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Some years ago a number of peculiar shops began popping up in discreet locations near my hometown. They all shared the same characteristics. Each was:
Naturally, I was quite suspicious at first. 'Was this some sort of money laundering scheme? Was the merchandise stolen? Where did all this... this... good stuff- name brand stuff - come from? ' All of these questions played in my head like a broken record, while my heart raced with excitement at seeing the deeply discounted prices.
But I didn't trust it. So I refused to buy anything.
That is until I did a little research. You see, stores like Wayfair, Joss & Main, All Modern, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other major retailers have sort of gotten themselves into a somewhat unavoidable revolving door. In an effort to keep up with rapidly changing trends, consumer demands, and to remain relevant in their market, they stock their warehouses with tons of the latest must haves. But when the demand for the product(s) decline, the company is left with warehouses filled with unsold merchandise.
It's called the "Bullwhip effect." No industry- clothing, food, or suppliers of household goods- is immune to it. When the boomerang or Bullwhip strikes, suppliers can handle their left over merchandise in a number of ways. They can:
As you can see, the items are sold "as is", and all sales are final. So be sure to take good measurements if you're furnishing a home.
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Other items, although new, were floor models or slightly damaged during transit. So it's a good idea to ask the warehouse owner to pull the entire piece into the open so that you can examine it carefully before making a purchase.
Can you imagine the money you would save furnishing your or a client's home with these discounted items? If you were thinking of starting a home staging or interior styling business, warehouses like this make the idea totally within reach! You can even purchase rugs, curtains, bedding and artwork here!
That red chair and ottoman are just everything, right? The lumbar pillow is from Bed Bath & Beyond, but in my excitement I forgot to get the price.
I tried desperately to get out of this store without spending a dime. Remember in this post how I explained that I hate spending money. WELL... I had a moment of weakness when I spotted this lovely lamp sitting all alone, and looking for a home. There are three possible rooms where it would be suitable in my home, it doesn't look like every run-of-the-mill lamp that I've been seeing, and it's super solid. So I figured it was worth the $39 bucks.
It was absolutely perfect.
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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