What is it with us Midwesterners and our deal-bragging? You know: upon receiving a compliment we gloat about the gasp-worthy low price we got it for, unsolicited. Perhaps it’s because we fancy ourselves pro deal hunters.
But our Extreme Warehouse Sale this Saturday and Sunday is no Macy’s clearance rack. I’m talkin’ big-ticket items at huge discounts: you need to prepare a bit. The savings are so hot, all sales are final.
Luckily for you, I’ve compiled the secrets of the pros — tips that will prepare any appliance rookie for the big league.
Before the sale
Measure your space
Don’t learn the hard way: there is no “standard” in appliance sizes. Use a measuring tape on the available space — not the existing appliance — and write down dimensions to bring to the sale.
Also, measure the width of the doorways and staircases the appliance will need to travel through.
Know your fuel type
You’ll need to know whether you have a gas or electric hookup when buying a dryer, a range or a cooktop.
Consider your hinges
For example, some refrigerators on sale will be left hinge only. Wouldn’t it be terrible to find a great deal on a fridge only to get it home and not be able to open it? Also know what side you want the hinges on a front-load washer and any type of dryer, in case there’s an option.
Do some research
We’ll have more than 2,000 appliances available at the start of the sale, so have something in mind to avoid frustration. The best tip? Know what you like and don’t like about your existing model. Check out our Web site for more ideas on what features are important to you.
You MUST pay for your purchase at the time of sale, though we certainly have financing options to help you pay. Save time by getting approved online at home. Just make sure to bring in your approval slip with your new account number for our files.
Also, even if you’re financing the purchase, you must pay the sales tax at the time of sale.
The day of the sale
Bring a hauling vehicle
Usually, we offer free delivery on purchases $499 and above, but this sale is anything but usual. Our warehouse is full of products, so we encourage customers to take their purchases with them the day of the sale. We’ll help you load it up and everything.
If you do choose to have it delivered, it’s $75 and you must take delivery within 14 days.
Know your schedule
We’ll arrange for delivery and any installation for built-in appliances (available for additional charges) at the time of sale. We’ll call you the day before the delivery with an AM/PM estimate and our crew can call you before they arrive if you need to meet them at your house.
Pack a stroller
Our warehouse is a warehouse. It’s clean and safe, but it’s also big and crowded and without a play area. Strollers work well to keep small children nearby when you’re shopping the selection.
After the sale
Receive delivery/install time estimate
You’ll receive a call with an AM/PM estimate the day before your scheduled delivery and/or install.
Apply for rebates
You could qualify for even more savings by rebate. Once you receive your product, you can fill in the serial number (the delivery crew can help you locate this) on your rebate forms and submit them promptly, as they expire.
Read your manual
Knowing your new product can help you save time and improve the quality of your cooking and cleaning. Stow it somewhere memorable to refer to for troubleshooting and general operation questions.
Don’t ignore accessories
If you get a dishwasher, buy rinse aid to help dry your dishes. If you buy a smooth-top electric range, you’ll want cooktop cleaner to keep it looking new. The water filter in your fridge will need to be replaced every six to 12 months. And please, for the sake of your breathing, don’t overstuff your vacuum bags!
Visit my blog
Every Wednesday, I attack the FAQs plaguing our industry. Hard-hitting questions like, “Why is my washer smelly?” and “How do I clean stainless steel?” It’s also an easy way to reach me if you need help. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about the next Extreme Sale!
1. Thousands of deals, hundreds of appliances below cost
You’ll find floor models, discontinued models, scratch and dent appliances — you name it. But, all items come with full factory warranty. Usually we deliver for free with purchases $499 and up, but this isn’t your usual appliance purchase. So, delivery is $75 to the metro area (outside areas are additional). Take your purchase with you for maximum savings. Professional installation is available for built-in items.
2. This weekend…only!
No pre-shopping nor post-shopping. We open the doors this Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 a.m. and keep chugging till 5:30 p.m. taking a quick break to prepare for our Sunday sale on Oct. 28 from 11 to 5.
3. It’s called a warehouse sale for a reason
We hold it in our warehouse — which is actually quite roomy and clean — because none of our other stores could accommodate the volume we do this weekend. So don’t expect to find the sale at our stores. Instead, navigate to Warners’ Stellian’s St. Paul Warehouse, approximately 1 mile north of 94 off Dale Street
4. You’re in good company
Each Extreme Warehouse Sale, we get thousands of people through our doors. Approximate 3,500 “groups” (we don’t count people individually because people usually make purchases as a family/couple) receive assistance from our 120 or so staff on hand to select the right product, check out, load your purchases into cars, etc.
