National Wholesale Liquidators

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I've gone to National Wholesale Liquidators for years. In many ways, it is similar to Target or the other "marts": Kmart. Walmart and any department store that wants to call itself a discount venue. It's fine for the household staples and there are plenty of name brand items. But NWL also delves deeply into the ultra cheap quality goods side of retailing, so you'll want to be savvy about many of the clothes, auto accessories, electronics, and avoid altogether any major jewelry or furniture purchases. It reminds me of the old Valley Fair operation that was in Little Ferry off Route 46. One day I bumped into a neighbor of mine in Valley Fair, and they were acting strangely...found out later they were actually embarrassed about being seen in such a low budget venue. Utter silly vanity! But then, I guess there still is a perceived status about where one shops, and those that stay more in the Neimann Marcus, Lord and Taylor realm might be snobby about rubbing elbows with the "huddled masses". But a bargain is a bargain, and a true shopper can't be afraid of going where you can't valet your car. Especially in these economic times. NWL offers solid value if you know how to look.

Let's take for example, the warm weather "seasonal" merchandise. If you want to buy a rake or even a garden hand tool that's going to last you for years, go to Home Depot (which is next door) or Lowes - and even there, you should shop carefully. This is not even trying to compete with that large a scale of selection. What you'll get at NWL is garden tools that range from sturdy to so flimsy a good stab in the dirt will bend the shaft. The plastic pots and hanging planters are generic enough to judge by price, and they have many of the brand names like Scotts and Black and Decker. A plastic lawn chair may seem like any other plastic lawn chair, until I saw the extensive layout at Lowes on Route 20 in Paterson. It seems universal that the pricing strictly follows the chair's size and load bearing capacity, and the load bearing thing is not exactly charted. I'm a wide and heavy dude - I know better than to think I can buy a $5 plastic lawn chair from NWL and expect to wedge myself in it without the legs failing. Same for indoor folding chairs. The bargain priced picnic canopy is a big item. The price ranges can drive you nuts store to store. If you need the "one party and out" items, you cannot find them cheaper than here, or a Big Lots. Pressboard wood tables are popular for that occasional gathering where you need serving space, but they don't weather water well so you'll find yourself scrambling to put them away to save them if it rains on the outdoor picnic. There are resin top alternatives available that are as sturdy as any you can find anywhere.

We've also found the ever elusive 29 inch vinyl blinds. So many other stores will say that length doesn't exist - even if I say we have used it before! It was because first, most sale people know nothing beyond the end of their noses, and secondly, in this case we had forgotten that NWL was one of the rare spots with that hard to find item. That's the search that keeps true shoppers loyal to a NWL, a Home Goods or a Pier One.

It's convenient that they have a lottery terminal and a beer/liquor section - one can kill a few birds with the proverbial stone here. We've bought room size area rugs from here. We are no connoisseurs of fine mid eastern rug makers, and this is no Einstein-Moojmy. We just want a work horse floor covering that will take a pounding and even with steady rug maintenance, and we intend to change it every 5 years or so. Many places will have large sizes (9X12) of remnants, but you'll be hard pressed to find lower prices anywhere else. The last time, we went nearly everywhere: Bob's, Raymour and Flaningans ( what were we thinking!) and every rug joint that popped up on our travels and still gravitated back to NWL for the best compromise of price and quality.

I recommend this store all the time, and anyone that rolls their eyes soon learn to regret it.

Update: On Christmas Eve 2011, they were one of very few stores that were open until 10pm. Remarkably, the place was nearly deserted! So many shoppers must have ruled them out and like I did, were touring the Walmart and other big boxers at 8pm, disappointed that they let their employees go home at 6pm or so. I got some key items, like cloth table covers and napkins, and beer/wine. Keep them in mind - the trip to lower Route 17 is worth it!

