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Old 11-13-2007, 08:14 AM
 
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Whats your personal experience with this brand of furniture? Does it become damaged or scratched quickly? I'm in NC and hear that high point is the place to go but I'm worried its not the type of furniture that I like. "The pottery barn look" for lack of a better word is what I'm looking for. But is the price tag worth it? Heck, I'd even consider getting a part time job there just for the discount
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:44 AM
 
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We bought a few tables, coffee and side, and we have been pleased with them. They are used in our kids game room and, as teenagers, they are not easy on furniture. The kids have had many friends over and after a good cleaning the tables have upheld great!!!
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:49 AM
 
Location: St Augustine
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I've bought a plasma tv stand and we are happy, the first one came scratched and they were very accomodating (let me keep until replaced) and I got the trestle dining table off ebay for 1/2 the price. Pottery Barns delivery charges for furniture can be quite high.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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Go to your local library and look for back issues of Smart Money magazine. They did an article in the past year where they deconstructed furniture from Potter Barn, Restoration Hardware, etc. I can't find it online, but in short, the furniture was not well build. 4 times as expensive as Ikea, and no better quality. :\

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Rubytue is right - I read that article she is referring to - when Ikea, Restoration Hardware and other high end chain furniture stores had their furniture taken apart by the Smart Money Magazine folks, instead of hardwood, there was often particle board, even though the description said hardwood.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The furniture is not what I would call "high quality" but it's not bad. I do find the prices are pretty high for what you get, but then again, Ethan Allen's quite a bit more.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:36 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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The furniture is not what I would call "high quality" but it's not bad. I do find the prices are pretty high for what you get, but then again, Ethan Allen's quite a bit more.
Yes.
We had friends who bought from EA who had to take it back. Ditto Ikea.

Pottery Barn is owned by Williams Sonoma and we get bombarded with both glossy catalogues, they are selling a certain look, sleek yet slightly traditional, and doing quite well with it. They also own West Elm, aimed at a younger demographic.

Restoration Hardware is much the same--but pricier.

A lot of people sneer at these "lifestyle retailers." I understand this, and it is important to support locals and/or artisans.
We do try to do that.
Or at the very least, hit a PB outlet.

Years ago we had a huge, sturdy oak table made by Colorado artisans, we were very happy with it and had many a good time at that table.
In late May, we moved here; that table and other pieces just did not work with this coastal house.
We did look around for a couple months, but could not wait the years and years of methodical research to decorate this place with handhewn heirloom type furniture.
We have family arriving next week.
I furnished my little office with some second-hand furniture, some of it very nice, some of it on the funky side--but no way would my husband go that route for the entire house.
We ended up with a Pottery Barn dining table, rug and console (the console was on sale, as was the rug, which helped). They have been absolutely fine--so far.
(Maybe the Smart Money article (it was in '06) shook things up a bit. )
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:11 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I've looked at Pottery Barn and left thinking it was pretty poor quality. If I pay those prices, I want good furniture.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:41 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I've looked at Pottery Barn and left thinking it was pretty poor quality. If I pay those prices, I want good furniture.
What was poor about it?
Do you have any recommendations for good furniture?
We were very pleased with our purchase from Quatrine.
ETA:
Quatrine's website

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Old 11-17-2007, 06:46 AM
 
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You can find Pottery Barn type furniture in High Point. Furnitureland South is huge, with every style you can imagine. I prefer a similar style and we ended up going with Kincaid furniture- quality has been great and we saved a bundle. If you are in NC, it is definitely worth exploring.
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