DaaBINs are filled to Daa brim: Find discounted resell items at Ames store


Mikayla Alt

DaaBIN store is located at 500 Main St. STE 101.

Saturday before 9 a.m., people are lined up outside of DaaBIN Store, waiting to enter the shop after its weekly restock.

Over 30 large gray bins are filled to the brim with unopened boxes, shipping packages and anything else imaginable. The walls are lined with larger boxes, and racks of clothes sit at the back of the store.

The bins are unpredictable as the inventory changes every week, but the employees attempt to make some bins uniform if possible. Because the inventory is completely random, the employees will even sometimes discover items while restocking the bins.

“I’ve gotten a couple of high [priced] phones before, so those are things we try to pull, and we do fun giveaways or post the phone on a Facebook live that [the store] has a phone in the bins to hype [the viewers] up,” Cody Geerdes, the store manager said.

Some bins contained beauty products, books and food, but most of the bins were filled with miscellaneous boxes with handwritten labels.

Other random oddities found in the bins include dog supplies, shoes, a whole box of canned mandarin oranges, a hamburger Pop It and anything else that can be shipped.

DaaBIN Store first opened in October 2021 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, DaaBIN franchise now has 14 locations in Iowa, North Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Ames location opened Aug.13 and is located at 500 Main St. STE 101.

DaaBIN Store is an acronym for Delaney, Amanda, Andy and Beau Weichers, the family of four that started the franchise.

Amy Weichers and Andy Weichers started the company for their son’s, Beau Weichers, future. Beau Weicher was born with an intellectual disability, and the family wanted to create a community that would hire, train and pay real wages to others like him.

The website states that “inclusion will always be important to [the Weichers family].”

The bins in all of the DaaBIN stores are filled with overstock and returned items from major online retailers.

It is common to see packages in the bins from Amazon, Walmart, Target and many other brand name retailers.

DaaBIN’s hours and prices per day:

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ; $7 per bin item
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ; $5 per bin item
Monday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ; $3 per bin item
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ; $1 per bin item
Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 4p.m. ; $10 to fill a bag of items

DaaBIN closes the store and restocks their inventory every Thursday and Friday. Saturday at 9 a.m. is when the store opens with fresh stock, and the store will see anywhere from 300 to 800 people throughout the day.

A couple thousand people will visit DaaBIN Store every week. Customers enjoy rummaging around the bins. Some do it for fun while others do it for resale.

The DaaBIN website encourages its customers to shop as resellers. There is a tab on the website that posts pictures customers have sent in of their top finds in the stores.

DaaBIN encourages customers to “Dig for Daa deals yourself,” on their website’s top finds tab. Some pictures show resellers finding Rumbas, Airpods, Apple Watches and many other high ticket items.

“I enjoy coming to this kind of thing; it’s kind of fun snouting,” Ken Hawcott, a customer, said.

Hawcott goes to DaaBIN Store to shop for his grandkids, finding different unique toys each time for them.

Sara Bergenson and her family enjoy going to DaaBIN store and made a motto stating, “We’re only going to buy things we can use or gifts, and that makes it fun.”

For the majority of items in the bins, DaaBIN store is cheaper than going to the store.

“I’m going to grab a box for each of my family members, not open it, take it home and wrap it for them [for Christmas as presents],” Bergenson said.

Learn more about DaaBin Store at their website.