The Best Kept Online Shopping Secret

This one key search term is the best kept online shopping secret to scoring big discounts at 40, 50, even 80% off already marked down prices.

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Can I tell you a little secret? One that I probably haven’t mentioned before? Something that, if you met me face-to-face, you would never ever guess I have a weakness for?

I’m a bonafide rollercoaster junkie. There, I said it.

On any normal day, I’m a play-it-safe and follow-the-rules kind of girl, but until the other day, riding high speed rollercoasters 10 times in a row was the only time I ever really craved living on the edge.

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Until I discovered… “as is” online shopping. (And maybe I’m being melodramatic calling shopping “living on the edge”, but just work with me here, kay?)

If you’ve never heard of shopping “as is” but are pulled to store clearance aisles like a magnet, this one will blow. your. mind! And unlike a lot of other high discount online shopping, this one isn’t gimmicky.

I’ve only recently discovered this trick, and I’ve only found it so far on Overstock, but I’m sure there are similar searches out there on other retail sites.

All you have to do is type “as is” (without quotes) in the search bar, and hundreds of items show up that are marked down at a discount- 40, 50, even 80% off the already discounted stuff.

I found all of this that I would buy in a heartbeat. Ya know…if I didn’t have bills to pay or anything:

An industrial metal and wood barstool for $67.50.

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A Nautica comforter set for $51.09.

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These metal counter stools for $12 each!

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And even though this pendant light would still be a splurge for me, it’s gorgeous and marked at over 50% off.

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All of the “as is” items are things that people bought from the site and returned for whatever reason- it could have just been opened and turned out to be the wrong color; the item could be fraying; it could be scratched…whatever the case might be. Just ask yourself if you’re feeling lucky. (Wink wink.)

But Overstock does explain the “as is” reason in the product details, so you’re not totally flying blind. The downside is the sales are final, so it can’t be returned- a bit of a gamble. But chances are the flaws are fixable.

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I’d already mentioned back in the final stages of Olivia’s bedroom makeover that Overstock is my top source to buying area rugs at a discount.

For so long, I wanted an area rug for our living room because it just didn’t seem quite finished without it. Then, ta da! I found this 8×10 jute rug that I’d had my eye on for a year in the “as is” search marked down to $128 from $239.

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The “as is” reason listed on the site said the rug had a smell. Honestly, I was nervous hitting that buy button. And the whole 4 days it took to arrive, I kept wondering if I’d made a huge mistake to end up with a janky smelling rug.

When it showed up at my doorstep, I ripped that plastic open, and took a huge whiff. And I probably looked like the craziest woman alive, sniffing her new rug on her front porch.

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But y’all! It didn’t smell AT ALL! Maybe I just got really really lucky, but I was dancing, literally dancing.

I’ll definitely be checking in on the “as is” search a lot… ya know along with my regular Craigslist and thrift store browsing.

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And I figure, if I ever buy a rug that is fraying at the corner, I can always sew it back up or tuck it under a piece of furniture.

If a piece has a scratch, I can most likely polish it out and touch it up.

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Regardless, our living room is feeling a wee bit cozier!

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And now I want one of these rugs everywhere. It feels like a foot massage every time I step on it.

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Are you a rollercoaster loving, live-on-the-edge kinda gal too? Have you ever shopped “as is” before? Or know of any other retail sites where you can shop returned items? Maybe you shouldn’t tell me because that might be bad for our bank account.

You can check out more budget shopping tips from these posts too:

Where to Buy Affordable Industrial Farmhouse Decor 

where to buy industrial farmhouse decor

18 Tips for Better Craigslisting: How to Score on Furniture


12 Goodwill Shopping Secrets Revealed

12 Goodwill Shopping Secrets Revealed



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  1. Oh no! Maybe I shouldn’t have read this post. 🙂 I just hit Overstock’s “as Is” items and $176.00 later…
    I got so many things I’ve been shopping for. Let me share this little hint. I use Google Chrome as a browser and it has an add on called “Honey” . Honey finds coupons for wherever you’re shopping (if there are some). Today Honey saved me $20.00 at the Overstock site. Since you’re so nice to share your deals, I thought I would share that one with you. Thanks for such great ideas!

