PHOTOS: take a sneak peek into Crazy Cazboy’s discount bins before their May 10th opening in Homewood

Crazy Cazboy a.k.a John Cassimus stands in front of one of the many large boxes of liquidated goods in the Crazy Cazboy warehouse. Cassimus will open the discount store Friday, May 10th in Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Crazy Cazboy a.k.a John Cassimus stands in front of one of the many large boxes of liquidated goods in the Crazy Cazboy warehouse. Cassimus will open the discount store Friday, May 10th in Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

There are two types of people in this world: those who love thrill-of-the-hunt bargain shopping and those who would rather poke their own eye out than dig for a sale. Belonging squarely in the deal-loving, thrifty-to-the-core category, I decided to take a deep dive into the freshly stocked bins at Crazy Cazboy’s. Here’s what I found at the new discount store opening May 10.

Cassimus said he designed the bins to make it easier for shoppers to dig around. Instead of having deep bins that require shoppers to bend all the way down, Cassimus made these shallow trough bins for easy rummaging. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Crazy Cazboy’s Brought to You By… Crazy Cazboy Himself

As we reported last week, local serial entrepreneur John Cassimus will open the discount liquidation store in Birmingham’s Homewood area. It will be his third liquidation store venture since leaving the restaurant business. (Yep, Crazy Cazboy is the same Birmingham entrepreneur that brought us Zoe’s KitchenMaki FreshMiss Dots and Jinsei Sushi!)

Just an iPad casually amongst other liquidation items you’ll find in the bins at Crazy Cazboy’s. The refurbished iPad will cost you a cool $6 on opening day Friday, May 10. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Legit Deals For True Bargain Hunters

Cassimus says this model of discount store is the first of its kind in Alabama. Each Thursday, the Crazy Cazboy’s staff will stock bins with merchandise liquidated from big retailers such as Target, Amazon, Home Depot and Best Buy. (So. Much. Target. Stuff.)

Beginning Friday morning, each item is sold on a descending price structure ($6 on Friday down to to 25 cents by Wednesday). They’ll close again the next Thursday for restocking and also stock the bins throughout the week.

Moms, if you’re into bargain hunting, you’ll want to hit this place up. This giant box of wipes will cost you no more than $6 at Crazy Cazboy’s. (Photo by Christine Hull at Bham Now)

What To Expect May 10

You’ll find anything from baby wipes to refurbished iPads, Garmin watches to the perfect greeting card for your grandma mixed throughout the bins.

The best part? These aren’t your average liquidated products that were either returned or damaged. Cassimus says that ninety percent of the items are actually brand new merchandise in perfect condition.

“When I do business, when I’m in a segment of an industry, I always try to position myself at the top. That means with every aspect—quality of product, quality of service… you name it. I want to create a niche at the highest level.”

John Cassimus, Owner of Crazy Cazboy’s
I spy with my little eye: a cell phone operated security/babycam, one Otterbox phone case, a GIANT book about interviewing skills, birthday party favors aaand a rolling pin for all your baking needs. Each item will cost at most $6, depending on how many days it stays in the bin. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
I spy with my little eye: a cell phone operated security/babycam, one Otterbox phone case, a GIANT book about interviewing skills, birthday party favors aaand a rolling pin for all your baking needs. Each item will cost at most $6, depending on how many days it stays in the bin. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

The new concept is getting some major attention from locals. The Crazy Cazboy’s Facebook page has only been up a few weeks and, as of Tuesday, already had over 12k likes. The deals are going viral already!

My Shopping Experience in the Sea of Bins

Once given permission to dig in, I was immediately amazed at the sheer RANDOMNESS of the contents within the first bin. It actually made me laugh out loud. My first handful from deep within the product pile contained a zebra print neck lanyard, a big bag of chia seeds and a cute purple authentic Otterbox cell phone case. Hard pass on the zebra lanyard and a huge yes to the phone case. You can’t beat that $6 price point!

Where else can you find velvet Christmas ribbon, a security camera, self tanner and a breast pump all within a three foot radius? That's right. Nowhere. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)  
Where else can you find velvet Christmas ribbon, a security camera, self tanner and a breast pump all within a three foot radius? That’s right. Nowhere. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

The next bin I found myself some real prizes. #treatyoself, amirite? I’ve been searching for a mini projector for a while and found one deep within the depths of a bin. A quick search yields the same projector on Amazon for $89. I’ll take this one for $6, please and thank you.

My selection from the third bin I rummaged through. A perfect LED projector, pink fanny pack, industrial stapler and trail mix.  (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
My selection from the third bin I rummaged through. A perfect LED projector, pink fanny pack, industrial stapler and trail mix. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Other Crazy Cazboy highlights included:

  • Cases of Bai drinks
  • A plethora of small tools
  • Sephora makeup
  • Spyder Jackets
  • a great selection of books (ones you’d actually want to read)
  • Vitamins
  • Seasonal Decor

This place is everything you never knew you always needed.

Another bin contained a bread bin from Target I had in my target.com online shopping cart for MONTHS. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)  
Another bin contained a bread bin from Target I had in my target.com online shopping cart for MONTHS. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

(For the sake of fairness, I did not actually purchase any of the items I selected. Everything mentioned in this article will still still be up for sale at the grand opening.)

California Concept is Rockin’

He said there are similar concepts popping up around the country that have seen great success. One of those stores is Falling Prices in Sacramento, California.

I did a little research on Falling Prices. Cassimus was not exaggerating. According to the Sacramento Bee, over 800 people were in line when the doors first opened at the Falling Prices store in Sacramento.

Tools, Santa hat for the dog and Batman slap bracelets. Perfect! (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Tools, Santa hat for the dog and Batman slap bracelets. Perfect! (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Cassimus is expecting the same scenario to play out at the Crazy Cazboy’s grand opening.

“We expect this concept to take the city of Birmingham by storm. Lines of customers will be waiting hours before the store opens and will be allowed to enter until the building occupancy is met. Then two in and two out,” he said.

Other things to consider when shopping at the discount store:

  • Customers are not permitted to wear large jackets
  • No purses or bags allowed
  • Cash and credit cards only
A quick look at the Crazy Cazboy's warehouse is proof that there will be no shortage of merchandise for the store.(Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)  
A quick look at the Crazy Cazboy’s warehouse is proof that there will be no shortage of merchandise for the store.(Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Crazy Cazboy’s is Hiring 15-20 Crew Members

Cassimus say’s he’s willing to pay top dollar ($12-$16!) to candidates that can handle the stress of such a fast paced environment. If you thrive off of excited crowds of shoppers, have quick math skills to quickly check out long lines of customers and have great customer service skills, this could be the job for you. Email resumes to crazycazboys@gmail.com.

Want to check them out? Here are the details:

  • What:Crazy Cazboy’s grand opening
  • Where: 136 Wildwood Parkway (Homewood Commons Shopping Center)
  • When: Friday, May 10 at 10 AM

Will you check out the new Crazy Cazboy’s store? What are your thoughts on the concept? Sound off on social media in the comments section or tag us @bhamnow