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!

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Monday-Saving Monday: Shop Around for Lowest Prices

money-scale-price-comparisonCoupons and sales sound great, but unless you know your’e really getting the best price on your purchases, you may still be losing money. Comparing prices on items you’re looking to buy is the best way to save money, especially as we get closer to more active vacation months. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big purchase like a table saw or small one like a coffee machine, any chance to a few dollars adds up to more left in your pocket!

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20% Off Consumables – Spring Cleaning Clearance

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We’re clearing off our shelves for spring and want you to enjoy even more savings as we do! This week Consumables (food, snacks, drinks, cosmetics, health aids, vitamins, supplements, and toiletries) are 20% off of our ticketed price! You could be saving up to 80% off of item’s original retail price, plus more if you are a Loyalty Member!

Show us this coupon, whether you flash it on your phone or print it out the old-fashioned way, and get your extra savings at checkout. Make sure you’re on our email list to receive next week’s coupons and earn those Loyalty Points every time you shop!

March is Spring Cleaning Clearance Month, Starts Feb. 27

spring-cleaning-clearance-header-Wholesale-Liquidation-experts-stockbridge-atlantaIf you haven’t been by the store lately (or haven’t followed us on Facebook, signed up for our weekly newsletter, or visited our website) you’ve been missing out on some major price markdowns these past few weeks! It’s not too late to get some great items before they’re gone for good, like our genuine leather bags and power tools; however you’re going to be really glad you happened by THIS blog!

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Money-Saving Monday: Track Spending with Lists, Receipts, and Apps

Want to get creative with your receipt organization? Pinterest can always help!

Want to get creative with your receipt organization? Pinterest can help!

After that cold snap we had in Georgia last week, many of you probably wanted to disregard my first Monday-Saving Monday advice about turning down the heat to save money. However, many others stopped by and saved money on our selection of space and room heaters, so perhaps the message was useful after all! This week I’ll focus on something that anyone can do immediately to make their future money-saving attempts more transparent.

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Money Saving Monday: Turn Down (The Heat) for What!

Love-Money-washingtonHopefully everyone had a beautiful and enjoyable Valentine’s Day, whether you spent it with your beau, your besties, or your bros. If you happened to fall into the numbers stated in the article of How Much Americans Spend on Valentine’s Day, you’re probably ready to pinch some dead presidents this President’s Day.

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14 Best Bargains Before Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! Amid the bouquets of flowers, the boxes of candy, and the candlelit dinners, you can find adorable gifts and lovely accents to celebrate the love of your life this Valentine’s Day. Below are motifs of the 14 best deals at Wholesale & Liquidation Experts before February 14. Just about everything you need to spark a romantic evening for two!

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