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Are there any REAL DEALS on furniture shopping in North Carolina? Is it worth a trip?!

Are there any REAL DEALS on furniture shopping in North Carolina? Is it worth a trip?!

Old Aug 9th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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My $0.02...we researched a new bedroom suite locally in SC (we're only 2.5 hours from High Point). Once we found what we wanted, we called dealers in HP, got price quotes, including shipping. The best part for us was this - I took those quotes to one of the local stores I originally surveyed, showed them the prices that were about 20% less than his (about 12% total savings once shipping was factored in), and he MATCHED the price, with free delivery and setup. Hooray for me!

However, for the sheer volume of selection, if that's your thing, you can't be a trip to High Point.
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Old Aug 9th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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I tried that last on my dining room set, and despite the retailer going out of business, or so he said (he was open for 2 years after this)- he told me no deal. In fact, he would not even come down in the price. It was a Bernhardt set, I believe- but I'm not sure if I am spelling the name correctly.

I helped my girlfriend get a Thomasville for about 35% less maybe 7 or 8 years ago, and I was told it was impossible before we started. It wasn't because my dining room "guy" in NC gave me the number to call.

I'm sure there are numerous furniture listings in print (style graphics, dimensions, stains etc.) and you can ask for them. You don't have to go into local retailers, if you don't want to "use" their time, or for any other ethical reasons.

The last time I did it for me, I believe I did it with style types I printed out online. So I bet the brand books are all or mostly online by now.
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Old Aug 9th, 2006, 03:32 PM
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I have a big 'ol file on this subject at home. Try this furniture forum: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/furniture/ I learned a ton there.

We ended up buying a sofa and some other things using the same approach others have mentioned. Go to the local places, find out exactly what you want (heck, some of them will even send designers out to your home to help you pick out fabrics, etc. for free), write down all the model numbers, color numbers, etc, then call the various NC stores carrying your stuff (after reading the reviews on the above forum to find out whose reliable and who ain't), get the NC stores bidding against themselves, and then after getting your best price from NC go back to the local place and see how close they'll come. If it's within 20% or so, you might seriously consider staying local because (a) it helps the community, (b) it's much easier to arrange a return if something isn't right, (c) the cost of delivery and the sales tax can end up being close to a wash, and (d) you have control over the delivery date and time. When you order from NC, you get about a 3-5 day heads up of the date the truck is going to be arriving in your area but only a broad range regarding the delivery time. Someone has to be home. It could be 7am on a Sunday or 2:00pm on a workday.

We used Boyles and were pleased.
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Old Aug 9th, 2006, 07:58 PM
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I used Furnitureland South the last two times. That's the name.

In my last case and also with the dining room set, they gave me calls 1 week ahead and told me then exactly what day they were coming. And the day before they called once again, and got it down to within a 2 hour period. I did have to talk them in from the nearby expressway once (before the days of GPS).

In my case, it was a great savings in sales tax alone, as IL has/had 5 to 7% totals (different times) that did not apply on this kind of sales transfer.
And in the case of the bedroom furniture I found out doing it this way that there were pieces made (speciality orders) that matched and were not even shown in local retail outlets or secondary sellers' local stores- nor where they in their possible inventory selections.

I did use online resources too, similar to the one that dcd posted
to get the orginal contacts and catalogs that I knew I wanted to see.

Good luck and find something beautiful that you can use for many long years.
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Old Aug 9th, 2006, 08:55 PM
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JJ5, you are definitely Fodorville's resident expert on getting great furniture at great savings. I hope you don't mind if I send questions your way someday soon!
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 05:38 AM
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Thanks for all the responses!
JJ5 - thanks for all the info.
And dcd - thank you for the forum reference. (Though nowhere seems to get the amount of responses that this forum does!)
Anyway, I will keep researching this. It seems that there are savings to be had - but Im still not sure if I should bother with a trip down there.
Also does anyone know what the tax situation is? (coming from CT). Thanks!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2013, 11:40 AM
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I'm a little late to this forum post but since I found it other may as well, so I'll give my 2 cents.

