All the furniture I own is really solid, high quality, and expensive pieces. However, I’ve never paid full price for any piece of furniture, ever. I’m a frugal girl who wants the best but lives within a budget so here’s my tricks for getting only the furniture I love, want and works.
1. If I can’t afford to buy it, I wait. I never “make do” with furniture. Why spend money on something you’re not in-love with? Put that money towards what you do love and you’ll find that soon enough, you’ll have what you want without wasting money on what you don’t
2. Make friends with sales people. I know which stores work for me in terms of style and construction. I make friends with the sales people who often offer me employee discounts or friends and family discounts. Also, they’ll let me know when a particular piece goes on sale or when a floor model becomes available.
3. Know what you want, when it came in, and how long it’s been there. This is especially great for stores like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma or any other chain. If I fall in-love with a piece of furniture (as I did with my TV console table), I make note of when it arrived. Certain pieces are “staples” and very seldom go on-sale. But some are seasonal styles so I just keep checking in every couple of weeks to see when they’re getting rid of the styles. I noticed that the TV consoles they had on display were becoming fewer and fewer. So I kept asking how many they had in stock until one day they had just the display model. I said I’d buy it but I noticed a few knicks (on the back). So I talked them down from their sale price another 30%. Original price: $699. My price? $225 including tax.
4. Outlets. Now, be very, very careful about outlets. A lot of stores make products just for outlets and these are usually of lesser quality. Or you get damaged goods or rejects here. However, you sometimes just get last seasons goods. For me, I scour websites of products I like so I know what the original value is worth and when it’s going on sale or not. I bought two beautiful solid benches that were $500 a piece for $125 a piece along with a little setee and storage bench for linens.
5. Floor models. Recently, I found the largest desk imaginable of solid wood and fell in-love because it would doubled as a kitchen table and look fabulous with my benches. The problem? The desk was $1600. However, there was a floor model they said was scratched and had it on sale for $599. I made comments about the size and something else and got another 10% off. Perfect! I also bought my fridge as a floor model – perfect condition but I saved 15%!
6. Cash! I’ve paid cash on a lot of big ticket items such as my couch. I adore my couch; it’s custom maid with down filled pillows in a matalasie cover. It’s also enormous! The store was having a no-tax day event but I offered to pay cash for a 5% discount. I saved close to $700 and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve made.
7. Specials. Usually specials aren’t specials so be cautious. But I recently bought a set of All-Clad cookware which, buying as a set, saved $150. But they offered three bonus products; a grill pan (worth $125), grill cookware (worth $100) and a grill book.
I’ve used all these tactics from bedding to kitchen goods to bedding. I get the very best without the pricetag and I never settle for second best. I’d rather go without than have something I don’t love cluttering up my home. Why waste money? Besides, a home is not about decor but about reflecting you. So be selective about what you put into your home and by using the rules above, you really can have what you love and not a second rate version of what someone else does.