Although Atascadero’s Harrington Home Furniture Outlet has specialized in closeouts since it opened in 2004, furniture bargains are more popular now than ever, according to owner Floyd Harrington.
Harrington scouts out closeouts, such as discontinued items, factory overruns and overstocks, introductory priced pieces, and slightly blemished models. It supplements with other pieces that it can obtain for a good price.
“We purchase truckloads, container loads – any way we can get a great deal and pass along the savings,” he said.
Lately, Harrington has come across more unusual pieces – items that might not be found at conventional furniture stores.
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“The way the industry is going, manufacturers are only keeping their absolute best sellers and discounting everything else,” he explained.
A good example is the armoire. You might be hard-pressed to find one in a conventional furniture store because most manufacturers have shifted toward stands intended for flat panel sets. At Harrington Home Furniture, there are armoires in a range of styles, discounted 50 percent or more.
Harrington notes that armoires can still be used for most televisions 40 inches or smaller. But he also likes to remind customers that they were originally intended for bedroom storage.
“It’s like having a moveable extra closet,” he said. “It’s a nice piece of furniture and a multifunctional storage piece.”
Overall, the style at Harrington Home Furniture is transitional, with nothing too traditional and nothing too modern. A few rustic and ranch style pieces are a nod to the tastes of North County residents.
Harrington also keeps an eye on trends. He has recently brought in some exotic hardwoods like sheesham and acacia, which are prized for their striking grains and unusual coloration. He is able to offer discount pricing on these items by buying furniture sets, then splitting them up for individual sale.
Harrington Home Furniture Outlet also offers special orders. Harrington can discount these orders by dealing with the same manufacturers from which he purchases closeouts.
The store’s website, www.harringtonhomefurniture.com, features many items that can be special ordered. It’s also a good place to browse specialty items such as bathroom vanities, craft tables, game tables, kids’ furniture, electric fireplaces, and home accents.
Harrington Home Furniture Outlet is located at 2560 El Camino Real in Atascadero, (805) 464-0420.