Shoppers lined up Saturday before 6 a.m. — in the falling snow — drinking coffee served by president Jeff Warner and his niece Meg. After the doors opened at 7, people slapped SOLD tags on anything from a replacement microwave to a full, pro-style kitchen with steam laundry.
Still, the weather slowed our traffic a bit from normal warehouse sale levels, which meant two things:
Fewer cookies eaten by customers and more cookies eaten by those of us working as cashiers (oops!)
A bunch of discount appliances still need good homes
Even if you were deterred by the weather (or the Vikes) and couldn’t make it out to us this time, you can still help these lonely appliances by taking advantage of the low prices on our leftover inventory. Appliances will be making their way back to our stores, especially our Minneapolis appliance outlet.
Thanks to everyone who made this another successful sale. Everyone in our company pitched in for this, so the appreciation ran deep from our employees to our customers.
On a personal note, I realized once again why this sale is my absolute favorite day to work all year. I met so many of our great customers, who shared their stories and excitement with me — it’s really a treat for me, so thank you 🙂
When we offer our Facebook fans a chance to save another $25 on top of the pretty good deal to be found at our Extreme Warehouse Sale this Saturday and Sunday, I call that impossible to pass up.
Like us on Facebook, and you’ll find our Coupon Giveaway Event on our wall. Our fans who RSVP for that event will get a message tomorrow (Friday) with a link to a $25 coupon to print out and use on an order $500 and up either Saturday or Sunday.
Have you been to our Extreme Warehouse Sale before?
Do you use coupons?
What are you looking to save big on this time?
We’ll have thousands of appliance deals on hand for Warners’ Stellian’s (now-famous) Extreme Warehouse Sale, taking place 7 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.
No matter how many people come to our warehouse sale door this week and call our sales line, there’s absolutely no early shopping allowed. But…I can give you a sneak peek of the deals smart shoppers will be snapping up at our St. Paul appliance warehouse (550 Atwater Circle, 1 miles north of I-94 & Dale).
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 2010 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 — 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.
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!
It’s most wonderful time of the year…Extreme Warehouse Sale time!
(Normally, I wouldn’t use exclamation points in this blog, but it’s pretty much appliance Christmas right now.)
In case you’ve never been, here are five things about the Warners’ Stellian Extreme Warehouse Sale you need to know.
1. Thousands of deals, hundreds of appliances below cost
We PACK the floor of our warehouse with deals — including brands that “never go on sale.” 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. Delivery is $75 to the metro area, so take your purchase with you for maximum savings (we deliver to other areas for an additional fee). Professional installation is available for built-in items.
2. Next weekend, two days only Saturday, Nov. 13 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 10 to 5
3. It’s called a warehouse sale for a reason Because that’s the ONLY place you’ll find these deals:
4. You’re in good company Each Extreme Warehouse Sale, we get thousands of people through our doors. Last sale, we counted about 3,300 “groups” (we don’t count people individually because people usually make purchases as a family/couple). For our part, we’ll have about 120 staff on hand to help you select the right product, check out, load your purchases into your car, 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.
Stainless steel can be — and is — recycled. (According to the International Stainless Steel Forum, new stainless-steel products are made from about 60 percent recycled stainless.) Its alternative, enameled steel, also is recyclable, so stainless steel isn’t significantly better or worse for the environment.
But materials aren’t all that important when trying to determine how earth-friendly home appliances are. What matters most is energy efficiency, said Lise Laurin, founder of EarthShift, a Vermont company that works with corporations and institutions on sustainability.
Of course, we recycle replaced appliances for free on most purchases, so you can feel comfortable about upgrading to stainless steel. Just make them Energy Star appliances.
While quantities last, we have three pairs of laundry that have been priced to move:
(gas dryer extra on first and third pictured pair)
And those looking for a new refrigerator have the chance to get a LG French-door refrigerator at rock-bottom prices.
But, quantities are limited, so deals can only last as long as your fellow customers allow them to.
We’re getting A LOT of calls from people with specific model numbers in mind, wanting to know what products would be included in our sale.
He was very understanding when I explained to him that we have more than 2,000 products on display for this sale.
And truly don’t know what’s down there until we see it all Saturday morning!
But with more than 2,000 products, we generally have something for everyone, or at least for the majority of the nearly 2,400 groups of customers that came out for our last warehouse sale.
Other big discounts include an Energy Star Maytag dishwasher in stainless steel for $349 and a stainless steel Fridgidaire self-clean gas range for $499, while quantities last (both pictured below).
A selection of brands that “never go on sale” will be available (again, while quantities last), including Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Liebherr and Electrolux. Customers can save up to 80% on professional-style built-in models. Jenn-Air wall ovens, for example, will start at $599 and you can save $1,000 off Electrolux French-door ice & water refrigerators.
We’ll have some of my personal favorite, steam laundry, at the sale for $1499 for a washer/dryer pair.
Maybe your kitchen and laundry room is all set, but you’ve got your eye on a grill or wine refrigerator. We’ll have those, along with Miele vacuums starting at $329.