"Cheap – that's what I want," the woman said firmly as she barreled through the showroom, pausing only for a second here and there to flip up a price tag. I was trotting to keep up with her. Frankly, I was out of breath by the time she'd covered all five rooms of our store in Hanover.
"This is temporary," she added. She needed the furniture to replace one that was damaged from a plumbing leak. Her husband was planning to retire in a year and then they would sell the house. She wanted a bargain in the extreme: flea-market prices.
You won't find that in our showrooms. Our goal is to offer high-quality, name-brand pre-owned furniture. We carefully select each piece, looking for quality construction, current styling and good condition. That means you won't find cat-clawed upholstery, rickety tables or musty old bedroom sets that remind you of Grandma.
And you won't find yard-sale prices.
Frowning, she was almost out the door when I popped an unexpected question. "What if you could re-sell the furniture you buy today a year from now?" I asked. She stopped abruptly. "Tell me more," she demanded.
What if, I said, you buy what you need today, then resell the same pieces next spring at FCG?
Her eyes lit up. "Really?" she asked. "I never thought of that!"
Together, we started over, surveying the the possibilities. In the end, she settled on a Crate & Barrel dining room table and six chairs for about $1,000. That was more than she'd budgeted, but if she keeps it in good condition we should be able to sell it for her in a year or two.
In the meantime, she and her family will enjoy a dining room set that won't require duct tape or glue to get through a family meal. She won't have to apologize to visitors for the fleabag furniture, and the the realtor won't sneer at the set when she wants to sell the home. By the time we rang up the set, she was almost dancing with excitement.
Short-term living situations can be stressful and costly, but buying disposable furniture isn't the answer. Come to FCG and consider the possibilities. I like to think of it as a kind of elegant recycling. Remember: it isn't a bargain if it's junk.
Merchandise by Steven C. Staples is continuing to arrive into our Hanover and Natick showrooms. Our web team is working tirelessly to load the product onto our site. Don't wait for it to post on-line. Come see it today in Hanover and Natick. All items are one of a kind. First one to the register wins!