"I Had No Idea We Would Become a Leader in Buying
Overstock, Closeout and Excess Inventory"

Merchandise USA

In 1985, while in my final year at NIU, I was beginning to wonder exactly what I was going to do with my life. I had a major in journalism, a minor in advertising, no game plan, no strategy, and no desire to work at a traditional 9-5 job.

While trying to figure this out, I heard about a company in Downtown, Chicago that was going out of business. They were a wholesale dancewear distributor incorporated in the 1960's, and after many years they found themselves in a difficult overstock situation. The building was filled top to bottom with consumer goods, and the company needed to liquidate quickly. I met with the owner who was retiring to Florida, and on a handshake we made an agreement that would change my life forever.

Although I had no idea what was going to happen, I bought their entire excess inventory with money I had been saving since childhood. I rented a U-Haul truck and moved the inventory from an old multi story building back to my parents house, where the living room was converted into a make shift warehouse. With a little confidence and a lot of faith I managed to graduate college, liquidate everything within a few months, invest the profits into more wholesale merchandise, and begin building this company. Today we sell all categories of surplus, overstock, excess and closeout merchandise.

Although there have been speed bumps (and a few collisions) along the way. We grew from a living room, to a small storefront, to a 2,700 square foot garage, to a 7,000 square foot space, then 10,000 square feet, then 30,000 square feet, and today we occupy more than 100,000 square feet of space. We are one of the most respected surplus liquidators in the industry.

Thanks to our excellent customer and vendor relationships, in 2018 we will celebrate our 33rd year in business.

-Jay Lazar, President