Last year I had a health crisis – the supplements I’d been taking for years suddenly jumped remarkably in price, at the same time my local supplier pulled up stakes and retired. Having always wondered if these little pills were really any good, I soon found out. After a couple of weeks I felt like somebody had poured wet cement in my pants, I could hardly move. My energy level went through the floor, and I started to feel old and tired all the time. Worse, my skin dried up and started to itch, and I got psoriasis – little bleeding sores, I thought I had skin cancer!
So I went to my other doctor – Google – and searched my supplements. I found a couple of suppliers online, but they only carried supplements, and I only needed the one, so the shipping charges made it even more expensive. Then I found Lucky Vitamin – wow! Now I buy almost EVERYTHING I need around my house through this online catalog store from Vermont.
These guys have everything from supplements to dental care to “beauty” products, housewares, clothing, even furniture. They even sell this fancy wood fired pizza oven, but that’s a little over my head.
They even carry Maggie’s Organic Socks, less than five bucks! Don’t tell me what they charge for Maggies at Chico Natural, I don’t want to have a hissy fit.
And here’s the real whammy – they SHIP FREE ON ORDERS OF $49 OR MORE! Which is huge – supplements add up fast, and when you add everything from toothpaste and brushes and bath soap and dish soap and laundry soap – next thing you know, you’ve got $50 worth of stuff. Oh, and don’t forget, those wintertime homeopathic rememedies – they’ve got everything.
I used to buy these products at Raley’s, which up until now had the best selection of “alternative” brands, like Dr. Bronners and Kiss My Face. Ever since childhood, I been “sensitive” to perfumes, so I have had to seek out the “alternative” brands in all my household products. There are only a few stores in town that carry these brands, and they really tend to mark them up. Raley’s was always the cheapest, but never had a particularly large or reliable selection, so oftentimes I was coming home empty-handed, or having to settle for the best I could get, usually at a price that made me feel had.
Lucky Vitamin has products I’ve never even seen, made by brands I’ve used for years. Soap has always been a problem for me, ugly rashes, bleeding sores, eversince I was a tiny kid. My parents never knew it was the soap and laundry detergent, our family doctor was a clueless old man who thought everything should hurt. As soon as I found out about perfumes and dyes, I never touched the big name brands again, I don’t even like walking through that aisle at the grocery store. For years I used one brand of cheap glycerin soap I found at the big grocery stores. It wasn’t the greatest, and it wasn’t always there. There are a couple of fantastic locally made bars at S&S, but way overpriced, and they melt too fast, you practically have to keep them in a sandwich bag. Now, through Lucky Vitamin, I found bar soap by Kiss My Face and other brands I like, for half the price I would pay, if they even carried the stuff, at Raleys. I found local stores really gouge on these products, to the point, I wasn’t able to get what my family needed.
It’s funny, not all products are that much cheaper through Lucky Vitamin – in fact, a bottle of Dr. Bronners is actually a couple of dollars more, go figure. I continue to buy my Bronner’s at Raleys, but I catch it on sale. There are other comparable products at Lucky Vitamin, I don’t have to depend on Dr. Bronners so much anymore, anyway.
The best products I’ve found are dental products – a swedish made toothbrush for $1.41, 100 yards of good tooth floss for about $3 – 30 yards will run you more at the store. I’ve found a brand of mouthwash I had previously bought at Raleys for a good $2 more a bottle – and Lucky Vitamin has ALL THE FLAVORS, not just the one they offered at Raleys.
I make about an order a month. I order things like laundry and dish soap in big quantities, they provide the “anchor” for my $100 order, then I add the little stuff to fill in. My supplements are another “anchor.” I never buy anything I don’t need, and I can’t think of a new product I’ve tried that I haven’t liked.
The cherry on top is home delivery, from UPS. It’s free, so it isn’t instant, but it always comes within a week, on exactly the day they tell me it will arrive, usually at the same time. We’ve had the same UPS carrier for many years. He’s delivered stuff to every house we have lived in. When he delivers to the neighbors, he waves at my kitchen window, cause he’s knows that’s where I am at least 30 percent of my waking day. He brings my laundry soap and my vitamins and my shampoo and my toothbrushes right to my gate.
Of course, he brings bicycle parts and hockey sticks and shoes and all kinds of stuff – my family has gone almost completely online to shop these days. I’ll share some of my other fave sites with you another time, for now, check out Lucky Vitamin!