I love me some Pottery Barn.
Did you know that?
I think you probably did. 😉
I bet a lot of you probably love yourselves some Pottery Barn too.
I also bet a lot of you don’t always love their prices – I know I don’t.
But I promise you, good deals can be found there. It may take a little bit of time and patience, but they can be found. 🙂
So today, I thought I’d share a few simple ways I save money when shopping my favorite brand.
GO STRAIGHT TO THE CLEARANCE.
Whether it’s in the store or online, I always head to the clearance first. I have snagged many a pillow cover, vase filler, and candle holder from the clearance section for a fraction of the original price.
This sign was around thirty dollars (I think it originally retailed about $200).
Picked up these glass and metal candleholders for around twenty five dollars for both (I don’t know the original cost, but I’m guessing it would have been somewhere in the $60-$80 range for the pair).
And this pretty vase for under twenty (I think it started out at $50).
WAIT FOR A SALE.
While their clearance section is great – if there is something you really, really love, you run the risk of missing out on it if you wait for it to go on clearance. Luckily, they frequently run great sales on things like pillows, frames, and bedding – and a lot of times it’s eligible for free shipping too. I have to be head over heels, deeply in love with something before I pay full price – it almost never happens. Instead, when I spot something I love, I just wait for the sale. If the sale doesn’t happen, or it gets sold out first, then I simply shrug my shoulders and move on. It is just “stuff” after all.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR REWARDS.
I know how some people may feel about this one, but I have a Pottery Barn credit card. They offer ten percent back in rewards on all purchases, so every time you spend $250 you get $25 back in rewards – AND you get other coupons and offers throughout the year that you can combine with your rewards for even more savings. Now, you don’t need me to tell you this, but this system only works if you pay your balance in full and on time every single time. If not, the finance charges will just cancel out the benefit of those rewards and that’s no good. Having dug myself out of a deep dark hole of credit card debt years ago, I’m very strict with myself about this one – but it pays off because I end up getting free stuff. And who doesn’t like free stuff? 🙂
STOP IN FOR A DESIGN CLASS.
Did you know Pottery Barn offers mini design classes a couple of times a month? They usually run about 30 minutes or so, and focus on things like styling your coffee table, picking the perfect window treatments, or setting a beautiful table. Our local store offers 20% off your entire purchase if you attend the class – so you get to save money and pick up some tips to make your home pretty. You can check the class schedule for your local store online. 🙂
SHOP FOR LOOKALIKES.
You know what they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, and there are plenty of good, quality lookalikes out there. In fact, I will often look around for a quality lookalike before committing to a PB purchase, and sometimes I find really great alternatives (and sometimes I don’t). Home Goods, World Market, and Target are some of my go-to’s for good lookalikes.
This mirror is a perfect example – I stumbled upon it at Home Goods after drooling over the PB Egan Mirror for a couple of years. And my patience paid off because I saved over $600 on a mirror that was maybe not as high in quality, but still a stunner regardless.
TRY TO DIY.
I’m not much of a DIY-er, but lucky for me, my handsome husband is. If you’ve got some mad DIY skills, try to make your own PB favorites at home. Their product details and dimensions are very informative – we pulled all the dimensions and materials for the Studio Wall Shelf off their website, and Jordan was able to duplicate it so well (and for less than half the price), a designer from the store couldn’t even tell the difference when she was here helping measure for our sectional.
STUDY THE CATALOG.
Lastly and most importantly, you absolutely do not have to actually shop Pottery Barn to get the look. I use their catalog as an inspirational tool all the time. When it comes to styling a space – no one does it better in my opinion. Study the pages and pay attention to how things work together. What are the details? How are things displayed? How do the different colors, textures, and patterns work together? I have learned so much just from this catalog (and bonus – it’s free!). So much of the Pottery Barn look is layering the right textures and accessories – and you can achieve that no matter where you shop. 😉
P.S. For all my fellow die-hard PB fans, this article had me giggling. I may or may not be guilty of all ten… 😀