Leanbean in Germany

Military wife trying to figure out this military life

Room and Board Outlet June 24, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — leanbean @ 8:13 am

Before the big move, impulse buys were made.  Expensive impulse buys from Room and Board Outlet.  I chalk it up to nerves and the fear of living with Joe’s maroon and forest green plaid couch.  Joe was at survival training and could not be reached and without someone telling me “No we can’t buy furniture!  What do we need with that stuff?!?” I went ahead and made the biggest single purchase of my life.  Today I can say I am incredibly happy with the impulse buy and do not regret my rash decision.  

If you have ever been into a Room and Board store but find the prices too steep, I would definitely recommend making a trip to Minneapolis if possible.  At the outlet you can find, couches, kitchen tables, chairs, ottomans, beds, dressers, lighting, etc.  Most of the things in the outlet can still be found at their main stores.  I was curious why the pieces were at the outlet and I was informed they were either floor models or things people returned they could no longer sell at full price.   The only catch is, purchases made at the outlet are final sale. 

This past Saturday I visited the Room and Board Outlet while my bestie Sarah attended a birthing class.  I stood in line fifteen minutes before open, along with thirty to forty other people.  From the looks of it people go in pairs, so one person can hover over a piece they want while the other runs around the store looking for other great deals.  Having a strategy is good idea.  I would suggest going to the regular store and finding pieces you like and praying they are at the outlet for 1/3 or even 1/2 of the price.  The way it works is, you find a piece you like and hover, staring at an employee to give them the impression they need to tag the item as purchased.  The tags hold the furniture for an hour.  If the piece is still on the floor once the one hour is up (once something is purchased, it is immediately taken off the floor), it becomes fair game again.  The place can become a mad house and certain things (such as beds) go very fast.  I would suggest getting there early, before opening to ensure you have the best selection possible.  

The rows and rows of couches:

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The Reese Sectional:

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The thousand dollar price drop for the Reese:

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Cheat Sheet:

When walking in the front door:

-Immediate left: Kitchen Tables and Chairs

-Immediate right: Bedroom furniture – this is often the smallest section

– Middle left: Rows and rows of couches

– Back middle: More couches

– Back left: Cabinetry (sideboards, bookshelves, media centers) and Rugs

-Back right: Love seats, chairs, ottomans

– Lighting and mirrors have been in different spots every trip I’ve made but they do have a small selection somewhere in the store.

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