WLExperts Locates Lost Treasured T-Shirts in Liquidation Shipments

t-shirts-treasured-tee-rescueWhen our warehouse crew was sorting through our latest shipment of expired and overstock online deals, they came across curious packages. The first package was a simple white envelope stuffed to capacity. It did not contain luxury jewelry, bamboo sheets, or bluetooth headphones, but the value of what was inside could not be measured with dollar signs.

Inside of the first package, and two others that we found, were T-shirts, some already worn, some with dates from over 10 years ago. Many documented races, concerts, family reunions, and other important tokens of participation and reminiscence. These were special shirts sent out with the confidence that they would be returned as memorable quilts, each cotton memory woven together with care.

Months passed, and then came the heartbreaking realization that the company responsible for turning the tees into quilts was never going to follow through with their agreement. It’s believed that some of the packages containing these significant shirts were never even opened by the receiving party, contrary to emailed guarantees that the back-ordered quilts were in queue to be completed and shipped out. Those responsible never even saw the pricelessness of clothing that represented magical vacations, exciting athletic events, first days of school, and past loved ones.

Many customers took advantage of promotional coupons the quilting company offered through popular online deal sites. When the company did not deliver (and all but disappeared completely), these deal sites did their best to refund customers their money and return their memories. However hundreds of shirts did not find their ways back to the original senders.

We don’t know exactly how these 3 packages of lost t-shirts found their way into our warehouse, mixed in with the usual inventory we receive from a third-party liquidation company. It could have been due to a change in address or even a misunderstanding on how important these envelopes and boxes were at a previous location. Regardless, our first move was to find the rightful owner of these shirts and make sure they got home.

It was incredible to find a Facebook group of over 500 people that was behind the cause to retrieve lost shirts, most of the members having waited for nearly a year after the quilting fiasco to get their shirts back. The dedication of people like Donna Tilson, one of the administrators of the Facebook group, has already made sure that a majority of the packages have been returned to their rightful owners. Even within a few days of us finding T-shirt packages in our own warehouse, according to the group another 7 packages were shipped back to their original senders, bringing peace of mind to many more families.

The fact that we can help close even just 3 more cases has brought everyone at our store a great amount of joy and hope! I could hear in the voice of Nadya, owner of the first package we found, how grateful and emotional she was just to know that her precious memories were making their ways back to her.

Our hope is that other liquidation stores and companies like ours will be on the lookout for these humble boxes full of T-shirts that someone across the country is missing terribly. In reality, it seemed pretty obvious that after finding these misplaced package, anyone would make an effort to send them back. It’s been surreal learning the depths of loss this quilting incident caused, and reading the hopelessness of those who fear they may never see their shirts again.

We had no idea that these 3 curious boxes were part of something much larger, and want to tell those still searching to stay hopeful for just a little longer now that a new avenue of possibilities has been opened. A big shout-out to our warehouse team for finding the value in these boxes and setting them aside for us to investigate. Also to our shipping department team who have been busy preparing our brand new e-commerce site in time for the holidays. For those with boxes heading their way, we’re sure this is a gift they’ll never forget!

Essie Nail Polish $1.99 each

There’s nothing better than a freshly painted polish that looks straight out of the salon, but in reality was done at home! Add to your nail polish collection with one of the top brands on the market, Essie! Get bright, chic, elegant, and dazzling colors without worrying about chipping or fading. (Target and Ulta retail price: $8.50)

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6 Cherry Kool-Aid Recipes You’ll By Dying to Recreate for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’re all thinking of ways to either celebrate it with our loved ones, or forget about it! Make Kool-Aid the center of your sweet-tooth’s love-life with incredibly tasty (and unavoidably pink) recipes you’ll feel passionate about sharing with others, even if you hate the holiday.

This week we stocked containers of KoolAid Cherry Drink Mix: 5 lb. 2 oz. powder and priced the drinkable (and edible) treat at only $5.99 (retail $8.49)! The 5-lb. container makes 34 quarts of Kool-Aid drink, or dozens of sweet and delicious recipes you may not have even considered trying yet! Here are just a few I found and couldn’t wait to share, and possibly try myself!

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5 Makeup Deals Under $5 No Beauty Enthusiast Can Pass Up

Boutique brand makeup gets the most attention, but sometimes the best cosmetics are the ones you can get at great prices that get the job done! I can’t function without eyeliner or mascara, and I’m a firm believer that the state of your fingernails says a lot about a girl. With that being said, I don’t particularly love spending $8 on single stick of black eyeliner. It’s also ridiculous how much time I spend staring at a rack of $6-10 brand name mascaras knowing they all do just about the same thing. Continue reading

The Plain White T-Shirt That Everyone Needs to Buy in Bulk

america-apparel-cotton-t-shirtOne of our many great liquidation shipments has been the American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirts we acquired at a low price. So low that we’re able to offer these t-shirts that value $13-18 in retail stores for just $2.99 a piece in store for any size! Even better is that we have wholesale quantities of 98 pieces or more available for $2.50 a shirt! Continue reading

5 products you need to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

True, you make promises to yourself every year, and by February you’re back to your old habits. While it’s not easy to keep 12 months of resolve to change, you definitely get kudos for making the effort! Before you decided to give up in 2015, stop by Wholesale & Liquidation Experts in the New Year and take a look at these items that might help. If nothing else, you’ll find a store to keep the most important resolution of all: save more money! Continue reading

Live Retail Auction on 12/7/2014

Thank you to everyone who attended the very first Live Retail Auction at Wholesale and Liquidation Experts! A HUGE thanks to auctioneer Tommy Brooks! If you missed this one, we’re sure to have another soon with an exciting way to save even more money!

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