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April 05, 2006

Electronics vs. Furniture

I have been shopping for furniture lately. I'm looking for a bedroom set for my room and/or for my guest room. Along with that, I am looking for a kitchen table. I have never had any of these.

As I have been shopping, I have been surprised by prices. That's me, the naive one!

You see, I have this problem. I spend obscene amounts of money on electronics, especially car audio electronics. To me, I understand why a TV, a computer or a car navigation system would cost $1000+. But a decent kitchen table set? Or a bedroom set?

Of course, anything I liked ended up being in the $2000 range. I understand that this will be around for a long time and all that other stuff....

...but for some reason, my brain cannot comprehend furniture costing that much. Electronics, yes. Furniture, not so much.

Geez, if I put all the money I've put into electronics into furniture, I could nicely furnish a house. Who would have thought!

Posted by Sissy at April 5, 2006 08:15 PM | TrackBack

One major difference. Furniture does not become obsolete. We find livable stuff for a few cents on the dollar at the Salvation Army store or even free at Curb Mart, and excellent name brand furniture for nickels on the dollar at better resale shops, even at the St. Vincent de Paul store. I'm pretty good at dumpster-diving computers, but the latest find was 300 mHz Celerons, way short of what is being sold now.

Posted by: triticale at April 5, 2006 11:06 PM

And just go take a peek at the price of lumber. That explains a lot of the cost right there.

Posted by: Ogre at April 6, 2006 02:59 PM

I totally agree, Sissy. That's why I've got really old furniture!

Posted by: zonker at April 6, 2006 07:51 PM

Furniture is sold at a 200% mark-up. Always has been. (I was an Interior Designer, before a SAHM)

Find something you like, and wait for it to go on sale. It's the only way!

Posted by: Rave at April 6, 2006 08:52 PM

Also think about shopping online at the huge furniture stores in NC/SC.

We bought a kitchen set (table & 4 chairs) through Rose Furniture. We found the set at a nearby store but thought the price outragious. So we went online and found the same set (including shipping up north) for $700 less.

We had some problems with the table and a couple of the chairs, months after receiving it.

They replaced the table and both chairs with no problems and no extra costs to us.

Something to check out. Anything you find in the stores usually can be bought through Rose Furniture.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 7, 2006 12:05 PM

WIEDER is a surprise - in spite of its minimalist looks it offers excellent comfort, thanks to high quality filling and wooden slats in the seat. Roomy and comfortable while not taking up too much space. Even more surprising is the ease with which the sofa converts into a double bed.

Posted by: anna at April 14, 2006 12:57 PM

I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $44808. Isn't that crazy!

Posted by: Betsy Markum at June 6, 2006 08:49 PM