How do you know you're really getting a good deal during a furniture store's "Going out of Business Sale"? Follow these tips from local furniture craftsman Mark Gatterdam to ensure you won't have buyer's regret once your new addition comes home.
1. Shop locally: Not only will you save on shipping costs by choosing
companies who keep their sales and manufacturing processes in a small
geographic area, but you'll also help stimulate the local economy.
2. Look for quality: A good quality item is one that will last you as long
as it will take to reproduce the raw materials that go into the
construction of that item. Look for a manufacturer's warranty that
you can live with. And also, furniture which looks as good on the inside as
it does on the outside is a sign of quality. Pull out a drawer!
3. Google your local handyman: Look for items that are repairable. Not only
is a repair greener for the environment, but also it can be less costly
than purchasing a new item.
4. Think creatively: Before plunking down your hard-earned money on a
gorgeous item, consider any future alternative uses. For example,
yesterday's TV armoires are today's bookcases and stereo
5. Get comfy: Your salesperson is your best resource in a furniture store,
and you should not feel obligated to oblige a salesperson who makes you
6. Don't settle: Furniture is an investment which should not leave you
second-guessing yourself. If you cannot find a piece of furniture which
matches your needs, you may find customization to be the best option
despite the increase in cost.