There are deals to be had in Highpoint if you look. The selection is amazing and that also mean furniture stores are competitive with prices. Here a list of stores in the area so give them a call or visit their site.
http://www.northcarolinafurniture.org
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Old Oct 23rd, 2013, 12:33 PM
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I'd guess it still is--and maybe especially after the big markets. I have heard that Hendrick's (I don't think it is Hendrix) is very good--and not so daunting as the actual market.
This is a REALLY old post however.
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Old Aug 16th, 2014, 07:02 PM
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Furniturelandsouth was great for us. But we also used Greenfront in Farmville, VA
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Old Aug 17th, 2014, 05:20 AM
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Ah, Theresa is back to revive an age old thread with her cabin for rent. She posts on ANY NC thread.
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Old Aug 17th, 2014, 06:55 AM
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Now that this thread has been revived, I wonder if anyone has information on which companies still manufacture in North Carolina, Michigan, or Virginia.

Having just read the (very sad in parts) book FACTORY MAN, I have become aware of how the bulk of the US companies have shifted manufacturing to China.

Noticed last week that all of the case goods and upholstered items sold in a local CostCo were made in China.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/book-...acy-1405718241

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/14/331356...niture-company


I bought a lot of furniture at FurnitureLand South after I bought a home about 15 years ago. While the items were less costly that they would be at retail stores in my area, I regret not buying the case goods at estate and yard sales and vintage shops. (Do not like the idea of upholstered goods from secondhand places unless one plans to reupholster)
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Old Aug 17th, 2014, 08:51 AM
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Ekschrunchy, thanks for that link. I'm going to order that book. What a sad story for all of us. "Tuition"

Totally agree about estate sales and auctions. I've bought fabulous pieces for peanuts from two of my favorite auction houses. I went with friends to buy a dresser for their mountain house and bought a mahogany piece I didn't particularly want/need because it sold for barely $100. Gorgeous furniture selling for less than mdf furniture from big box stores.
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Old Aug 18th, 2014, 08:06 AM
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Exactly! Solid wood furniture rather than the "faux wood" that predominates in today's retail stores, even at the high end. It all seems made to be thrown away these days, rather than passed down through generations.
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Old Aug 18th, 2014, 09:11 AM
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ek, if you are ever in the market for new/old furniture - detour a bit through Atlanta on the second weekend of a month for Scott's -
http://www.scottantiquemarket.com/

The two buildings are on either side of the expressway and are huge (former Kmart type buildings). The same dealers return each month from several states away. Incredible but diverse offerings, including lots of furniture, silver, vintage, mid-century, etc.
http://www.scottantiquemarket.com/an...buildings.html
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Old Aug 18th, 2014, 02:30 PM
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Starrs, a million thanks for that. I will try to make it my business to pass through on those dates.

We will be driving along the east coast from NY to FLa in mid December, so let me know if there are any other sources you know of along that route for interesting furniture.

One would think that SE Florida would be a good place but I've not found much so far (there is plenty of "vintage" in West Palm Beach but prices are high and the strip is well known among "decorators." And you can forget about any "buys" in the NY area!!

And forget about yard sales in SE Florida..there are so many gated communities that do not allow yard sales..disappointing!!

The book I mentioned above is also discussed in the NYTimes Book Review yesterday, August 17:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/bo...macy.html?_r=0


Maybe we could meet someday?
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Old Aug 18th, 2014, 05:46 PM
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That makes sense, ek. Friends bought a 2br condo in Hallandale and virtually the entire building was single owner and the owners were from NY/NJ. As the owners started dying, the kids didn't want the condos and my friend snagged a great deal - patio over the Intercoastal and also a view of the ocean - but they said there was nothing worth keeping re furnishings. Another friend moved into one of the first mega adult communities outside Ft Lauderdale and he said that virtually everyone bought the black lacquer or the rattan furnishing packages. It was junk 40 years ago and battered junk now. He just tossed the stuff out the window and then took the splintered parts to the dumpsters.

I'll post links to the two auctions I like in the mountains but that may be too much of a detour. You probably already know but the granddaddy of the shows is Brimfield MA and it's coming up soon.
http://brimfieldshow.com/

And I'd love to meet someday.
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One thing I've noticed since returning to what used to be the Furniture Capitol, is that the second hand stores have nice furniture. Not all of it of course, but, as people who used to work in the furniture factories die, their stuff gets donated. They could get good stuff for themselves back them.
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