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Are you in the market for a new living room set? Living room furniture can be quite the investment, and higher quality more durable materials can cost even more. If you want to buy furniture that will last for decades without spending a lot of money, waiting for a furniture sale is the way to go.
But when and where do you find these sales? Here is what you can expect so you can plan the right time to get your next living room set.
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Americans love any excuse to party or shop, so national holidays are definitely on the list of when to get cheap furniture. Holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day, and President’s Day are frequently honored by furniture stores.
Keep in mind that your local furniture stores are not the only ones to offer discounts on these holidays. In order to compete with local stores, most online furniture brands and stores offer additional sale discounts on these holidays as well.
Again, Americans love to shop so much that there are “holidays” specifically for holding sale events. Every industry and sector relating to retail honor these holidays, and furniture stores are no different. While some retailers offer sales at every possible opportunity, most furniture stores both online and off will offer sales on these universal retail holidays:
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day weekend
- Labor Day weekend
- Father’s Day
- Back to School
- Black Friday
- Small Business Saturday
- Cyber Monday
It is interesting to note that although the last weekend of November has always been filled with sales, the descriptors are fairly outdated. Most furniture retailers, regardless of business size, locality, or online presence, offer discounts throughout from Thanksgiving through the Monday after.
Clearance Sales at Seasonal Changes
Just as new clothing arrives in stores each season, so too do furniture collections. While clothing and other retailers offer clearance four seasons per year, furniture stores really only have two seasons. If you want to get the most options at the lowest prices, shop clearance sales at furniture stores in January and July. If you are looking for outdoor furniture, you may also look for clearance sales in late August.
Local clearance sales are not going to run for long, but they’ll get you the biggest discounts. Most brick and mortar furniture retailers have limited showroom and warehouse space. That means when the new collections begin to arrive, they are desperate to unload the previous season’s inventory.
However, online furniture stores offer clearance prices year-round, no sale event is needed. Because they have access to warehouses and wholesalers, online furniture retailers are able to offer clearance items until they sell. If you want the cheapest furniture, look at the oldest collections on the clearance section of a website.
Online Only Furniture Sales
Online furniture stores also offer another type of sale – sales on specific furniture brands. When online retailers are able to negotiate a lower inventory cost from major brands, they often pass those savings on to you through brand specific sales. You can frequently receive significant discounts if you are able to work with the brands on sale when you start your search.
Another perk of online furniture stores – they almost always offer free shipping. Your local store is sure to require an exorbitant delivery fee, if they offer delivery at all. Online stores will usually offer free delivery as part of the sale event, or just as a matter of policy for orders over a certain purchase amount.
Of course, if you don’t want to wait for one of these retail sale events or you don’t want to hunt around for the perfect living room furniture, check out online furniture stores. The living room sets you find there will be the same as you can find in furniture stores all over the country. But the prices are far lower, even without living room sets on sale.