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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in Ladson, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro Ladson area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to Ladson, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Car Window Tinting
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Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in Ladson, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in Ladson, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in Ladson, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in Ladson, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

03

Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

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Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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This SC pup beat all odds for survival. Now he’s in the running for national hero dog award

Fire danced on the shed walls, sheltering Jake, his siblings and his mother. His mother and siblings escaped unharmed, but a piece of the inflamed ceiling fell on the 3-week-old puppy.Seven years later, Jake the pit bull from Ladson, S.C., is one of the semifinalists for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards out of 400 candidates from across the country.“When we got him out of the shed, he wasn’t breathing, wasn’t moving. I started doing mouth-to-snout until we got our pet oxygen mask,” said William L...

Fire danced on the shed walls, sheltering Jake, his siblings and his mother. His mother and siblings escaped unharmed, but a piece of the inflamed ceiling fell on the 3-week-old puppy.

Seven years later, Jake the pit bull from Ladson, S.C., is one of the semifinalists for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards out of 400 candidates from across the country.

“When we got him out of the shed, he wasn’t breathing, wasn’t moving. I started doing mouth-to-snout until we got our pet oxygen mask,” said William Lindler, Jake’s handler and one of the firefighters on the scene of that shed fire in 2015.

Jake was rushed to a local emergency vet’s office by a firetruck in Ladson. Jake began breathing on his own on the trip, but burns marred 75% of his tiny body.

His recovery took about three or four months, and on top of that, the young pit bull’s family abandoned him at the veterinarian’s office.

The office manager of the veterinarian clinic told Lindler that the family had been given options to proceed with Jake’s treatment and were left in the waiting room to fill out some forms.

“About five minutes later, they looked into the waiting room and they were gone,” Lindler said. “And they had just left the clipboard blank with the paperwork on it in the chair in the waiting room.”

After finding out what happened, Lindler automatically decided to adopt the puppy.

Jake followed Lindler to the fire station each day and was eventually sworn in as an Honorary Firefighter and the official mascot. The dog usually went with the team for truck rides and visited schools for fire prevention weeks with his dad.

When Jake wasn’t allowed to ride with the team to calls, things got a little messy. The first year Lindler had him, his wife bought Jake a TempurPedic dog bed for the station. Lindler and his team went out on a call and left Jake at the station because Lindler thought it was too late at night to take the dog along.

When Lindler got back, Jake was found standing on top of the kitchen table, staring at the firefighters with stuffing littered around him.

“It looked like it had snowed in the kitchen because he had totally destroyed that bed,” Lindler laughed. “He was accustomed to going with us on the trucks, but it was about 9 o’clock at night so I just decided to leave him at the station. Well, obviously, he did not like that very much.”

Jake was the star of Ladson’s City Hall and the schools during his three years as an ambassador. Although he had been burned badly, he was always happy to promote the positives and help out with demonstrations.

“The (students) absolutely loved him. I guess they thought it was the neatest thing that there was a puppy that wore a firefighter coat just like us and had a little helmet,” Lindler said.

Jake still carries fame today on social media, which led the American Humane Society to reach out to Lindler about entering Jake into the hero dog contest. His Instagram, “jakethefirepibble,” has more than 23,000 followers as of June 7.

“A couple of his canine buddies have competed in it in years past, and I always thought it was cool when they were doing it, but I never thought about, ‘Could I enter Jake? Should I enter Jake?” Lindler said.

Lindler said he hopes Jake’s story has a positive impact on everyone who’s heard it or has met Jake.

“Everyone has some form of scars, but you shouldn’t let those scars define you,” Lindler said. “(Jake’s injuries) do not slow him down one bit.”

Voting is open to choose the seven finalists in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and will close July 22 at 3 p.m.

If you’d like to vote for Jake in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and see the other nominees, visit www.herodogawards.org.

