For months now, I’ve had family members and readers alike telling me I pretty much needed to check out Valley Liquidation in Tacoma. In fact, it’s gotten kind of annoying so I figured I better go visit so everyone could shut up already. (That’s meant in the nicest way possible, of course!) 😉
In all seriousness, I truly DO enjoy checking out all kinds of grocery stores – from high-end boutique type shops to hardcore bargain holes-in-the-walls. Knowing about all the stores in your area can really help you save money – and I’m guessing that’s the reason you’re here today! So whether or not you live in my neck of the woods, I hope today’s post will encourage you to scout out some “off the beaten path” grocery options in your neighborhood.
This store is located at 9813 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, just past 96th Street & Pacific. It’s also kind of hard to miss with the bright yellow building!
I found the owner stocking the produce section, so I had the opportunity to introduce myself and learn more about the way Valley Liquidation works. The model is very similar to Grocery Outlet, for those of you familiar with them. As I suspected, Valley Liquidation does not accept manufacturer coupons. However, the offer many items on deep discount that have been discontinued, are past “best by” dates, or other such food that other stores aren’t inclined to carry.
He immediately took me to this wall of Pacific Foods Broth and told me it’s the best deal they have in stock right now. The 32 oz containers of organic free range chicken broth? Are currently 2 for $1! Crazy, right? I did notice that the “best by” dates were this week, but he assured me that many of these foods are still fine to consume long past that. If you wanted to take advantage of this deal but weren’t sure about the expiration dates, I don’t see why you couldn’t use some of these broths to make big batches of soup you could then freeze. Or hey, just pour the broth into freezer bags for later!
I had particularly fun snapping pictures of all the signs throughout the store! I loved the one that stated the ladder by the staircase was “not for sale” and a bell with a “please ring bell ONCE for service” sign sitting next to it. Awesome.
They also had a few random items that caught my eye – like these portable vomit bags for $0.99. (Don’t worry, vomit not included.) Actually, considering that I have a kid that gets sick in the car about once every 6-8 months, I’m thinking I should have bought a couple now!
They also were selling entire flats of Strawberries “as is” for $1.99. The owner mentioned that a few in the flat may well be moldy. But again, if you don’t mind sorting them out, you can get a great deal here!
I think this would have to be my favorite deal today! These Pumpkin Patch Pal Kits were just $0.99/bag. I believe each bag contained 6 miniature pumpkins AND a paint kit! I think this would be a fun and cheap family activity!
Overall, I thought this place was a fun visit. The vibe was friendly and the produce deals in particular were strong and make it worth checking out. If you don’t have hang-ups about “best by” dates, you can score some screaming deals on many non-perishables in the store like soups, snacks, pasta, and specialty items. There is also a section of household goods that’s worth perusing.
If you shop here, I’d love to hear what additional deals you’ve been able to score and if you have any tips for other shoppers? Make sure to check out the Valley Liquidation Facebook page. From what I’ve observed, it tends to be active and they are good about posting new hot deals as they become available.
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