Five Below Fun

Shopping - A Cup of Kathy

Lately, as summer has begun to wane, I’ve been thinking about Five Below.  No, I’m not (yet) thinking about and dreading the frigid temperature that seems to like a lengthy residence in New England. 

After taking stock of the goodies and gems I brought home from my first trip for some retail therapy at Five Below (Freeman Bare Foot Overnight Healing Treatment $4.00; Wet N Wild Skinny Tip Eyeliner $5.00; EVA double buckle sandals in black $5.00; and mesh water shoes $5.00), I’m inspired to plan a second trip there in a couple of weeks and to “sing” the company’s praises on my blog.  Trust me, though I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, I’ll give it my best shot. 

Who knows what I’ll find next time in their ever-changing inventory, though I have an idea a pair of River Shoe active sandals with tie-dye straps $5.00 and EVA double buckle sandals in orange $5.00 will be coming home with me.

If you don’t know what Five Below is, you should, because this chain carries school supplies; candy; cosmetics; toys; games; arts and crafts; storage; fitness and sporting equipment; and more.  Much more.  With 1,000+ stores nationwide, there’s sure to be one near you.

I’ve found quality items there, at bargain prices, and that’s a win-win in my book.  And like a trip to other bargain paradises like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, you’ll find things at Five Below you didn’t know you needed. 

Though the chain, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and founded by Tom Vellios and David Schlessinger, has targeted the tweens and teens markets, and my teen days are long gone, the store has a universal appeal that makes it definitely worth a trip.

Most items are priced in the $1.00-to-$5.00 range, though Five Below has introduced Ten Below, creating a store-within-a-store for things like technology and gift items, and a new logo that proclaims, “Cool Stuff. $1-to-$5-to-$10.”

Five Below also has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility, which I found detailed on Wikipedia:

“Since 2005, Five Below has contributed over $19 million for organizations around the country who focus on the well-being of children. They have partnered with and supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation with the sale of lemonade bracelets, gift cards and pin-ups.

“Since 2008, Five Below has participated in the annual Halloween Promotion benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“After Hurricane Sandy, Five Below partnered with the American Red Cross and collected over $50,000 through a $1 donation at the register program. The company then doubled all donations resulting in a donation in the total of $100,000.

“And in 2018, Five Below became an official Toys for Tots sponsor.”

Five Below is a chain I feel good about.  They offer quality merchandise at bargain prices coupled with the strong and sustained support of socially responsible initiatives, all of which I’ve also supported.  That’s a win-win in my book.

Do you have a favorite place to shop that also demonstrates a commitment to corporate social responsibility?

Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

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