TELUS International establishing operations in Charleston County

$3.4 million initial investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022 COLUMBIA, S.C. – TELUS International, a customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers digital solutions for global brands, today announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The $3.4 million initial investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022.TELUS International provides multilingual digital customer experience and digital IT solutions to clients all ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – TELUS International, a customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers digital solutions for global brands, today announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The $3.4 million initial investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022.

TELUS International provides multilingual digital customer experience and digital IT solutions to clients all over the world. The company has over 56,000 team members, operates in more than 25 countries and partners with brands across high-growth industry verticals, including: technology and games; communications and media; eCommerce and fintech; healthcare and travel; and hospitality. In the United States, TELUS International also has operations in Folsom, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Located at 3450 Ingleside Boulevard in North Charleston, TELUS International’s new facility will increase the company’s operating capacity to meet growing customer demand.

TELUS International is currently welcoming team members into the new facility. Individuals interested in joining TELUS International should visit the company’s careers webpage.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.

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“We are thrilled to be expanding into North Charleston and tapping into the region’s attractive talent pool to support our company’s continued growth, as well as becoming more actively involved in the months and years ahead in community giving and volunteer initiatives to contribute to the health and well-being of the region’s citizens." -TELUS International Chief Operating Officer Chuck Koskovich

“We’re excited to welcome TELUS International to South Carolina and celebrate their decision to do business in our state. By creating approximately 1,200 new jobs in Charleston County, this company is making a commitment to the entire community that will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we couldn’t be more excited.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today, we congratulate TELUS International on the announcement of their first South Carolina operations. This $3.4 million initial investment and the creation of more than 1,200 new jobs represent a tremendous win for Charleston County and South Carolina.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We continue to prove ourselves as a destination to call on for business growth. This is a significant win for Charleston County, and we are thrilled with the addition of 1,200 jobs for our citizens.” -Charleston County Council Chair Teddie Pryor

"Our three-county region is a globally competitive destination for business, talent and entrepreneurs. TELUS International selected Charleston for its competitive advantages and business-friendly environment. This international company will be an important part of our market's growing global economy and IT community, and we look forward to its continued success." -Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Mike Fuller

Z-Man Wins Two ICAST Best of Show Awards

Ladson, SC (August 3, 2022) – Where guides fish on their days off creates a pretty tempting trail of breadcrumbs. A similar perception often applies to fishing tackle makers and their after-hours aquatic venues of choice. Want to know where the fish are biting? Tailpipe the trucks and boats of a true fish head straight to the ramp. Want to find out where the heart of a lure maker lies? Come to ICAST.“Even though we build over a hundred lures for freshwater fishing, most of us are saltwater junkies at heart...

Ladson, SC (August 3, 2022) – Where guides fish on their days off creates a pretty tempting trail of breadcrumbs. A similar perception often applies to fishing tackle makers and their after-hours aquatic venues of choice. Want to know where the fish are biting? Tailpipe the trucks and boats of a true fish head straight to the ramp. Want to find out where the heart of a lure maker lies? Come to ICAST.

“Even though we build over a hundred lures for freshwater fishing, most of us are saltwater junkies at heart,” admits Shane Clevenger, Creative Director for the coastal Charleston, South Carolina company.

“We’re surrounded by freshwater bass meccas like Santee-Cooper, Hartwell and Murray—and we spend plenty of time on those lakes,” adds Clevenger. “But given the freedom to cast anywhere, many of us launch along the Intracoastal Waterway and sling ElaZtech baits for redfish or seatrout. Even if we’re just testing or fine tuning a new Z-Man lure, having so many saltwater opportunities near the office provides a constant temptation. It’s all strictly in the name of research, of course.”

Not that Z-Man expected to win two New Product Showcase awards at the 2022 ICAST show. “But admittedly, we put a lot of heart and soul into our saltwater creations,” said Clevenger. “I guess you could say the ICAST wins validate all the passion and fishing time we put into our baits. Most days, we’re just out to catch fish with stuff that works, like every other angler on the water.”