5. No other sale like it
We prepare half the year for this sale, and it’s been so successful that manufacturers have gotten behind it and helped us offer deals worth getting excited about. The offers are hot because we not only offer closeout appliances, floor models, scratch and dent items and discontinued models, we now make special buys specifically for the sale — some even new, in-the-box. This year, we’re offering our largest-ever selection of professional cooking and refrigeration appliances, too!
Want to see what some of those special buys are? We offer no sneak peaks of the warehouse — no exceptions — but we always share a few featured items we’ve bought special for this year’s sale.
Sign up for our email list and we’ll send that selection directly to your inbox on Wednesday.
We moved it up to the last weekend of October, which is this Saturday and Sunday.
When and where is it?
Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7-5:30
Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11-5
Warner Stellian’s St. Paul Warehouse
550 Atwater Circle
1 mile north of I-94 and Dale at Topping Street
What’s on sale?
Well, we can’t tell you that — it would ruin the surprise for everyone. BUT we will share a selection of featured products that will be on hand, while supplies last, via email on Wednesday.
Join our email list and you’ll get to check out these special purchases we’ve made for the sale.
Do NOT call trying to find out specific models and prices of what’s in the warehouse. Most of us don’t know. Those who do won’t tell you. It’s only fair to all our shoppers.
Like we do every year, we’ll have hundreds of deeply discounted appliances in every category and major brand. Plus, all the specialty items such as high-quality vacuums, wine and beverage refrigeration and grills.
But this year, the rumor is we’ll have our largest-ever selection of professional cooking appliances and built-in refrigeration. So, here’s your chance to step up to that high-end range you always dreamed of and still be able to afford the food you want to cook on it.
See you this weekend!
Because he has absolutely nothing else to do, the Maytag Repairman is visiting a couple Warner Stellian Appliance stores this Thursday, Oct. 11.
The iconic figure has been biding his time since 1967 (see ), though he looks a little different these days: younger, more technologically inclined as Maytag adds innovation to its reputation as dependable. (i.e. my Maytag refrigerator exceeds federal energy standards by 30%, putting it in the Tier 3 category of CEE ratings.)
But he’s still absolutely available. So cards it is.
His likely adept skills at solitaire won’t necessarily translate to Go Fish. So come try your hand and give him some company.
If cards aren’t your thing, we’ll take your picture and get you an autograph.
Thursday, We’ll be at our Edina appliance store, 3533 W. 70th St. (across from the Galleria) from 9-10 a.m.
Then we’ll hop over to our Falcon Heights/Roseville/St. Paul appliance store (so amazing it has three names around here), 1711 N. Snelling St. (two blocks north of the State Fairgrounds), from 11-noon.
Hope to see you there.
Recently, we realized that although we excel at providing excellent appliance experiences from selection to installation, we’re horrible archivists.
Thus, we’re bribing you all to help us out.
In conjunction with our Customer Appreciation Sale, celebrating almost 60 years as Minnesota’s appliance specialist, Warners’ Stellian is gathering the best original stories, memories, photos — you name it — of our past and present.
Send us your stories, photos, Warners’ Stellian “swag,” receipts — you name it.
We’ll reward the owner of our favorite submission with a Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway to Grand View Lake Lodge in Brainerd worth over $630. The getaway package includes two nights lodging, breakfast, a $100 Dining Card and a Couples Massage at the beautiful Glacial Waters Spa (good on Friday evening or Sunday morning of the stay). The stay is good from Nov. 15, 2012 through March 3, 2012.
For an example of what we’re looking for, check out this blog about a time when our delivery crew went above and beyond.
To enter, send you name, address, and phone number along with your story or photo to email@example.com. If you prefer mail, send your entry and contact info to:
Frozen In Time Contest
550 Atwater Circle
St. Paul, MN 55103
For full details, visit the contest page on our website. Good luck!
I think a lot of us, especially those who grew up near St. Paul, went (or still go!) to “see the houses on Summit.” Just driving by these beautiful, storied mansions imparts such a feeling of awe and wonder (especially about what’s inside, right?).
Well, every two years, the Summit Hill Association offers you the chance to indulge your curiosities and — for one day — peek into the history of its popular neighborhood during the Summit Hill House Tour. This year’s tour is this Sunday, Sept. 9 from noon to 6 p.m.
