Thymes fans, your warehouse sale will return this fall on October 11-13. The famous soaps and scents sale is popular with many bargain hunters who stock up for themselves and persons on their holiday gift list during the sale where everything sells for $1, $2, $3, $6, $8, $15 or $20, Buyers save 50 to 70 percent on discontinued and overstocked scents and soaps
Last year, the company received so many complaints from disappointed customers when no sale materialized that it decided to have a smaller, pop-up sale in December. It was still a good sale but a fraction of the size.
This year the sale will be at the company's headquarters at 629 SE 9th St. in Minneapolis, the same location as last year's pop-up sales. Although the space isn't nearly as large as the previous one, Cindy Andersen, vice-president of operations at Thymes, is confident that Thymes can handle a larger crowd at the new facility. She expects about the same amount of merchandise as the large warehouse sales in years past.
"We simplified our layout of the sale and subsequently have a more efficient process," she wrote in an email.
Last year many warehouse sales were canceled. Thymes and Europa Import of Vadnais Heights didn't have the inventory as stores trimmed inventories during the recession.
George John, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, said that so many overruns and closeouts have moved to the Web that warehouse sales have taken a hit. "The Internet is now the outlet of choice," he said.
Although Thymes has brought back its warehouse sale for 2013, Europa Import, Manhattan Toy, and Illume Candles in Bloomington have no plans to include a warehouse sale this year.