Proving Clevenger’s point that Z-Man’s tackle architects carry street cred with the fishing media and tackle buyers—as well as everyday anglers— the company recently won ICAST awards for Best Saltwater Lure and Best Terminal Tackle. For the first time in company history, Z-Man earned Best of Show trophies for new products in two separate categories—both geared toward, though not necessarily exclusive to, saltwater.

Z-Man Kicker CrabZ™ (Best of Show – Saltwater Soft Lure) – The creation of Z-Man president and avid saltwater angler, Daniel Nussbaum, the Kicker CrabZ is perhaps the first soft crab bait that accurately mirrors the sideways-swimming antics of a live, snackable crustacean. Amid an abundance of crab lures with super-realistic physical features, the 3.5” Kicker CrabZ goes beyond the shell, giving anglers an active crab swimbait. Unlike most crab lures made to soak stationary on the bottom, the new Kicker CrabZ can be cast and actively retrieved or jigged and dragged along the bottom— single paddletail claw waving behind the crab’s body in that familiar, true-to-life motion.

“We’ve been playing with the idea of a side-swimming crab lure for the past five years,” noted Nussbaum. “To finally bring this product to life and witness its efficiency and appeal in inshore applications has been tremendously satisfying.”

During extensive test-fishing, Nussbaum said the Kicker CrabZ accounted for seven different species, including largemouth bass. “Suffice to say, we’re especially excited to hear from our customers and learn all about its other applications as the lure comes to market,” he added. “Honestly, winning the Best Saltwater Soft Lure award is just icing on the cake.”

The Z-Man DieZel Eye Jighead won ICAST’s Best of Show in new Terminal Tackle.

Z-Man DieZel Eye™ Jighead (Best of Show – Terminal Tackle) – Another elite collaborative effort between good friends at Z-Man and Eye Strike Fishing™, the DieZel Eye Jighead brings out the best in bigger 5+ inch ElaZtech® soft plastics, a glove-like match for the popular DieZel MinnowZ™ swimbait. Leading with colorful, predator-taunting eyeballs, the DieZel Eye jighead features a sticky-sharp 6/0 or 8/0 black nickel hook in 3/8- to 3-ounce sizes.

Exceptional among big-bait jigheads, each DieZel Eye arms itself with a cutting-edge Tri-Forge Power Hook. Forged on three sides, the specialized hook is significantly stronger than traditional two-sided hooks. The refined forging process also allows for use of a thinner gauge wire than the hooks on standard big bait jigheads, yielding superior hookpoint penetration.

“We’re honored to win this award for another cooperative project between Eye Strike and our friends at Z-Man,” said Dave Fladd, co-owner of Eye Strike Fishing. “Beginning with our proven concept that predators strike the eye, the DieZel Eye Jigheads give anglers a bulletproof tool for rigging and presenting bigger ElaZtech baits, including 5- and 7-inch DieZel MinnowZ.

The DieZel Eye Jighead is built to tame big ElaZtech plastics and the predators that attack ’em.

“Receiving recognition from the fishing industry really validates the power of combining the brainpower and fishing expertise of two great companies,” adds Fladd. “ElaZtech baits and Eye Strike Jigs together are definitely greater than the sum of their parts.”

In response to strong angler demand, Z-Man plans to ship the Kicker CrabZ, DieZel Eye Jighead and all other New-for-2023 Products to outdoor retailers by August/September—ample time to tap fall bites nationwide.

When retail goods are returned, SC liquidators stand ready to make a profit

The pandemic-fueled boom in retail sales, particularly from online shopping, has given rise to a new type of entrepreneur — the person willing to flip all of the merchandise consumers decided they didn’t really want for a profit.Liquidation sales are among the fastest-growing segments of the retail industry as a record $761 billion worth of goods were returned in 2021, accor...

