BNJ Bargains offers discounts while giving back to community

Joe Sierra, co-owner of BNJ Bargains Variety Store in Gloversville, poses some of the store’s merchandise on Nov. 12. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

GLOVERSVILLE — Joe Sierra of BNJ Bargains Variety Store in Gloversville has a simple message for local consumers on the hunt for shopping deals.

“If you’re looking for something, ask me first before you go out and buy it. Because usually I have it or can get it,” Sierra said on Nov. 12.

BNJ Bargains Variety Store, located at 99 E. Fulton St. is co-owned by Sierra and Brenda Heritage and offers an eclectic variety of merchandise ranging from toys, gadgets, electronics and furniture to hygiene products, camping and bedding items and decor. BNJ Bargains features all new items which are purchased by Sierra and Heritage either palletized through liquidation sales from big box stores like Walmart and Target, or directly from vendors.

“We carry a little bit of everything,” Sierra said. “All of our stuff is new and our prices are up to 50 percent off retail. So we’re cheaper than Walmart, we’re cheaper than Target. And like Walmart and Target, we have a return policy.”

BNJ Bargains offers a 14 day return policy on all merchandise, offering customers one more reason to stop in to see what they have to offer.

The storefront of BNJ Bargains Variety store, located at 99 E. Fulton St in Gloversville is pictures here on Nov. 12 (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

“We have a 14-day return policy. So if you buy something and it’s missing parts, it’s defective, it’s broken — you bring it back and we’ll give a you another one. If we don’t have another one, we’ll give you back your money,” Sierra said.

BNJ Bargains took root three years ago when Sierra and Heritage began buying palletized merchandise and sorting through it in their garage, and by last December they had moved into the Fulton street store, Sierra said. Since then BNJ Bargains has expanded its inventory to include direct vendor merchandise, including Bluetooth speakers, Nintendo systems featuring hundreds of classic games, as well as headphones, cell phones cases and various component cables and toys. Heritage also has various craft items for sale, including handmade candles and decorations.

As for its palletized merchandise, BNJ Bargains sees a plethora of unique and useful items, from bicycles, trampolines, and snow throwers, to curtains, comforters, and sheets — and just about everything in between. Sierra said they get new shipments of merchandise in every month, and that while they have no control over what merchandise comes in, it is all new and purchased at well below retail value.

“I tell people, up to 50 percent off retail,” Sierra said. “We’ll [even] scan the label and do a screenshot of what it sells for so people know what the price is.”

In addition to offering large discounts on various retail items, Sierra said BNJ Bargains is also interested in getting involved with the community as much as possible. They currently work with the Department of Social Services in order to accept furniture vouchers on items such as beds, dressers, night stands, end tables, coffee tables and curtains. Over the summer they hosted a senior citizens day, offering seniors an additional 10 percent off merchandise for the day. They also donated a video game system during Railfest this summer in effort to help raise money.

Toys are shown on display at BNJ Bargains Variety Store in Gloversville on Nov. 12. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

“We’re trying to help the community out,” Sierra said. “We give out cards and fliers at all the food pantries and we’ve donated to a couple of local churches. We’re just trying to get everybody involved into the store.”

BNJ Bargains is located at 99 E. Fulton St and is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit them online at www.bnjbargains.com or visit them on Facebook to see daily deals.


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