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Posts about Furniture

Last call at Hyatt's furniture liquidation sale...night stands $15

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: June 5, 2012 - 10:35 AM

The remodeling sale at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-338-1201) will be over within two weeks, said Greg Hall of National Content Liquidators.

Final markdowns on furniture and accessories have been taken on everything, now about 50 percent less than when the sale started in March. 

Sample savings include upholstered chairs for $30, large framed mirrors $10, night stands with granite tops $15, plant stands with granite tops $10, office chairs $14, stackable banquet chairs $7.50, and framed art $2.50.  Items from Spike's Bar have recently been added. A 10 percent buyer's premium is added to the purchase price.

There are some great deals ($10 plant stands with granite tops) and some not-so-good deals ($75 framed photos from Spike's), but it's worth a look at these prices. Don't see what you want (a mattress, for example)? Ask a salesperson.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Ikea's November discounts

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: November 1, 2011 - 1:56 PM


This is month two in Ikea's new in store promotional discounts. You have to join its Family plan online, but it's quick and free.

Here are some of November's discounts, but only if you join first. Swipe your card at the checkout to get the deals.



Manstad corner sofas with storage ($75 off $699)


Besta Burs TV units ($30 off $249)

Best Burs desk ($24 off $269)

Martrop queen sheet set ($5 off $45)


365 + Irvig wine glass (60 cents off $4)


Drommar cookie sheet ($1 off $7)

Sultan Hallen mattresses ($20 to $40 off twin-full-queen-king mattresses $219-$399)


Ikea introduces loyalty card with discounts and perks

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: October 13, 2011 - 12:15 PM


Add Ikea to the list of retailers with a loyalty card. The Ikea Family card is free but it offers a nice arrange of discounts

even for the infrequent shopper.


Here are some of the perks:

+Discounts on nearly 50 furniture, accessory and food items through Oct. 31. Discounted items change on the first of every month. Items on sale this month include the Hemnes coffee table ($10 off), the Molger storage stool ($3 off), the Alang floor lamp ($5 off) and the Rondo 18-piece dinnerware set ($7 off).

+ Free coffee or tea at each visit in the restaurant.

+ Thirty extra minutes for the kids in Smaland (capacity dependent)

+ A personal web portal with shopping list

+ A 90 day price guarantee instead of 14 days in case a prior purchase gets discounted.

+ A chance to win an Ikea gift card every time you scan your Family card at the kiosk. (Purchase not required.)

After signing up, your card will be available for immediate pickup at the store. (Ikea saves onpostage by having you pick it up.)

The Family card is named for the Ikea family of customers, said Ikea spokeswoman Brooke Nelson.


Is shabby chic dead? Not at a new furniture store in Uptown

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: January 17, 2011 - 11:39 AM

Far be it from this common sense kind of guy to announce or denounce trends on the cusp or decline, but I was surprised when I went into the new Nadeau (2756 Hennepin Av., Mpls, 612-208-1540), and found shabby chic in all of its glory.

The "new" furniture from India and Indonesia is aged, distressed and showing signs of wear. Call it vintage, antique or an Ikea alternative, it's inexpensive furniture that makes a statement. Most pieces are in the $200 to $500 range and hardly anything hits $1,000. Smaller pieces such as end tables are as inexpensive as $18. Larger pieces such as sideboards are $400 to $650.

They're not antiques, but you should shop as if they are. In other words, once it's gone, it might never come back. One popular seller, a wine cabinet for $599  is currently sold out and might be back in mid-March.

Manager Trevor Peterson said the collection is all solid wood which works well in cabins, traditional and Americana homes. If you've already got a shabby chic thing going on, you're in.

Prices seem in line with Pier 1, although they might be higher than the occasional sales in Buffalo.

It's possible you've already seen the look if you've been to Nadeau's stores in Atlanta, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, LA, Miami, Myrtle Beach, New York and Savannah.

Any shabby chic-ers or vintage decorators who have been to Nadeau want to comment on the prices?

Sneak preview: The best and worst of Gabberts' warehouse sale

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: December 3, 2010 - 9:12 AM

It seems as if everything has changed in the furniture industry. The recession has hit furniture stores harder than most others. That's why I was especially interested in Gabberts' warehouse sale, which starts today (Friday, Dec. 3) at noon.

I got a sneak peek yesterday. The amount of sale merchandise seems a little smaller than than the sales in the former warehouse in Edina on Cahill Rd, but one store rep said that it's about the same, $3 million worth. 

To give an idea of the size of the sale, I counted about 15 sectionals for sale, 25 dining tables and scores of leather chairs and sofas. Leather chairs ranged in price from about $900 to $1,300 and leather sofas from $1,487 to $1,700. Brand names included Bernhardt, Southern, Bradington, and Hooker.

The Stickley selection near the back is excellent--sofas, chairs, rockers, bed frames, chests and accent pieces. A Stickley Argyle Gathering Table was $1,147, regularly $2,083, an excellent deal for a finely-crafted table.

Disappointments included a small number of rugs and art pieces at modest discounts. The art reminded me of an old Dayton's warehouse sale where a local frame shop would bring in over-priced art just for the sale.

Here are the details: Gabberts' warehouse sale (new location -- former Rum River Lumber building, 10141 Woodcrest Dr., Coon Rapids, 952-927-1500, includes merchandise discounted up to 70 percent. Besides plenty of upholstered and leather furniture and case goods, there are mattresses and accessories, said marketing manager Peggy Jennings. Gabberts' previous warehouse sale was in 2008, not counting the sale in the soon-to-be Dock 86 space last year. (That was mostly furniture from Hom, which purchased Gabberts in 2008.) Hours are from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Items will be added daily. Delivery fees in the metro area are $89 to $199 (free for mattresses more than $999).



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