First, when you’re shopping the clearance areas, it’s
important to not have anything to specific in mind. Be open
to everything that is available and consider all of your options.
You never know which pieces will go to clearance and how quickly
things will get scooped up; so clearance shopping is not for
one item in particular. Be ready to be flexible and creative
with what’s available.
Secondly, it’s important to shop often. While you need
to be open-minded, clearance shopping doesn’t mean that
you need to settle. If at first you don’t succeed—try
again! Revisit the clearance areas frequently, and test out
different store’s clearance as well.
Creativity is a key when shopping clearance. You’ll
need to consider mixing and matching patterns or pieces that
don’t necessarily come in a set. While it takes a little
more imagination and planning, buying furniture in this way
will also guarantee you a completely unique look to your space.
And see beyond what is right in front of you. If you like the
shape of a couch, for example, and the price is right, but
you’re not sold on the color, consider the cost to recover
it in a new fabric. It might still end up being cheaper than
a full-price sofa and you’ll be able to get exactly what
Finally, when it comes to clearance, don’t forget to
negotiate. As furniture stores move items into sale rooms,
they’re really looking to clear their inventory. They
might be more willing to part with something at a greater discount
just to get it out of the way. Most clearance pieces are sold “as
is” so be sure to carefully inspect the furniture as
well, keeping in mind that negligible damage can be used in
the negotiation process.
Insider Tip – Ask the furniture store how often they
take additional mark downs in their clearance areas. Many stores
will systematically reduce these areas.
Insider Tip – Ask for minor touch up or repair of clearance
items as a method to get a better deal.