How to score deep discounts with warehouse deals and liquidation sales with online “scratch and dent” shopping.
You know what’s cool about inviting a bunch of visitors to your house?
Suddenly all of the house projects you’ve been putting off for weeks/months/years get bumped way up on the priority list. Before you know it, paint is getting touched up, light bulbs are finally getting changed, and rooms are getting fluffed.
Oh yeah, and having your actual guests over is kind of a perk too. 😉
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That’s our story anyway.
Robert and I decided this week that we’ll be hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year so that meant a quickie dining room spruce!
I’d been meaning to swap out the chandelier ever since we moved in, and our bleached jute rug was all kinds of gross from puppy training two years ago.
So now she’s all spruced!
I realized yesterday that I’ve never shared one of the BEST resources for scoring discounts since it’s exactly how I found our new chandelier on a super markdown. And I found the perfect replacement rug for our old jute pee pad.
Open box online shopping.
Open box discounts are basically just items people returned after purchase when something didn’t fit or it had a small flaw… like a scratch or dent. When that happens, retailers list the items on markdown to be resold.
You can find open box deals on:
And sometimes you can stack coupon codes and other discounts on top of the already marked down items.
Before I buy new, I usually try to search those three places to see if I can find an open box deal first.
I did it this time for our dining room spruce and ended up saving about 60% on the chandelier. And I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with it when it arrived.
Maybe that little tip was something you already knew, but I hope it helps some of y’all.
If you want to know about any of the sources in our dining room, you can find them here:
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
- Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Table (Secondhand makeover and DIY built top)
- Slipcovered chairs
- Wicker chairs
- Art (similar)
- Mirror gallery wall (DIY tutorial)
- Olive branches
- Vase (similar)
- Sconces (thrifted DIY makeover)
So we’re Thanksgiving ready now! A whole 7 weeks early. Maaaaaybe I’ll bust out a pumpkin for the occasion, but I’m still really feeling the neutral vibe with just a few olive branches in a vase. Less is more.