How to Buy Pottery Barn Pieces at Target Prices
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Oh Pottery Barn…
If you want to get excited about discounted home decor where you can use clever money-saving tips, look no further than Pottery Barn to shop— seriously!
Normally I avoid this very gorgeous, though very expensive store, but I realize that’s becoming a huge downfall in my home shopping game. I’ve been missing out for far too long on marked-down throw pillows, rugs, dinnerware, and so much more.
It goes beyond just my home as well! This place is a goldmine for housewarming and hostess gifts, and your friends and family will think you spent some serious cash on them. Let me tell you about my most recent trip to Pottery Barn…
Let’s be honest, the front of the store is a trap.
You can’t deny that when you first walk in, you just feel so welcomed by the beautiful tables full of fresh merchandise and the elegantly styled fully assembled furniture. “Can I just live here, please?” However, you can look, but don’t even think about buying. Don’t even think about looking at the price tag for that matter! 😱
Walk along the walls.
Here’s the thing about the Pottery Barn store layout — the middle is open, airy, and just plain inviting. But the walls are where the sales are. Though slightly hidden (yet not entirely since they obviously want to sell the product), you’ll find shelves brimming with mismatched pillows, candle holders, and textiles, along with sale signage to move these products out the door.
There’s nothing wrong with these products. They just no longer fit the season (or into the thoughtfully styled arrangements throughout the store). Oh well, our benefit!
Look for floor samples, especially damaged ones.
Do you want to find something that’s almost guaranteed to be half off? Look at the floor models of larger items — not only are they marked down, they’re typically fully assembled, meaning you save both time and money!
The markdown percentage may vary, but you can try to bargain for an additional percentage off if the product has any visible wear like scratches, rips, or dents from other customers walking through the store and touching them. If you’re handy or can live with a slight ding in the surface, the savings are well worth it!
And don’t forget to scope out the seasonal floor items. I found patio furniture marked down by almost 60% off and summer rugs almost 70% off! Again, these were the floor models, but why the heck would I care about packaging when the price is that good!
Stop at your final shopping destination: the back corners.
Creep into the abandoned shadows of the back of Pottery Barn for a sweet surprise — clearance! These tucked away corners are where you’ll find an assortment of out of season and almost out of stock items that seriously just need to go. Lucky for us!
You can find crazy steep discounts for up to 75% off on a wide variety of Pottery Barn goods. If you’re thinking, “Meh, I really don’t need to buy anything for my home,” consider picking up these steals for gifts, whether for birthdays, holidays, a housewarming, or for the get-together host! While you can’t return these items typically, going with universal items like trays, serving dishes, candles, or picture frames gives you a little more leeway so you can stock your gift closet.
It’s also important to know that most clearance item price tags end in $0.97 or $0.99, which indicate a product’s final sale pricing. While you’ll be saving a chunk of cash, you won’t be able to return the item later, so make sure you really love it.
Now that you’ll have your arms full of great home decor steals, it’s time to head to check out.
Become a Key Holder to take advantage of your purchases.
If you’re not a member of The Key already and you shop at Pottery Barn (even only once in a while), you’re missing out. Not only will you, as a member, earn 3% in rewards on all your purchases at PB, this program extends between their entire family of stores, which includes PB Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home, and Mark & Graham.
Once you hit $15 in rewards from the percentage back, you’ll receive an email containing your $15 rewards code which can be spent on any of their brands. Do you shop at Pottery Barn a lot? Then consider applying for the Pottery Barn credit card for 10% back and special financing.
If approved for their credit card, you’ll be eligible to earn a $25 reward for every $250 spent! Even better, they often run promos where you can earn up to 20% back (that’s $50 for every $250 spent!). As a cardholder, you’ll also have access to exclusive savings events like the 5-day 20% back event in February and November. Even better, you can also use this card and rewards at PB Teen and Pottery Barn Kids!
But if credit cards aren’t your thing…
Stack the savings with discounted gift cards.
On sites like Raise and Gift Card Granny, you can find discounted gift cards to stack on more savings, up to 9% off the retail value! Even sweeter, the company allows for all of their cards to be used within their family of brands which includes Pottery Barn Kids, PB Teen, Williams Sonoma, and West Elm, so you can look up the best discount and use at the store of your choice. So on top of the clearance/sale prices, you get the absolute cheapest price possible.
You’ll want to watch for any fine print on the cards, as eGift cards are typically for online purchases only, while physical cards and vouchers may be accepted both online and in-store.
No worries if you find a discounted card that’s online only since you can actually find Pottery Barn steals without having to go to the store. Their website has a pretty wide selection of clearance items, though you have to be strategic with your searching. Since they don’t offer a sorting function, it’s best to start at the bottom of the page and scroll up. This way you’ll see the best deals first and not waste your time scrolling through the small discounts.
But Pottery Barn isn’t the only place you can find savings.
While it’s still under the Pottery Barn brand, you won’t see those high retail prices at the Pottery Barn Outlet store. Yep, Pottery Barn Outlets do exist 🦄 however, there are only 11 across the country. They’re kind of like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for seriously discounted home decor and furniture!
If you happen to be one of the lucky souls that live near one (or pass by in your travels), pop in for high-quality discontinued, overproduced, and returned merchandise at unbelievable steals! You can also stay on top of what’s new in store by following the Pottery Barn Outlets Facebook page for updates on merchandise and the latest promotions.
You can also go vintage with your furniture search! By checking out thrift stores and estate sales, you can potentially come across pieces that are no longer sold by the brand, and you may just stumble upon a super hot deal! This user on Reddit found this Pottery Barn chair at a steal and was able to restore it to its glory!
Hip Tip: Don’t forget to check Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace by searching “Pottery Barn” for other people’s gently used items at discount prices!
When it’s all said and done, not only can you display your stunning home decor with pride, you’ll be even prouder of all the money you saved on the purchase! So next time you’re in need of a home refresh, following these tips at your local store and let us know what you find!