Who Buys This Stuff?…..In the Land of the Giants?


***Hubby’s 6’0 tall, but this chair dwarfs him.  Good thing he doesn’t suffer Napoleonic complex…The chair’s a buttery leather of course.

See the question in the above title? I’m serious…Ever been into Restoration Hardware’s Wrentham, Massachusetts store (for alleged ‘sales’ on their goods)?

Hubby and I go periodically, but we always consider a visit there a Day Trip.  Why?  As Rhode Islanders, anytime we  cross state borders or go further than 25 miles, we ramp up the car engine and depart for the day.

But, let me share with you how we regard Restoration Hardware.  First off, I believe it must be a shopping emporium for VERY BIG people, due to the sheer size of the couches, chairs, ottomans that all defy  ‘normal’ measurements. 

Same goes for the price tags of such.  

Now, when I hunt for a new couch, one of my major concerns is:  Is it deep enough to accommodate tall people? (I am 5’9” and most of my family tend to be taller, too.)

No problem with Restoration Hardware furniture’s  Paul Bunyan-esque proportions.  If anything, the seats are too deep. 

Next, I wonder:  “Who’s ever going to be able to move that piece of furniture?” I mean, if I change my mind about its placement in my home (other than where it was first set down when delivery people brought it,)  I’m married to that location forever.

No—a move of such a gargantuan piece is out of the question.

So, I return to my first question:  “Who buys these goods?” Even decorative items, like an outside garden urn,  costs hundreds of dollars. (Don’t they know they can get a perfectly reasonable facsimile at Homegoods for a fraction of the cost…one they could actually lift?”)

I have to think the actual shoppers there are people who have dispensable incomes far above my own…or they’re people who want others to think they have.

Or maybe they’re people like me who waltz in, meander around, marvel at the prices and wonder, in the end “Who buys this stuff?”  And I just LOVE the announcement of their sales.  25% off an item that’s perhaps a hundred times what I’d pay for it anyway.

Don’t believe me?—Take a ride up to the Wrentham outlet where slightly-damaged or overstocked goods are offered at so-called ‘bargain prices.’ I think you’ll find it, like me, quite a remarkable experience.

Anyone else stunned by the prices?  Anyone else wonder who plunks the money down and actually buys these items? Or are most of those in the store other window shoppers (like me.)

Or maybe they’re picking up stocking- stuffer items in the store’s one section of ‘inexpensive’—the gadgets, the mini-games kids can play on a car ride, unique and handy guidebooks to help one fix any minor problem in the home.

It’s apparently not just me—either—who wonders who are Restoration Hardware’s ahoppers.  When I Googled Restoration Hardware:  Who Buys This Stuff?” I got the following article written back in 2010.  This man even notes the products that especially befuddled him.

I love it…Every time I think I’m having an original thought, I discover someone else had that same thought before me…sometimes a couple of years.

Now, the question:  “Why is Restoration hardware still in business and who are their paying customers?”  Are you one of them or do you share our thoughts?  I repeat–Who buys stuff there?

Here’s a link for you to check out their stuff…Right now, there’s a sale going on–25% off their already vastly-inflated priced items..Last Sunday, their Wrentham store was packed with shoppers and I wanted to yell out:  “C’mon, seriously…are any of you really buying these pieces?”

Why the big crowds?  It was tax- forgiveness day in Massachusetts, just in time for end-of- season and back-to-school sales.

Why was I there?  I’m an idiot (for not knowing that ahead of time and getting stuck in the massive traffic tie-ups)….

In picture on right husband holds up something we can afford–a light bulb– in the aisle of incidentals, those small items many call stocking-stuffers. This is the only section where we can truly shop–there and the back-wall clearance items. In picture to the left, he holds a giant cup/urn and sits on a elephantine leather couch.  It costs almost more than the average Rhode Islander’s yearly salary, but it’s reduced to $5,000 from $13,000! (At those prices, we’d all need urn-sized drinks!)

It’s fun in Neverneverland…we like to go every once in a while–it gives us perspective in life.

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A lifetime teacher and realtor who's now a published writer, Colleen Kelly Mellor is a humorist first, ever aware of the thread that connects us all. Her works have appeared in the WSJ, Providence Journal, and CNN and NY Times-acclaimed medical blog, kevinMD.com, to name a few. All material on this blog is exclusive property of the author and cannot be reproduced without this author's express written consent.
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