Home Furnishing Outlets: A Guide

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We love home decorating and hence shopping for furniture and accessories for our new place. What we don’t love is paying full price—especially when we have to roll out so much dough for some many other things and activities in New York. Luckily several of our favorite home stores have outlets in and near our great city and we’ve rounded them up so you, also, can spend your weekend choosing the right bed or desk chair for your apartment:

Design Within Reach
Due to this retailer’s higher price point, the joke always seems to be that Design Within Reach is anything but within reach (even though they are named as such for providing their customers access to modern designers), at least for many folks. The lovely clean lines and quality of this store, however, has many of us salivating over their catalogues and by their store windows.  Fear not, these designs are now more within reach with the retailer’s two accessible outlets—one in Secaucus, New Jersey and another one right here in Brooklyn.

Crate and Barrel Outlet
With an hour’s worth of driving, we realize this outlet’s Cranbury, New Jersey location is not exactly a hop, skip and a jump, but it’s definitely worth a visit as they stock items from both Crate and Barrel and their apartment-friendly sister retailer, CB2. If you’re looking for a specific item, it’s worth making a call and having them hold it before you rent that Zipcar.

BoConcept Outlet
Head on over to Queens Crossing Mall in Flushing, to take advantage of marked down options from this Danish contemporary designer retailer. You’ll find excess items, floor samples and furniture and accessories designed just for the outlet. We haven’t been here ourselves but are told you can get up to 70 percent off regular, retail prices.

ABC Carpet and Home Outlet
 
We’ve all spent an hour or six at the multi-floored ABC Home and Carpet building in Union Square. It seems that no matter your style, there’s something in that store to please just about anyone. The problem is that most of us aren’t able to shell out the number of Benjamins required to bring anything home. In comes ABC Outlet, a Bronx outpost of the retailer, a somewhat easy drive from most city locations. Expect to find bargains on your favorite sofa, lamps, linens and much more here.  And if you get on their mailing list, you’ll know about their sales, when items are marked down even further.

Restoration Hardware Outlet
Nestled in a multi-level shopping center in Queens, this outlet boasts a variety of furniture, hardware, lighting, accessories and more. It’s a good place to pick up a sofa or even a small gift. And it seems they have storewide sales around holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and such. Happy shopping, folks!