Foiled Plans & A Shopping Tip

by Kelsey Norwood

in Shopping

We weren’t actually able to go pick raspberries yesterday. Sad. Fortunately, I called the place before we left and found out that the farm was closed because of rain so our raspberry/freezer jam party was postponed.

Something else exciting happened, though, and I learned a great…

Furniture Buying Tip

I’ve been wanting a big comfy arm chair for our bedroom, and it takes me a while to decide what I want and then even longer to actually spend the money. We went to Down East on Saturday ready to buy, and?!? They no longer carry the chair I wanted. Typical. But they had another chair that I liked even better, for only $20 more!

Down East sells clothing and overstock/imperfect furniture from high end places like Pottery Barn, etc. I found this really comfortable chair and a half for $420, but there was a big spot on the bottom of one side. The manager said it came in like that and was the reason for the already discounted price, so no, I could not get another discount.

Well, I happen to be a pretty persistent person so I asked the manager again a little later, pointing out the same chair in another color that didn’t have the spot. He said he would see what he could do, and knocked $120 off the price! I got this awesome and beautiful chair for $299.


Basically, when you’re shopping for big ticket items, remember that their profit margin is pretty big so they can afford to knock a bit off for you if they feel like that’s the only way they’ll get the sale. You have to be persistent and make them think that you’re going to walk out and never come back if they don’t give you a good deal. And it never hurts to examine the item really closely to find any small defect or imperfection, because they’ll almost always lower the price for something like that.

I was so excited to get such a good deal, and all because I pestered the guy a bit, which I don’t mind doing at all. A little pestering can save you hundreds of dollars, so next time you are in the market for some furniture, remember to ask and then ask again. If you need some coaching, let me know.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christi Otis September 2, 2008 at 12:15 am

Such a cute little couch! Great buying tip! :)

2 Elizabeth M. September 2, 2008 at 1:26 am

I do that sometimes but sometimes I just chicken out. I’m proud of you!

3 Joe Girl September 2, 2008 at 3:48 am

Ohhh, looks so yummy, and so VANILLA! Is it corduroy? Velvet? Looks sooooo cozy (cosy?). Congrats on a great find, and a fantastic price. Well done!

4 Leea Shelton September 2, 2008 at 5:01 am

I have that chair in sage green along with the ottoman, it is sooooooo comfortable ….Enjoy!

5 Bethany September 2, 2008 at 5:23 am

Great chair and a great deal. Way to go!

6 Michelle September 2, 2008 at 5:38 am

Whoo hooo.. gotta love that! I bet if you and my husband went together, it would have been free..LOL!!

7 Robyn September 2, 2008 at 5:59 am

I think if I sat in that chair, I wouldn’t want to go anywhere all day long. :) GOod job on the price negotiating.

8 Monica September 2, 2008 at 7:55 am

Just another reason why I love DownEast!!!! Good bargaining.

9 Peg September 2, 2008 at 8:30 am

Great find and deal! Congrats on that new, comfy chair. It always pays to bargain.

10 Kelsey September 2, 2008 at 9:08 am

Thanks for being excited for me! I love our chair – and my husband and I can both sit in it, although it’s a little cramped. Nothing wrong with close quarters though, right? To answer one of your questions, it’s like velvety fabric, probably some kind of microfiber. It’s so soft and comfy. It’s a little bit for the space, but our bedroom is rather small as master bedrooms go, so when we move it’ll be perfect…not that we’re thinking about moving. Thanks for sharing my find!

11 Baba September 2, 2008 at 9:44 am

Good way to bargain! I love to do that!

12 Jessica September 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm

great chair! makes me want to go get some furniture.
oh, and you are so right about being persistent to get what you want from the sales reps…it just takes wearing down.

13 Jen T September 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Bummer about the raspberries! I do tons of strawberry freezer jam in the spring. We do about 6 batches and that lasts us for about a year. My kids do not like store bought jam, they are spoiled by the freezer jam. My grandma makes raspberry jam. She just uses frozen raspberries most of the time, and it works great, so if you can’t get fresh ones, try the frozen. Freezer jam is super easy!

Love the chair! Looks very comfy! A great chair to cuddle up and read a good book! Enjoy!

14 Trish Gilliam September 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Dang! What a steal! Love it! Makes you wonder why he just wouldn’t discount the other one?! SIlly Sales ppl! One of the biggest thing I miss about UT is DownEast! We dont have those here in North Carolina. So glad you called ahead to the raspberry place. That would have been sad to drive all the way there, for a closed sign! Smart thinking! Love your Blog by the way! So much helpful information all packed in one place! Thank You!!

15 Angel S. September 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Love the chair!! I could do some serious reading in that chair!

16 Sue D September 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Great deal on the chair! It looks really comfy. I’ll keep your tips in mind the next time we have a big purchase to make.

17 Kimberly R September 15, 2008 at 9:32 am

That is a nice chair. Looks like you could curl right up in it with a good book. I know wth Michigan winters – those moments sometimes come often. Enjoy the chair and the relaxing that comes with it.

18 Q September 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I love that chair – I’ve been looking for a chair and a half so I can curl up and read or just gaze out the window. If only we had a Down East store around here! :) Way to go on the deal you got!

19 Amy Rhoads September 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm

You can’t even see the spot! Go you for being persistent. I am learning and getting better at that. Thanks for the encouraging words. We can all use tips on how to save money.

20 Meshellyn September 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I am lacking on the persistence part of this! I’ve heard you can always try to negotiate furniture, but have never been successful. Maybe next time I’ll have to reread this post for encouragement before I try to make a deal. Great tip!

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