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Rare sighting of furniture warehouse sale; This one is by Gabberts.

Posted by: John Ewoldt under Retail Updated: February 7, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Retail is in a state of flux. In case you missed it, it was a lackluster holiday season for bricks and mortar while Amazon captured as much as 25 percent of holiday sales.

Another example of a changing economy? The decline of the warehouse sale. Manhattan Toy In Minneapolis, Illume Candles in Bloomington and Europa Import in Inver Grove Heights have all dropped theirs. When was the last time you saw a furniture warehouse sale? I can't recall the last one I saw from Ethan Allen or Schneiderman's, for example.

The last one at Gabberts was three years ago in Coon Rapids. The Edina furniture retailer is having one today through Sunday only because the company is combining its Gabberts' warehouse with Hom's in Coon Rapids. Hom purchased Gabberts in 2008. "It's never good to have a warehouse sale, " said Eric Knight, warehouse manager at Gabberts."You usually lose money."

The retailer's loss is the consumer's gain. The sale Friday through Sunday (Feb. 7-9) is a good one for low prices and nice selection. There is representation from nearly every department with about $1.4 million in inventory, Knight said. Leather sofas and office desks are in good supply at discounts of 50 to 80 percent (slightly better than at the Odds & Ends Room in the Galleria store).

The biggest discounts are on holiday items such as wreaths ($8, regularly an eye-popping $120) and slim Christmas trees 5-9' tall for under $30, but most of the items in the rooms in the entry way have excellent discounts, including art, mirrors, holiday trim, and rug pads, most marked down more than 70 percent.

I didn't see any Hom furniture in the mix, although Knight said there are a handful (fewer than five pieces) included. There are more than a dozen Stickley pieces (casegoods and upholstery), all well-marked down. A 46-inch round quarter sawn oak pedestal dining table with 2 leaves by Stickley was marked down to $1,998,regularly more than $3,500.

A high-end lighted bookcase by Drexel that was $2,047 in the Odds & End Room just last week was marked down further to $1,598 at the warehouse sale.

During the moving sale, all clearance and merchandise in the Odds & Ends Room gets an additional 20 percent discount. Clearance rugs get an additional 25 percent off. Sale hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The sale is located at 10759 Hampshire Ave. S., Bloomington off Old Shakopee Rd.

For a 30 second panaroma of the moving sale selection, go to http://www.startribune.com/video/244329661.html.

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