Honey Bins opens in Livonia selling overstock items at discount price – Hometown Life

Sixteen bins around the store hold merchandise of all kinds.

Looking for a sweet deal? Sam and Natalie Blonski have just the place for you.

The Plymouth couple opened Honey Bins this fall in the former Dick Scott Freedom Powersports building on Plymouth Road west of Levan in Livonia. It’s become a haven for those seeking items of all kinds at a heavily discounted rate.

“Part of the whole idea is the treasure hunt concept,” Sam Blonski said. “People spend a couple hours here.”

The idea behind the store is simple: they purchase truckloads of items from companies that acquire stock from companies, and then offer it to customers every week at heavily discounted rates.

“The companies that buy all their returns and overstock, they kind of mix them and we buy it from them,” Sam Blonski said. “It’s Amazon, it’s Target, it’s Kohl’s, it’s Macy’s. It’s a mix.”

Those trucks deliver the goods to the store, where they end up in one of 16 wooden bins built across the store during the middle three days of the week the store is closed. Then on Friday, the doors open to customers, many lining up outside up to an hour before the store opens, hoping to score a great price on items.

What’s in these bins? It varies week to week. Sometimes it’s consumer electronics, sometimes its accessories, sometimes it’s home items. It’s literally randomized, with the Blonskis not knowing what will show up. Every item in a bin is the same price, though it’s higher depending on when customers shop: items are $9 on Fridays, $7 on Saturdays, $5 on Sundays and $3 on Mondays.

After Monday, the store clears out its stock and gets ready for the next shipment of goods for the following weekend.

It’s a concept that’s popped up across the area, with another store opening a few miles away. Good Deal Bins recently opened in the shopping center at Joy and Merriman in Westland, offering a similar model with bins in the store.

Honey Bins opened first back in late September. It’s one that attracts people from all over the region, and many of the customers are there every weekend searching for the hottest deals. Sam Blonski saw such a store elsewhere and believed it would make a good second business for the couple here in metro Detroit, each of whom work other jobs.

Plymouth couple Sam and Natalie Blonski are part of the team that opened Honey Bins earlier this fall on Plymouth Road in Livonia. The store takes overstock items from bigger retailers and sells them at heavily discounted prices.

Especially with the larger amounts of items stores have in stock they want to unload, especially with the amount of goods made during the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple saw opportunity to sell those items bigger stores didn’t want.

“During the pandemic, we saw there was an uptick in the production of things,” Natalie Blonski said. “So then, we kind of realized that a lot of these items that are there are being mass produced and are either being returned or they’re just sitting there.”

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While the deals are hot, there are some conditions and rules: the store does not accept cash, and all sales are final with no returns allowed, even if something is broken.

In addition to the bins, they have a handful of premium items on sale that are deeply discounted, though not at bin-pricing level. The most recent items, dubbed HB+ items, included a cookware set and Christmas wreaths. The store also began selling open-box appliances such as refrigerators, at a discounted price.

Customers of all kinds come to the store, from those looking to make a profit to those simply looking for a great deal for themselves or an organization they work with. That wide range, Natalie Blonski said, gives the two a great feeling.

“I would say that we’re proud to be able to give back, because I don’t think it matters what budget or income you’re working with, there’s a deal for everybody,” she said. “And how they choose to use the product, whether they’re reselling or giving it to charities or to their kids, it’s great.”

Honey Bins is located at 36534 Plymouth Road in Livonia, just west of Levan.

More information, including links to the store’s social media channels and hours, can be found at honeybinsco.com.

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Contact reporter David Veselenak at dveselenak@hometownlife.com or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.

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