Who can resist the glossy catalogues full of photographs of perfectly attired rooms that arrive in the mail about once a month from Pottery Barn? I certainly can't stop myself from poring over the pages, despite my self-professed love for all things vintage and thrifted. There's just something about those handsomely styled rooms that draw me in.
I'm not interested in replicating the rooms, but I love the inspired assemblages of furniture and accessories. You can imagine my glee then when a Pottery Barn outlet store opened near my house last year.
Rows upon rows of merchandise beckoned. I heeded the call right away, excitedly scooping up merchandise, particularly in the back "clearance" room, where non-returnable items were typically marked down 75 percent.
To be sure, it can be comforting to have a store like Pottery Barn, where its talented designers anticipate or perfect a trend. And certainly those well-designed catalogues play a big role in stoking our interest in the store.
And, I really can't say enough of about the kids' offerings. As the parent of two little ones, I've shopped everywhere from Target to exclusive online boutiques and I constantly find myself returning to Pottery Barn Kids for its variety, quality and sales.
My fondness for Pottery Barn is a little embarassing since I do often pride myself on finding unique items for my home. I decide it's time for a little inventory check. I look around my house and count off to myself all the Pottery Barn items we own. Most are accessories (pillows, organizational items) scattered throughout the house, while five pieces of furniture form the backdrop for my home office.
I remember then that I enthusiastically gushed to a Pottery Barn outlet employee about how overjoyed I was to find so many bargains. "How do you do it?" I asked, "How do stop yourself from buying up the store?" He looked at me quizzically, then responded quietly, "Well, there's always the mortgage to think about."