BOSTON (CBS) – We are a nation of consumers. It runs our economy.

We have malls with residences on the top floors so the residents do not have to leave the complex except to go to church and some malls have that covered also.

Shopping has become a sport. There are TV channels dedicated to shopping. QVC and the Home Shopping Network where you can purchase everything from jewelry to lobster tails to mattresses.

When you are shopping and you are looking for a bargain there is the thrill of the hunt. I don’t recommend shopping for entertainment. But if there is something you want or need get the best deal you can. And maybe even enjoy the process.

Recently for a wedding gift I was looking for some goblets, I found Waterford crystal goblets retailing at $49 each. I found them on the Up Scale Gallery for $39.

They had registered at the Simon Pearce retail store on Newbury Street and figured I could get a better deal at the factory in Quechee, Vermont when we were up there this summer. And I wasn’t disappointed and the bonus; we had a great lunch.

Consider Good stuff cheap and the shipping is real cheap, $2.95 whether you are buying cotton sheets or a garden bench. Beware though; there is a hefty restocking charge if you want to return an item.

While doing the research for this segment when I was on I discovered they had good deals on travel. It looks to be about 35% discount. Who knew?


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Costco is the upscale model of the warehouse clubs and occasionally you can find leather jackets and Waterford crystal there as well as the large packages of toilet paper. They sell flowers and caskets as well!

Want an oriental rug? Try Building 19. Oriental type rugs can be had real cheap there. Again you need to know your merchandise but they have some very good bargains.

Another good place for oriental rugs is eBay. There are over 26,000 oriental rugs up for sale. I got dizzy looking at them. I did bid on several. Hopefully I won’t win the bids! It is so easy to get caught up in auction fever.

Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Home Goods occasionally have rugs also.

Also try Home Decorator Collections and then head to their online outlet.


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