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Dreams are Free

Monday Musings..

I have discounts with more than half a dozen online retailers, but I still prefer to shop for furniture and decor in person.

Online Brands
I LOVE these companies – and discounts! But shopping online is not the same.

I know part of this has to do with my time in college when I browsed the Bombay Company on my lunch break and loved shopping the clearance shelves at the Pier 1 near my home.

Shopping is a sensory experience. I want to see all the colors, touch the fabrics, listen to music, and sit on the furniture.

I’m sure it’s also due to the first couple years after college when I worked for Capperella Furniture, where I met my husband. I loved rearranging the displays and accessorizing. I voiced my ideas to the owners about getting new flooring, changing walls, and rearranging things in the showroom. We once moved an entire rack of rugs (heavy rugs) because I knew that it would work better for showing them to customers. I was always thinking about how to improve the buyer’s experience. Fortunately for me, it was a second-generation family-owned company and they were open to opinions and ideas from their employees. I grew so much during my time in that job.

It’s nice to be able to shop from the warmth and comfort of your home, 24/7. But I still say that nothing can touch that store experience.

A few years ago when we went to Las Vegas Market, I let myself dream – to really imagine what it would be like to have my own shop.

Vegas Market Lights
Shopping at LVM, January 2015

Opening a retail store seems like a recipe for disaster in this digital age, but I still can’t help wanting to do it.

Dreaming
Thank goodness dreaming is FREE!

 

What do you think? I know I’m not alone in the way I feel about shopping. Which do you prefer, and why? Do you think there’s still a place for retail home stores when we can “click to buy” and have it delivered to our porch within a week?

Author:

I am a Mom and self-employed Interior Designer. Our family lives in a small town in north-central Pennsylvania where everybody knows everybody. I blog for fun to keep my friends and clients informed of what's going on in the design and decorating world, to share my designs, and to show what we're working on in our own home.

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