As a family owned furniture business, we know the tricks and trades of the business..As a family, we have bought furniture out in the retail stores before owning our company.
So here are a few tips that we have learned while shopping personally for furnishings, and selling furniture.
What Is The Value? – Is the price that they are asking FAIR in return for the QUALITY of the product? E.G. would you pay $999 for a bedroom suite that is Laminate & Veneer, or $1199 for a solid wood set?
Go for Quality NOT Quantity– Buy a few quality pieces at a time, rather than buying a bunch of junk at once that won’t last.
Ask Questions– If a sales personnel says “This is leather” , respond with “What Kind?”
Ex : Is it bonded leather that will look like a peeling raisin in 8 months, or is it Top Grain Leather that will age like Halle Berry?
Be An Educated Consumer- Before you go shopping, make sure that you know the basics about what you are shopping for. Ex: What type of woods are best for furniture, what type of fabrics are most durable for children and pets.
Know What You Are Looking For- One of the most common things we hear after asking a customer what they need help finding is “I’ll know when I see it.” Most consumers do not realize that just wildly looking for something is the main way to be dissatisfied with their purchase. Take your time thinking about what you are going to buy. Your furniture is an investment. Don’t just act on a whim and buy something that sounds good in the moment.
Shop Around Before You Buy– As you are looking around at furniture you will notice that everything starts to look the same. That’s mainly because a lot of manufactures and distributors copy-cat each other’s best sellers. Search around to see who has the best price.
You Don’t Need To Keep Up With The Jones’s – Just because something is expensive and name brand does not mean it isn’t the same quality as something for 1/3 the price.