I needed some pots and pans to distribute to two of my children who were going to live in apartments. I went into a store and found a shelf with clearance items. Lo and behold there was a box which held a large set of pots and pans originally for $120 on sale for $30. It turns out only a lid was missing. I bought the set, and then I went to a hardware store and bought a lid. Those two children, now grown, are still using the pots and pans.
Then I found out that other stores have similar shelves or corners where they place items at a clearance price. Sometimes it is a rack they keep in a certain place. One store with such a rack had two pajama bottoms reduced by 50%. I took a coupon they had sent me that offered 40% off. After using the coupon the pajama bottoms were $6 each. Great gifts for two of my granddaughters.
A bookstore I frequent has Clearance Shelves. That, too, is a great source for books which might interest a person. I’ve bought former bestsellers and hobby books there for $1 each.
Once I went to a restaurant supply store looking for thick coffee cups which interested my husband. The sales clerk told me the store was not open to regular customers; however, it did have a table in the back where they sold odds and ends. I found coffee cups for $.25 each, cups which thrilled my husband.
Those are examples of bargains I took advantage of. The main thing is to identify the places-corners, shelves, racks-where certain stores place their bargains. Then check them out from time to time. Good hunting!