Model Home Furniture Steal!

May 27, 2014 | On the Cheap, Whole House

I have been looking for a while for dining room furniture.  I’ve looked online, at Craigslist, in stores, in consignment shops, and at thrift stores only to find NOTHING that I liked and that was reasonably priced.  A friend of mine told me about a warehouse in my area that sells model home furniture at rock bottom prices, but you have to stand in line for an hour or more starting at around 7:00 in the morning.  They don’t sell any other time during the week except for on Fridays from 8:00 to noon and if you’re not standing near the front of the line when the store opens, forget it, you’ll end up with nothing.  You have to be in the front of the mad dash.

Clearance Center Outside(It’s in a totally nondescript, easy to overlook building that I’ve passed dozens of times)

So, I stood in line for an hour and talked to a couple who’ve been coming every Friday for the last 3-4 months because they’re “addicted” to this place.  They told me the ins and outs of how to get what you want and where to run to in the warehouse to find the dining room sets.  In short, I got a primer on how to score at this place.

When the doors finally opened, I did what they said and made a mad dash to the dining room sets only to find that I didn’t like any of them enough… womp, womp.  BUT, they were right, the prices were insane.  I found one set that I liked (not loved) that had 6 chairs and a table with a leaf.  The wood was SOLID and the set was priced at $750.  I couldn’t find that type of deal even on Craigslist.  And the brands that they had for the dining room sets were Broyhill, Hooker, Thomasville… good brands!

So, after the adrenaline subsided, I casually strolled the warehouse not looking for anything in particular and SCORE, I found Tuscan’s bedroom furniture which I wasn’t actively looking for… Not the bed, but I found two end tables, a chest, and two lockers for $300.  Five pieces of heavy metal furniture for $300!  Tuscan and I were just pinning some bedroom ideas onto his board last night, so I guess that was a sign.  And with that, Tuscan’s room renovation just moved to the top of the list.

4 Drawer Locker Chest Red Lockers

You can’t tell from the pic., but these are full-sized lockersBlue Metal Locker Night Stand Red Metal Locker Night Stand

The tops of these nightstands have laminate wood which is perfect for kids

I also found a beautifully upholstered chenille headboard in gray that would’ve been perfect for my bedroom except that it was queen sized and I need a king.  But man, I almost snagged it anyway thinking that it would look great in our basement guest room but I’m not even close to starting that project so I passed with great regret…

I also got a picture frame and vase that I really liked for $7.50 each that will go in the foyer for now.




As I was checking out with my goodies, the same couple that I met in line high-fived me on my first buying experience and I even got a “You go girl!” Ahhhhhh….the camaraderie of getting a good deal…  So, I am now officially addicted and will be back next Friday!  Their furniture turns over weekly, so hopefully I’ll find the “one” dining room set I’ve been searching for and our dining room will be empty no longer.  In the meantime, I’m working on Tuscan’s new sports themed room which means that I have to purge the snot out of his toys and clothes first, so it may be a while before I get to the fun stuff like painting and decorating.