It's a bargain two-fer today.
First, news that a new bargain
super-store has opened in Southaven.
Essex Bargain Hunt opened its third Mid-South shopping haven
It's 70,000 square feet of brand name
electronics, furniture, tools, rugs, toys and clothing. That's double the size of the other bargain
hunt stores. The Southaven store is open
now at Stateline Road and I-55 next to Burlington Coat Factory.
A second sale, that has been compared
to the Superbowl for shoppers, only happens once a year. On this Bargain Thursday, we head to the
Mississippi Delta to find incredible deals on a brand of pottery that can be
hard to get at any price. "This is
the Olga Owl, normally $250. She's got a crack in her side….marked $35"
A fortune in pottery rests on sagging
shelves of rough wood in a dusty warehouse deep in the Delta.
Welcome to Merigold, Mississippi,
where the population doubles every year on the first Sunday and Monday of
This is your only chance to buy
McCartys pottery on sale. These are
imperfect pieces, seconds, stored up all year for this event.
"It's called the seconds sale
because the pieces are damaged in some way. May be hairline crack, chipped,
over-fired or under-fired."
People line up days in advance and
this simple sign by the door is a stern reminder: you can't save a spot, it's
first -come, first-serve. Some folks,
literally, camp out for days to get first-dibs.
Jamie Smith says, "Sunday is awfully
crowded. Long lines. Folks like to come,
and they like to be first in line. "
McCartys Pottery dates back to the
1940's when Lee and Pup McCarty used clay from William Faulkner's Oxford
Estate, Rowan Oak. Their pottery now graces homes from the Delta to Japan and
all points in -between. 90-year-old Lee
McCarty still works every day.
It's the distinctive glaze and the
dark zigzag symbolizing the Mississippi River that set this pottery apart.
Probably one of the most popular
designs: a nutmeg color small platter. The Peavine Plate. Normally $68.50, there a
small imperfection, your price? $15.
You'll also see pieces with obvious
damage. Everything is at least 50% off
and some, much more.
You will have to wait in line. This is a major event. So, plan your strategy. Pack your patience and think hard about going on the second day of the sale. "On Monday we will put out additional pieces."