Cool Store: Tuesday Morning
Many readers may remember my recent post about C-mart, a large discount retailer that sells everything from coffee tables to Prada trench coats. Some of you confessed your love for the store and others, like reader PLR, thought I was from "a parallel universe" for actually liking the place. Well, I may have found an alternative for all of you: Tuesday Morning, a smaller, tamer discount retailer.
The company has 15 stores in the Washington area and nearly 800 throughout the country. It sells similar type merchandise to C-mart but on a smaller scale and a little less beat up. The store is no-frills, much like C-mart, but the locations are a tad smaller, making the hunt for merchandise a little easier.
The inventory comes from other retailers looking to unload merchandise that didn't sell in a certain period of time before the next season and the next batch of goods came in. But unlike C-mart, the goods are in a little better shape. The name of the store refers to the day of the week when a new batch of household wares, furniture and clothing is delivered, which happens 10 times a year.
On a Tuesday afternoon visit to the company's Alexandria location, I found some pretty good deals based on price tags showing the original price versus the Tuesday Morning price. What I found is worth a visit:
Housewares: Rugs. Lots of rugs. Big, small and in between. I saw a nice-looking 5 x 8 rug for $99.99 with an original price of $299. Smaller sizes were as low as $29.99. There were framed prints ranging in price from $19.99 to $129.99 and decorative throw pillows for anywhere between $14.99 to $29.99. There were elegant table lamps that were originally priced at $100, selling for $39.99.
Kitchen gear: The store had Cuisinart pots and pans selling for nearly half the original price. An 8-quart pot was going for $49.99, down from the original $100 price tag. There were Calphalon knives going for $19.99, down from around $50. There were tablecloths in a wide range of sizes for as low as $19.99 to $44.99.
Bedding: There were queen sheet sets for as low as $39.99, including brands like Grand Patrician, which is seen on the beds of luxury hotels. I saw a queen set made by Waterford that originally sold for $227 and was on the Tuesday Morning shelf for $89.99. The bedding section also had Laura Ashley queen-size quilts for $49.99, down from $149.99, and a king-size Laura Ashley down blanket for $59.99 that was originally marked $140.
Luggage: The store even had a back corner filled with luggage. I spotted a Calvin Klein piece that was big enough for a long weekend trip selling for $179.99, down from $450. There was a Samsonite garment bag in a hard casing for $99.99, down from an original price of $400.
Furniture: I spotted some nice dining room chairs for under $100 and elegant coffee tables for $130 to $180. The selection at the Alexandria store wasn't huge but the pieces appeared to be in good shape.
If my finds have enticed you, the store offers an e-mail service through their Web site for anyone interested in knowing when the next shipment comes in.
Have you ever been to Tuesday Morning? What have been your finds? What are your favorite cool stores?
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