Again this year, Warner Stellian is the proud presenting sponsor of the self-guided tour, which includes about 12 private home interiors. Residents of Summit Hill have been our loyal customers for years, and we’ve enjoyed outfitting their homes with the finest appliances as well.
The history of the tour, from its website:
Since it began in 1972, the Summit Hill House Tour has been a hit for Twin Cities’ folks and those far beyond the metro area. In fact, it is one of the most popular historic house tours in the nation. This biennial event (every even year) is the major fund-raiser for the Summit Hill Association (SHA) that supports every program or event sponsored by SHA. The programs and events include — communications (newsletter and website), promotion and recruitment of citizen volunteers, crime prevention block and building clubs organizing, neighborhood review of zoning applications, annual clean-up drives, park and Grand Avenue “greening” beautification efforts, recycling, traffic calming and much more!
Hear Jeff Warner talk about his love for the tour:
After years of serving Anoka County customers from our stores miles away, Warner Stellian is excited to announce that we decided to move a lot closer to our customers in the North Metro.
On Friday, we opened our eighth appliance store — in Coon Rapids off Highway 10 and Round Lake, across the highway from Riverdale. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable appliance specialists are eager to help you choose from among 50 brands, including major brands like Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Maytag, LG, GE, Samsung, Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid and high-end brands like Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Thermador, Bosch and Asko.
Our wide selection allows us to really match any customer to the perfect appliance for her lifestyle and budget. Plus, we offer the same free local delivery and appliance recycling by our professional service crews that you can trust in your home (free delivery applies to orders $499 and up).
Our address is 3436 129th Ave. NE, Coon Rapids, MN 55448. We’re open everyday, but you can also call 763-421-5720 to make an appointment.
We’re still finishing the final touches on our store displays, but veteran Appliance Specialists like store manager, Jeff Warner Jr., bring much expertise to our shiny new space.
Please stop in and see us. We’re planning our official Grand Opening celebrations for early October, but we’re excited to join the Coon Rapids/Anoka County community and become the area’s No. 1 choice for appliances.
I hope to post more photos soon, but in the meantime, see it for yourselves!
The Eco Experience, located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue, brings together organizations, ideas, and hands-on activities to show what the fair-goers what they can do at home to help the environment.
(By the way…while you’re saving the environment…By replacing your refrigerator, washer, dishwasher and freezer from the 1980s to new Energy Star appliances you can save an average $350 a year in energy costs. Save away!)
Warner Stellian is partnering with the Fair again this year to demonstrate the options for choosing energy efficient applicances. Our display consists of a vignette of a kitchen (with island cabinet) and ENERGY STAR refrigerator, dishwasher, and other appliances with an adjacent laundry room demonstrating a HE washer and dryer.
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use up to 50% less energy and water than older models. If you’re already in the market for new appliances, choosing ENERGY STAR appliances over standard appliances will cost you an average $80 less annually in water and energy (even if they cost a few more smackeroos upfront).
You’ll find tips on how to decrease the energy you use on the appliances you already own.
If you like PowerPoint, awkward blondes and saving energy, come see me at the Eco Experience Sustainability Stage this Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. I’ll be showing you how to save money and energy both when you purchase new appliances and when you use what you’ve already got at home.
It’s an hour till game time and you’re searching for your kid’s jersey only to find it in a ball, covered in dirt.
Before you give into being “that mom” with the dirty-shirt kid, you should know that someone created a get out of jail free card for this situation.
The Electrolux Perfect Steam washer and dryer boast the fastest wash & dry time, totaling 29 minutes.
That’s faster than the first half of your kid’s game (and faster than even my boyfriend can get ready!). The Electrolux steam washer washes in just 15 minutes, and the Electrolux steam dryer gets your clothes dry in just 14 minutes.
Plus, the Electrolux laundry will actually get it clean. All the grass and dirt stains and sports drinks spills will be gone without a second thought from you (trust me, I can vouch for this first hand).
Those of us without kids who just happen to be as messy as a child can also appreciate the last-minute, life-saving abilities of the Fast Wash/Fast Dry cycle. When I have dinner reservations or an event, I don’t have to limit my options to what’s currently clean (which is generally very little at my house).
And if it’s simply wrinkled, the steam dryer can refresh it in 15 minutes — eliminating odors too! How handy is that?