The Bargain Store is Dolly Parton's 15th solo studio album and was released in 1975. In the Parton-penned title track, one of her best-known compositions, she used worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store as a metaphor for a woman damaged by an ill-fated relationship. The song was dropped from a number of country stations' playlists when programmers mistook the line "you can easily afford the price" as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution. Despite the decreased airplay, the song nonetheless topped the U.S. country singles charts in April 1975.
The album was largely made up of Parton's own compositions but also contained Merle Haggard's "You'll Always Be Special to Me". (Haggard, in turn, covered Parton's "Kentucky Gambler", from this album, later in 1975.)
The album was re-released for the first time in December 2013. It was made available as a digital download on iTunes. This is the first time the songs "When I'm Gone", "The Only Hand You'll Need to Hold", "I Want to Be What You Need", "Love to Remember", "You'll Always Be Special to Me", "He Would Know" and "I'll Never Forget" are available outside the original LP, cassette and eight-track releases of the album.