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I've gone to National Wholesale Liquidators for years. In many ways, it is similar to Target or the other "marts": Kmart. Walmart and any department store that wants to call itself a discount venue. It's fine for the household staples and there are plenty of name brand items. But NWL also delves deeply into the ultra cheap quality goods side of retailing, so you'll want to be savvy about many of the clothes, auto accessories, electronics, and avoid altogether any major jewelry or furniture purchases. It reminds me of the old Valley Fair operation that was in Little Ferry off Route 46. One day I bumped into a neighbor of mine in Valley Fair, and they were acting strangely...found out later they were actually embarrassed about being seen in such a low budget venue. Utter silly vanity! But then, I guess there still is a perceived status about where one shops, and those that stay more in the Neimann Marcus, Lord and Taylor realm might be snobby about rubbing elbows with the "huddled masses". But a bargain is a bargain, and a true shopper can't be afraid of going where you can't valet your car. Especially in these economic times. NWL offers solid value if you know how to look.

Let's take for example, the warm weather "seasonal" merchandise. If you want to buy a rake or even a garden hand tool that's going to last you for years, go to Home Depot (which is next door) or Lowes - and even there, you should shop carefully. This is not even trying to compete with that large a scale of selection. What you'll get at NWL is garden tools that range from sturdy to so flimsy a good stab in the dirt will bend the shaft. The plastic pots and hanging planters are generic enough to judge by price, and they have many of the brand names like Scotts and Black and Decker. A plastic lawn chair may seem like any other plastic lawn chair, until I saw the extensive layout at Lowes on Route 20 in Paterson. It seems universal that the pricing strictly follows the chair's size and load bearing capacity, and the load bearing thing is not exactly charted. I'm a wide and heavy dude - I know better than to think I can buy a $5 plastic lawn chair from NWL and expect to wedge myself in it without the legs failing. Same for indoor folding chairs. The bargain priced picnic canopy is a big item. The price ranges can drive you nuts store to store. If you need the "one party and out" items, you cannot find them cheaper than here, or a Big Lots. Pressboard wood tables are popular for that occasional gathering where you need serving space, but they don't weather water well so you'll find yourself scrambling to put them away to save them if it rains on the outdoor picnic. There are resin top alternatives available that are as sturdy as any you can find anywhere.

We've also found the ever elusive 29 inch vinyl blinds. So many other stores will say that length doesn't exist - even if I say we have used it before! It was because first, most sale people know nothing beyond the end of their noses, and secondly, in this case we had forgotten that NWL was one of the rare spots with that hard to find item. That's the search that keeps true shoppers loyal to a NWL, a Home Goods or a Pier One.

It's convenient that they have a lottery terminal and a beer/liquor section - one can kill a few birds with the proverbial stone here. We've bought room size area rugs from here. We are no connoisseurs of fine mid eastern rug makers, and this is no Einstein-Moojmy. We just want a work horse floor covering that will take a pounding and even with steady rug maintenance, and we intend to change it every 5 years or so. Many places will have large sizes (9X12) of remnants, but you'll be hard pressed to find lower prices anywhere else. The last time, we went nearly everywhere: Bob's, Raymour and Flaningans ( what were we thinking!) and every rug joint that popped up on our travels and still gravitated back to NWL for the best compromise of price and quality.

I recommend this store all the time, and anyone that rolls their eyes soon learn to regret it.

Update: On Christmas Eve 2011, they were one of very few stores that were open until 10pm. Remarkably, the place was nearly deserted! So many shoppers must have ruled them out and like I did, were touring the Walmart and other big boxers at 8pm, disappointed that they let their employees go home at 6pm or so. I got some key items, like cloth table covers and napkins, and beer/wine. Keep them in mind - the trip to lower Route 17 is worth it!

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My favorite place to shop. Just moved to a new apartment and was able to furnish, decorate, buy food all under one roof for unbeatable prices. Also have a great pet department. Took a car - 10 minutes over GW in Jersey.

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My favorite place to shop. Just moved to a new apartment and was able to furnish, decorate, buy food all under one roof for unbeatable prices. Also have a great pet department. Took a car - 10 minutes over GW in Jersey.

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If you are looking for cheap, this is definitely the place. Presswood furntiure, cheap quality home and clothing items and non perishable food (make sure you check the exp date) are available here. When shopping here, remember that you get what you pay for.

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If you are looking for cheap, this is definitely the place. Presswood furntiure, cheap quality home and clothing items and non perishable food (make sure you check the exp date) are available here. When shopping here, remember that you get what you pay for.

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