    1. Yes! I love using Honey! I use Ebates.com too and it’ll give you cash back when you shop online. Thanks, Suzanne!

  2. Hey Lauren,
    Thank you for this great information. My husband and I relocated to a new city and state. We bought a new home and your website is giving me so many ideas. I have so much trouble putting things together and visualizing how it will look. I love how you have decorated this room. Where did you get the curtains from? I have been looking and not sure what to get or if I even want to put curtains up because I love the openness of a room. However, the way you have the curtains hung it stills looks open.
    Thank you,

    1. Thank you, Tammy! I’m so glad my little blog has helped you! I got these taupe print curtains at Kirkland’s. Similar to these: http://fave.co/2d8lET0 I’ve since replaced them with white Ritva curtains from IKEA though, and I love how open they make our living room feel.

  3. I love the rug in your den! And it’s on sale at overstock for $184 now! I’ve been wanting a rug for our den because it feels unfinished, but I haven’t been sure if it would lay flat on carpet with our couch and coffee table on it. Does yours buckle or bunch up? Would love your thoughts! Thanks so much!

    1. Yay! That’s awesome! We have had no issues at all with it buckling or bunching up. But if you have hardwood floors, that might be a different story.

  4. I love the coffee table in the images of the living room my internal interior decorator is screaming to get its hands on it…… Where can I get it? Is it available anywhere?

    1. Oh I so wish it was available for purchase, Jaqueline! I found it on Craigslist for $50 and painted it and planked the top, so I’m afraid it’s one of a kind. I get a lot of questions about it, so I dug up as many sources as I could for coffee tables that are very similar to it (though unfortunately not for $50 like what I paid). Here’s the link to similar ones: http://liketoknow.it/ltk/5DLNLZlMPwcg1JHFMVT0uC

  5. I clicked on your link to see if it said where you bought your coffee table but I was pleasantly surprised with your tip on how to save even more! I am extremely frugal and I can’t wait to try this new discovered tip! Thanks!!

    Also, do you remember where you bought your coffee table?!? It is GORGEOUS!!

  6. Hi Lauren,
    I have been searching for rugs for my 2nd home I’ve been re-doing. It is a combo French-shabby-cottage. (Very girly)?
    So, this week on OS they had a rug I have been looking at in the “as is” with no discription of return reason. I write them and asked. They reply was the rug doesn’t lay flat. So I’m undecided. What do you think?

    1. Oh yay! If it were me, I’d go for it. 😉 You could try rolling the rug the other direction to see if that would flatten it. Sometimes I have to do that with rugs and it usually works. Or if it’s going in a living room or bedroom, having furniture on it could help.

      1. The “As is” rug arrived. I don’t know if it was the 110 degrees outside on the front porch for a few hours, but when I drug it in and unrolled it, the one place where I think it didn’t lay flat straightened right out. So a rug I had been watching on many online stores was now purchased for less than half price. It smells of new carpet too.:) Thanks for the good shopping tip!

  7. I absolutely love your living room! We are in the process of buying a house and will be needing to paint. I’m loving your wall color. Would you happen to remember the ncolor ame and brand of it? Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Ashley! Absolutely! The color is Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige. In the daylight it looks more gray but in the evenings, it takes on a beige tone.

  8. Lauren, you are so right! After reading your blog last night I purchased a rug and a pillow at OS for less than I’ve paid for a nice throw pillow in the past! This is such a great tip and I want to thank you for passing it on to your readers. Share anything anytime you’d like! : )

    1. Awesome!!! So glad it worked out for you, Teressa! I have to remind myself to pop back over there with the As Is search. It constantly changes every day.

  9. I just found your blog via Pinterest, I love your style! Thanks for the awesome tip! Also, I just have to ask.. Where is your amazing coffee table from? I’m in love with it!

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