Coming from 5+ years in the furniture industry, I know first hand that some major furniture retailers have a huge markup on furniture.
That isn’t to say that you don’t get what you pay for.
You want to be careful that you are comparing the quality between the different products you are considering and not just aesthetics. The good news is, if you’re a smart shopper you can often find great look-a-likes for a fraction of the cost!
A few tips to keep in mind are, always compare “apples to apples”, and decide what’s most important to you when cutting costs!
Would you be ok with a softer wood species if it’s a distressed piece that will get marked up anyways? Would you consider veneer? Are you ok with an imported item vs. one that’s made right here in America?
In comparison shopping the rugs above, I checked to see what they were made of and how they were made.
Both rugs are hand loomed (vs. machine made) and both are imported, as most rugs are.
However, the biggest surprise I found was that the “splurge” rug is made from 70% viscose (manufactured cotton byproduct) and 30% natural cotton, while the “steal” rug is made from 100% natural cotton.
For the table, I checked out a few other considerations; what type of wood are they constructed from and where was each table manufactured?
The “splurge” table is made from 100% reclaimed pine. Reclaimed wood is a great sustainable choice and offers a beautiful, authentic distressed look.
The “steal” table is also constructed from solid hardwoods. However, the specific wood species is not identified and the distressing was added during the manufacturing process.
If you’re ok with less authentic distressing you can certainly get the look for less! You really can’t beat the price of the “steal” table from World Market.
I actually own this table myself and it’s been a dream. I’ve had the table for over two years now and it’s held up great amongst many a dinner party!
Thanks for following and keep an eye out for more Splurge vs. Steal savings!
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