So…we would like a new living room and dining set. We just sold our old, badly beat up, cheapo, and dirty old sets yesterday at a garage sale.
We’ve been over to Wickes and liked a few things we saw, then went over to a couple other stores and liked nothing at one and a dining set at another. As we’re about to drop several grand into this, we’d like to be educated shoppers.
Consumer Reports, alas, does not have tips on furniture buying. I’ve done some searches via Google and gotten a couple of good ideas, but there’s not a lot out there on furniture per se–just tons on buying a mattress.
We know what style and color we want for both, we know how much we want to spend, and we know how much room/space we have. We also know all that extended warranty BS is typically a waste of money. (The guy at Wickes yesterday tried to slip in “extras” that added over $800 to the living room set! I about died…) We plan on picking it up ourselves with our full-size truck and not rely on their delivery service.
We’re looking for ideas on how to handle salespeople (Oh man…this one guy with a super-thick accent yesterday literally followed us ALL AROUND the store yesterday, even when we said to give us time, pushing pushing pushing this dinette set that we would have bought had he not been the salesperson! We joked if we started running through the store, he would have run after us…) as well as get a good deal.
Any tips on how to make sure we’re not getting hustled and know we’re getting decent stuff?