Our Extreme gratitude

Thank you to the thousands of people who braved the beautiful weather to shop the Warners’ Stellian Appliance Extreme Warehouse Sale this past weekend.

Here’s the recap, in photos:

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Hundreds of Minnesotans (and some out-of-staters) lined up for the doors to open to our warehouse sale March 12, 2012. Sure it was nice, but I've seen a similar size line in blizzard conditions. We're hardy here!

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My dad, Jeff Warner - president of Warners' Stellian - wears the same ugly striped knit hat he's been wearing since before I was born while serving delicious Peace Coffee to the second half of our customer line before the warehouse sale started.

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...And they're off! Our appliance warehouse sale doors opened at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Me & dad mug for a post-coffee serving photo. But now that the sale had begun, we needed get inside to help!

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A view from inside the Extreme Warehouse Sale March 2012 right after the doors opened.

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Another view of the warehouse sale. It's so big, it's impossible to capture it in one frame.

Though we had well over one thousand customers, we moved quickly and kept the longest check-out wait to only 15 minutes.

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Thank you to all of our customers and friends for making this our most successful sale to date. We truly couldn't do it without all of you, so we're EXTREMEly appreciative.

HOW TO: Shop the Warners’ Stellian Warehouse Sale 2012 like a pro

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I’m reposting this now-classic blog because hey, why reinvent the wheel? These tips remain relevant for the Warners’ Stellian Extreme Warehouse Sale 2012. Measure twice and cut once, people.

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 2012 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

Don’t be a fool; Use this tool.

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 — and this is HUGE — measure the width of the doorways and staircases the appliance will need to travel through. Some door frames can be removed, but it’s often that someone buys a washer only to find it doesn’t fit down her narrow basement staircase.

Know your fuel type
This might seem obvious if you’re buying a cooking appliance like a range or cooktop (is it flat, coiled or does it have grates? Duh.). But you should double-check whether you have a gas or electric hookup when buying a dryer or oven.

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 website for more ideas on what features are important to you.

 

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. We have coloring stations and movies once you get to checkout to keep meltdowns at bay.

After the sale

Receive delivery/install time estimate
You’ll receive a call with an three-hour window estimate the night 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.

Don’t waste your investment because you lack product knowledge.

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.

Your refrigerator water filter will need to be replaced every six to 12 months. And please, for the sake of your breathing, don’t overstuff your vacuum bags!

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I attack the FAQs plaguing our industry. Hard-hitting issues like, Troubleshoot (almost) any dishwasher problems and HOW TO: change a refrigerator water filter. 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!

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Appliance warehouse sale 2012 this weekend

The Warners’ Stellian Extreme Appliance Warehouse Sale is back again for 2012.

This weekend marks a rare two-day window during which hundreds of appliances are priced at or below our cost.

But in total we’ll have thousands of deeply discounted appliance — in every category — marked down because they’re closeout models, floor models, scratch and dent, discontinued.

All items come with a full factory warranty.  Metro area delivery is available for $75, so people should arrange to pickup their purchase within 14 days for the best savings.

WHEN:   Saturday, March 10 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Sunday, MArch 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:    Warners’ Stellian Warehouse.  550 Atwater Circle, one mile north of I-94 on Dale Street at Topping Street, St. Paul.

Appliance stimulus rebates available again for a limited time

The rush for appliances was so great, we made the news a few times.

Remember the appliance stimulus — sometimes known as Cash For Clunkers Appliances — that happened a couple years ago?

We saw a huge response to the mail-in rebates offered by the state government on refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and washers.

But not everyone got to take advantage of the limited rebates.

And what about those who need new dryers and stoves, too?

So, this year, we created our own appliance stimulus rebates.

Beginning now, you can reserve a Appliance Stimulus Rebate at Warners’ Stellian, good Feb. 25 through March 4.

What’s different?

  • We decided to included non-Energy Star products so people could get rebates things like ranges/stoves, dryers, ovens and cooktops that didn’t qualify for the government appliance rebates – even vacuums
  • You’re not limited to just one rebate, which means you can get up to $1,600 total in rebates. Buy a laundry pair and get rebates on both the washer and dryer (and grab an extra $50 on qualifying pairs!). You are, however, limited to one rebate per appliance category with the exception of cooking; for instance, you can get a rebate on both a cooktop and wall oven.
  • Most major brands are participating, though we can’t offer rebates on UMRP products (see store for details).
  • See more details here

You must register for a rebate online so we can e-mail you a confirmation page. Print it out and present it at any of our 7 Minnesota kitchen showrooms, and we’ll help you get a super good appliance deal on something you’re just going to love putting in your home.

Here we go again!

Our Extreme gratitude

Thank you to everyone who made our Fall 2011 Extreme Warehouse Sale a success.

It's always a mad rush for the pro ranges.

We had thousands through our St. Paul warehouse doors on Saturday and Sunday (we counted nearly 2,500 “shopping groups,” as people make purchases as households, not individuals most the time).

Founder Jim Warner (left) chats with current Warners' Stellian employees.

My grandpa, Jim Warner, the retired founder of Warners’ Stellian even got out on the floor to sell a few appliances again. When I asked him how many he sold, he answered, “I don’t sell, I just hand it off to someone else.”

And then, in his usual style, told us one man pointed at a product and asked, “What’s this thing?” And grandpa answered, “Darned if I know.” He’s hilarious, and we were all really happy to have him out to the sale.

These happy customers asked for their photo post-buying agreement.

But mostly, it’s a fun two days for our company. It’s an Extreme amount of work, but we never get so many happy customers in one place at one time.

How do we do it? See below:

Wow! Quite the deal on this one.

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Refrigerators from a few hundred to several thousand dollars -- and everything in between.

Thanks again. We’ll see you next year!

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