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Unread 10-20-2008, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Ok. That sounds like our Marshall's stores. All name brand clothing/household items at drastic price cuts. I bought a cocktail dress a few months back that had a retail sticker for $129. I paid $19.99, and it's absolutely gorgeous! Yep, those are the kinds of deals I live for. I prefer the quality of more expensive items, but I just won't pay inflated prices for a name tag.

 
Unread 10-20-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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Mmm, Marden's isn;t really anything like Marshall's. Marden's is a salvage/surplus store. If a store in another state has a fire, Marden's will buy what they can salvage. (mardensdotcom)
Some things you have to really sort through to find a bargain. Its not quite as simple as going in and grabbing the first dress in your size off the rack. You will want to check for any tears, stains, smell (from a fire), ect. Although they have improved alot since they first open.
I'd say they are a few steps above shopping at Goodwill or the Salvation Army store.
Their slogan is "I should of bought it when I saw it Marden's". And you better, because if you go back the next day it is very likely to be gone.
If a person doesn't like shopping at thrift stores, then I doubt they will like Marden's. I have a daughter who thinks she is "too good" to shop there. Funny thing is, she loved it when she was younger.
 
Unread 10-21-2008, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Sittin' on the rocks at the bay...
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I love Reny's in Belfast and Ellsworth. Have only been to the Marden's in Bangor, which was okay, but Reny's reminds me of the Christmas Tree Shops we have down here on the Cape, only with clothes.
 
Unread 10-21-2008, 11:56 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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El, do they have Big Lots in Texas? That's the closest thing I can think of to Marden's. Maybe Tuesday Morning Shops, if you have those.
 
Unread 10-22-2008, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Ewww! I'm sworn off Big Lots forever, so I wouldn't shop Mardens for sure! BL is dirty and crowded and has so much stuff crammed into small spaces that you have to suck in your gut to get between the racks. It's not a pleasant shopping experience. Add to that 98 degree heat and tremendously over-populated areas where people are always tripping over one another in the stores......the last AND FINAL time I went into a BL, Brad had to lead me out by the shoulders after I had a panic attack. I'm a tad claustrophobic and when I get over-heated on top of that, it's a bad combination for me.
 
Unread 10-22-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Calais, Maine
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ohhh, well, Mardens is a walk in the park compared to that I'm not nuts about it, but it's not as bad as that at all--we'll go in. I've bought a crockpot in there, the microwave that's in the house in Eastport came from there, so did the mattress covers. But, I only go in if I'm looking for something specific, or I've heard something has come in I might want. Good place to buy Christmas wrapping paper. BUT, I wash my hands as soon as I leave, I can't explain it better than that. Katy and Amy have done their Halloween shopping there for the last couple of years.

I was just thinking, I only go into *any* store most of the time if I'm looking for something specific I'm just not a shopper!
 
Unread 10-22-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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it is like but not exactly, either because of people who work there or people who shop there make those two outlet different.


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Ewww! I'm sworn off Big Lots forever, so I wouldn't shop Mardens for sure! BL is dirty and crowded and has so much stuff crammed into small spaces that you have to suck in your gut to get between the racks. It's not a pleasant shopping experience. Add to that 98 degree heat and tremendously over-populated areas where people are always tripping over one another in the stores......the last AND FINAL time I went into a BL, Brad had to lead me out by the shoulders after I had a panic attack. I'm a tad claustrophobic and when I get over-heated on top of that, it's a bad combination for me.
 
Unread 10-22-2008, 09:31 AM
 
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The Mardens we shopped at weren't dirty. Kmart was the dirty store in the a.m. Big Lots was ok too.
You may not care for Marden's as it can be crowded in there if they have something special in.
Not sure what there are for stores in the Eastport area.
Lewiston Auburn area didn't have much to offer for shopping until Kohl's came to the area.
Now I have Kohl's, Macy's, Dillards, Mervins, ect to choose from.
 
Unread 10-22-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Maine
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it is like but not exactly, either because of people who work there or people who shop there make those two outlet different.
It's likely because of the people who work there. We've never experienced such clean public facilities as we did in Maine. And the service couldn't be beat. The people at drive-thru windows talked to us and greeted us with smiles........you just don't get that down here!
 
Unread 10-23-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Ok, can anyone tell me what we'll be paying roughly to transfer our vehicle registration in Eastport? It's an '02 Chrysler Town & Country.
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