One of the East Coast's best-known members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's Wholesale Club serves more than six million members in 201 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, savvy shoppers knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, members can stock up on economy-sized groceries—including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials—grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of the club's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $3.2 million to charitable organizations.
Eurolife Furniture peddles an eye-catching blend of the finest modern, European-style furnishings and accessories to aestheticize any chamber. Outfit a living space with a funky Utility Side Table ($129) or a comfy cushioned armchair ($159). A white nightstand ($99) for your bedroom can comfortably protect headgear from anti-dentite bogeymen, and the Arden table ($150) can impart a dining area with upscale café pizzazz. Contemporary kids will love the drop stool ($159), a carved-out orange orb that lodges progressive posteriors. Office items run the gamut from knee chairs ($149) to wall cabinets ($179), and you can endow any nook with flair or cover up wormholes with a number of accessories.
The merchandise at Legacies spans home furnishings, antiques, accessories, jewelry, and phased plasma rifles in the 40-watt range. Like the Borg, its stock is constantly shifting, adapting, and evolving, so drop in to see exactly what the shop's latest incarnation looks like. Most items cost between $20 and $150. Vintage earrings start at $48, and sterling-silver necklaces are around $50. A 14-piece set of wine goblets, clean and ready for wine gobbling, is $25, and the surfboard coffee table to put them on is $75. Furniture such as oak dressers, painted nightstands, wicker rockers, and gold-framed mirrors all await excavation ($55–$95) from the Legacies treasure trove, which has also included rugs, china, artwork, lamps, silver, and even chandeliers. One lucky customer even found a large golden box, though it contained only a couple of worthless stone tablets and some face-melting ghosts.
Samsen Furniture has been serving up home furnishings for more than 50 years. Their Genoa showroom exceeds 45,000 square feet and contains more friendly faces than a Lisa Frank sticker set. Throughout the store, shoppers will encounter top furniture brands such as Thomasville, Smith Brothers of Berne, and Flexsteel, to name a few. Bring light to a dim space that purportedly got plenty of western exposure with an assortment of table lamps (starting at $99), or relax in darkness within the comfy confines of a La-Z-Boy Anderson recliner ($299). Stack numerous Exton Square rectangular cocktail tables ($179 each) to create a real-life game of Tetris, which can be used to entrap and hide a floor lamp with oak table ($299). The store's design department is full to burst with home accessories, such as wallpaper, carpeting, lamps, pictures, and window treatments.
A consignment store filled with gently used furniture and décor, Experienced Possessions outfits homes with pieces that add utility and style. Visitors can shuffle about the store in search of hidden gems, inspecting the plush fabrics of sofa upholstery and the rich finishes of wooden tables. New stock arrives daily, making guests feel as up-to-date as the crystal ball on which all newscasts are based. In a typical visit, furniture-seekers may discover treasures such as a Scandinavian maple bookshelf ($49 for a 30"x36"x11" piece) or a Henredon sofa table ($75 for a 54”x16”x27” piece) fit to support a beautiful vase or a beloved book of knock-knock jokes. Customers can enlist the store’s helpful staff to find a wooden dining chair with a cane bottom ($55). With more than 20 years of furniture-peddling experience, the store can help shoppers to wrangle accoutrements suitable for a new home, living-room makeover, or indoor rodeo.