041 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood; University Square, 2660 11th Ave., Greeley, and 1895 28th St., Boulder.
Boulder’s Greenwood Wildlife Thrift Shop and Consignment Gallery is again holding a series of sales and specials in the downstairs thrift shop (but not in the upstairs consignment gallery). Apr. 1-2, 75% off winter outerwear; Apr. 3-7, double donation coupon; Apr. 9-15, 50% off Easter décor; Apr. 10-14, bulk clothing, 5 for $5 ; Apr. 17-21, 30% off fabrics & linens; Apr. 22, flash sale (check the Facebook page or stop by); Apr. 24-28, 25% off frames & art; Apr. 27, Take Your Daughter to Work Day BOGO, and Apr. 30, 50% off everything (as always, some exceptions). 3600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-245-0800.
With the closing of all Colorado Savers stores, the MHOTC team has been on the search for new-to-us thrift stores. We just added Sister Carmen Thrift Store in Lafayette to our list. The store supports the programs and services of Sister Carmen Community Center, which provides help to individuals and families in East Boulder County. As with most thrift stores, you’ll find a ton of low-cost clothing, small appliances, toys, shoes, linens, household goods, furniture and much more. What impressed me the most is the wide variety of sales each month, and even a frequent shopper program, on top of the low prices. [Read more…] about Sister Carmen Thrift Store – Great Find For Lafayette Frugal Shoppers
The Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, a highly regarded coop that has been showcasing and selling the works of leading local and national artisans since 1971, holds just one sale a year. For 2017, it’s Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale features 20% off the entire inventory, and with Mothers Day, graduation, those June weddings and Fathers Day coming up, take advantage of the opportunity to buy something special at a savings. 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-3683.
It’s rare to see a company reverse a “price increase”, but the competition in online shopping is fierce. To this end, Amazon just decreased its minimum purchase for FREE shipping from $49 to $35. (The last change was a year ago in February 2016 — from $35 to $49.) My shopping at Amazon definitely decreased in the last year because the $49 minimum was too high. (I found myself buying stuff unnecessarily just to reach the threshold.) For regular customers, its Prime Membership is always an option, too, with its FREE 2-day shipping on any purchase — click here.
ANOTHER OPTION: You can also qualify for FREE shipping for all eligible items in your order, if your cart includes $25 or more in qualifying books. It seems like an unusual selling point, given the steady decline of book sales. (Who buys hard copies anymore anyway? Personally, I prefer audio books, especially those read by the author. It gives the text so much more personality and emotion.)
Overall, it seems like Amazon Prime is the way to go for regular customers — buy a Prime Membership for $10.99 a month for FREE 2-day shipping with no minimum. Membership has lots of other benefits, including access to movies and TV shows. If you’re unsure about the benefits, you can cancel your membership at anytime. For more details on its new shipping policy, click here.
Did you know? Since last year, Amazon collects sales tax on orders from Colorado.
Nowadays, there are many advantages to becoming a “senior citizen,” but the one bargain hunters appreciate the most are the discounts offered by many retailers and restaurants. We’ve rounded up a few deals around town for the “older crowd.” [Read more…] about Senior Deals and Discounts in Denver
Bryan may blather, but any who know me will tell you I rant. Back in 2015, I wrote about why I was kicking my nearest King Soopers to the curb. After the post went viral, the grocery chain execs promised change — and we did get some. As soon as I was confident my photo with a big red slash was no longer posted on the employee break room wall, I started shopping at my neighborhood store again. And most of my shopping experiences went well. Until yesterday… [Read more…] about Why King Soopers Has Disappointed Me… Again
If you received a gift card under the tree, review Bryan’s article at Living On The Cheap — “The Coupon Insider: Stretching gift cards.” He offers tips and tricks on how to stretch ’em further than their face value. A gift card may be hard plastic, but it’s definitely flexible — if you spend it wisely.
Plus, most of the holiday gift card bonus offers don’t end until December 31 — so you still have a few days to “cash in” on the offers. You might even consider spending some of your Christmas cash (if you received some) on gift cards at your favorite retailers and snag the bonuses before they’re gone. Review our “65 Gift Card Promos & Bonuses” post for more details.
Reminder: With the holidays coming right up, make interesting gifts for those on your list, save money and keep unwanted odds and ends out of landfills by shopping at Art Parts, a not-for-profit “creative reuse center” in Boulder. Inventory includes jewelry/parts/supplies, frames, art/craft/school/office materials, fabric, yarns, sewing and other needlework supplies and even an eclectic assortment of other reusable industrial surplus, which the store resells at 30 to 90% off.
There are DIY items suitable for children’s projects as well as for serious artists and crafters. The immaculate and well-organized store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations of clean reusable items are also accepted during Friday and Saturday business hours. 2870 Bluff St. (on the west-facing end of the low-slung commercial building across from RallySport), Boulder, 720-379-5328.
The Arapahoe Library District is famous for its used book sales. But even if you missed them this year, you can find all sorts of gently used hardbacks and paperbacks at the Library District’s Used Book Stores. All are open during normal library hours and prices are typically 50¢ to $2. Many of the books are barely touched, making them ideal inexpensive gifts for the bookworms in your life. Check out: Book Ends Used Book Store – Eloise May Library, 1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver. Encore Used Book Store – Southglenn Library, 6972 S. Vine St., Centennial. Friends Again Used Book Store – Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial. Second Chances Used Book Store – Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Cir., Centennial. The Book Nook Used Book Store – Castlewood Library, 6739 S. Uinta St., Centennial.
We hate to see any business shutter, but it appears Aeropostale is the latest clothing retailer to fall on hard times. While there are no Colorado stores slated to close (at least for now), it appear that all are running sales. According to MHOTC reader Jennifer, the Flatirons location has marked all merchandise at 60% off. They also had buy-one get-two FREE on certain items, such as sweats (approximately $34.50 in store). The store was full of merchandise around noon on Saturday, November 19.
Imagine a book store where a good novel will only set you back two bucks. Such a store exists… in Aurora. The Book Outlet started as a place to raise money for the Aurora Public Library system, but bookworms know it’s the place to find a wealth of gently-used reading material at unbelievable prices. Shoppers find thousands (actually tens of thousands) of hardback and paperback books priced from 50¢ to $5 (with most $2 or less). The store also carries CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, puzzles, records and more. You’ll also meet some of the nicest “sales” people in town, all volunteers. The Book Outlet has limited day and hours of operation: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2243 S. Peoria St. (in Iliff Square), 720-747-7977.