The pandemic-fueled boom in retail sales, particularly from online shopping, has given rise to a new type of entrepreneur — the person willing to flip all of the merchandise consumers decided they didn’t really want for a profit.

Liquidation sales are among the fastest-growing segments of the retail industry as a record $761 billion worth of goods were returned in 2021, according to a study by the National Retail Federation. While some of that merchandise makes its way back to major retailers’ shelves, an increasing number is being sold, either by the pallet or in discount bins, by liquidators who see gold in someone else’s castoffs.

Tim Morris remembers he first heard about such sales shortly after COVID-19 hit. A co-owner of a Ladson towing business for roughly 20 years, Morris said he decided to sell liquidation merchandise on the side after visiting one of the North Carolina warehouses where returned goods from retailers like Target and Dollar General are sold at auction or for a set price per bundle.

“One day, just out of the blue, we decided to go to North Carolina and check out the (warehouse) and I wound up buying a semi-truck load of merchandise,” Morris said, explaining how KT Bins & more was born.

At first, Morris would simply unbundle all the goods and sell them in a small store next to the towing company’s office. But after a while, he saw the market for reselling entire pallets purchased directly from the liquidation warehouse. Such pallets might contain multiple boxes of the same product — a recent offering included nearly a dozen fire pits, for example — or a bunch of related goods, like lawn mowers and a sprinkle of other yard and garden tools.

“We started selling a few pallets and then we said, ‘You know, let’s get into the pallet business. There’s no one else close by doing it.’ ”

On sunny days, Morris lines his palleted merchandise at the front of his business along U.S. Highway 78 to attract passersby. While KT Bins & More is only open three days a week, it attracts a steady stream of new and return customers.

“We have a pretty good crowd,” Morris said, adding that inflation has more people looking for bargains.

The liquidation market has more than doubled since 2008 to $664 billion a year, according to a CNBC report citing a study by Colorado State University. The National Retail Federation said nearly 17 percent of all merchandise consumers purchased in 2021 was returned, up from 10.6 percent the previous year. Returns are even greater for online sales — nearly 21 percent in 2021.

The boom is being driven by a record amount of imported retail goods moving through the Port of Charleston and other major seaports during the past couple of years. When online sales skyrocketed during the pandemic shutdowns, spurred in part by a series of stimulus payouts, retailers began ordering extra products to meet demand. They also started placing orders far earlier than ever before for seasonal goods, like back-to-school and holiday merchandise.

Supply chain snarls kept much of that merchandise tied up at ports or distribution centers, rather than on store shelves, and when retailers finally got the goods, they found demand had shifted. These days, inflation and an economic slowdown have left retailers with a glut of products, and some shoppers are sending back the merchandise they once couldn’t live without.

Processing a return can cost retailers up to two-thirds of a product’s original price, CNBC reported. So retailers are more often deciding to forgo putting merchandise ranging from clothing and kitchen items to electronics and power tools back on a shelf. Instead, they’re selling it to warehouses like the one Liquidity Services operates in North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Recently, the warehouse on Armory Road offered a pallet containing 223 pounds of returned toys and games from Target, which fetched $505. Another bundle of eight pallets containing name-brand tools and hardware with a retail price of nearly $15,000 sold for $2,900, better than an 80 percent discount.

Much of that merchandise will wind up on eBay, Poshmark or other online outlets for secondhand goods, at flea markets or at stores like KT Bins & More, where pallets arrive by tractor-trailer — at least one, often more — every week. Morris said he goes through all the merchandise he buys to make sure it’s in good working condition.

He’s not the only entrepreneur looking to cash in on returned goods.

Elise Milbrandt owns the Amazing Bins store in Ladson, which has wooden bins packed with more than 150,000 new items each week. Milbrandt buys tractor-trailer loads of liquidated merchandise, such as a recent haul of $500,000 worth of shoes, that’s sold at lower prices the longer they sit in a bin. New stock is loaded on Saturday, when goods sell for $7 per item. By Tuesday, whatever is left goes for $2 per item. The rest of the week is spent purchasing more goods and restocking for the next Saturday’s debut.

