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New Front Street shop offers good deals on changing inventory

Morgan Balderson and her sons, Arixon, 4, and Foster, 2, browse the toys at Downtown Bargains Thursday morning. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

A new shop has opened in downtown Marietta that offers constantly changing merchandise.

Becca Waters opened Downtown Bargains July 3 at 187 Front St. The store offers liquidated goods at less than retail prices.

Waters said she was eyeing the Front Street storefront earlier as it was on a main street.

“As people are driving by, they can stop and look for deals,” she said.

The shop’s merchandise is purchased wholesale from liquidation sites or things Waters finds while traveling.

“Every week there are new pallets and every day something new is added,” she explained.

She noted that 90 percent is brand new merchandise.

“People can come here and get it for the same price as Walmart or CVS,” Waters said. By buying goods through her shop, people are supporting a local business, she added.

Her first day of business was First Friday and things were busier than anticipated.

“I had double the turnout that I was expecting,” she said.

Downtown Bargains has a little of everything, from toys to home decor to health and beauty items such as personal hygiene goods.

“If you are walking downtown and have a headache, we have things like Advil,” Waters noted. “There is a constantly changing inventory.”

Two years ago, she heard about liquidation sales and wanted to find an area downtown where she could sell goods at a discount rate.

People can stop in to the shop to browse, or they can join the Facebook group where she posts items for sale. Customers can purchase the items, then come into the store to pick them up.

“We have repeat customers that way,” she said.

Belpre resident Morgan Balderson is one of those repeat customers. She was visiting the shop Thursday morning with her sons, Arixon, 4, and Foster, 2. As her sons were checking out the toys, she was checking to make sure she didn’t have anything to pick up.

“I came to Marietta just to see the store,” she said.

Downtown Bargains is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Her Facebook group is Downtown Bargains CUSTOMER PAGE.

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