I’m a passive aggressive fan of Restoration Hardware. The clearance prices can be exceptional at 60 to 70 percent discounts. The towels and bedding are pricey but an exceptional value on sale. Still, I worry that the brand is slipping. Many of the items are made in China now. Some items, especially lighting, are plainly overpriced compared to similar or identical items at the competition. The fantastic selection of drawer pulls, which never go on sale, can be nearly duplicated at Menards for much less moolah.
The Fall Furnishings event in progress includes 20 percent discount on all drapery hardware. Not a big discount, but it’s the first time that the entire stock of drapery hardware has been discounted. All drapes are also discounted.
The current sale continues through Sept. 3. I’ll be watching for more cracks around the facade. (At least they dodged the bullet being bought out by Sears.) Anyone else think this traditional home furnishings store has peaked?