“What you can expect to find in our store is over 30 large bins filled with everything from car parts to Cartier and Gucci to groceries and everything in between,” Milbrandt says on the store’s website. Recent items have included bath bombs, memory-foam mattresses, area rugs and Keurig coffee makers.

Milbrandt said she and her husband, Mike, got the idea to open Amazing Bins in 2020 after visiting similar stores in the Upstate. Among the most valuable items customers have found in the store’s bins include a pair of 18-karat gold rings — verified by a jeweler — and a leather purse sporting Gucci’s trademark double-G logo. While Milbrandt said she’s not qualified to authenticate such items, it’s the thrill of finding a hidden treasure that lures many people to the store.

“The lady who bought it said, ‘Gucci, Foochee, I don’t care — it’s a beautiful black bag and it’s leather and I’m thrilled’,” Milbrandt said. “For $7 you get a real leather purse that brings you joy, I say that’s a win.”

There are similar setups across South Carolina, such as Palmetto Pallets in Florence, Bargain Bins in Williston and Barnwell, Dig A Deal in Abbeville and Bin Time stores in Mauldin and Anderson, where customers regularly line up hours ahead of opening time to be the first to sort through the week’s new merchandise.

“Typically, we have a few hundred people waiting outside” on days when new stock is introduced, Michael Prendamano, owner of The Bin Store in North Augusta, told that city’s WJBF television station.

Summerville resident Chad Brown said he visits KT Bins & More often to see what new merchandise might be available for the home he’s trying to furnish.

“There’s always good stuff here,” he said. “Last weekend, we bought a Rigid shop-vac, some fans and a little tabletop heater.”

Like many consumers, Brown also buys some items to resell. He recently bought a $150 pallet with a pair of propane fire pits, keeping one and selling the other to recoup some of his money.

“Any pallet here, if there’s something you need or something way on the bottom that you think looks nice, buy it because you’re going to make out,” he said.

Lowcountry Mental Health Conference celebrates 10th year

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Around 1,300 people attended the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference over the span of three days at the Gaillard Center.More than 90 booths were set up for the conference, all for one thing: to talk about mental health."Mental health is for all of us. We are trying to move the conversation forward about mental health and how to become more mentally well," said David Diana, the director of the conferenc...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Around 1,300 people attended the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference over the span of three days at the Gaillard Center.

More than 90 booths were set up for the conference, all for one thing: to talk about mental health.

"Mental health is for all of us. We are trying to move the conversation forward about mental health and how to become more mentally well," said David Diana, the director of the conference.

Diana said mental health is something everyone should focus on, because if you take care of yourself, then you can help others. He said spreading awareness about mental health is key.

"We try to bring more attention to what the issues are, what these problems might be, what stressors might be so people can identify them. Then they can see if they do have an issue, they can realize, 'hey, maybe I need help,'" said Diana.

One of the many booths at the conference was Mental Health Heroes, a non-profit that immediately helps those who are in need. If someone goes to the Dorchester or Charleston mental health center and expresses a dire need to their counselor, then Mental Health Heroes can step in.

"We see immediate results for people that are on the edge or at the tipping point. They could be homeless, they could be arrested or they could be going to the emergency room. What we try to do is give them the resources immediately so they can avoid those three situations," said Mark Hood, board member of Mental Health Heroes.

The non-profit helps around 500 people a year with a wide range of things.

"It can be anything from eyewear, dentures, clothing, transportation, part-time employment, tools, car repairs. It's anything," said Hood.

Hood said helping people get through tough times is what they are there for. He has worked in mental health for more than 20 years, and his passion is help people.

"I was always fascinated with the mind. I was always fascinated with how people get better, and how people get sick. What are the ingredients besides medication and therapy, what are the ingredients that help people get back on the road to recovery?" said Hood.

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