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 March Madness, New Furniture, and an April Wedding
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Thu, Mar 17th, 2005 11:41 pm

Well, March Madness has officially begun. In our home, despite the fact that both of our alma maters are in the NCAA tournament, March Madness has nothing to do with basketball. To Kimberly and I, March Madness refers to our mad dash effort to get our new home ready for a house full of guests that will be coming to St Louis for our wedding in April.

So as Kimberly and I have been rehabbing, remodeling, repainting, and redecorating, I thought I would share a few of our experiences.

Furniture

Why does it always have to start at the furniture store...

I was introduced to a new concept in furniture last week. There’s a company called Home Source Solution down in the Chesterfield Valley. Basically, Home Source Solution primarily caters to designers but works with individuals on an appointment basis. There really isn’t a store; it’s just a small warehouse space where you can specially order furniture from name brand manufacturers. Because there isn’t an expensive store front or inventory, the prices are discounted. Not a great place to go if you are hoping to get ideas on decorating, but if you know exactly what you want it’s worth a visit.

If interested, contact Kimberly and she can give you their contact information.

(Updated Oct 11, 2010: I've removed the contact information above because after 5 years it was no longer accurate- the sales rep I referenced is no longer with them and they've moved to a bigger location.  However Kimberly can get you a current sales rep's contact information if you would like to schedule an appointment.)

On the web: http://www.homesourcesolution.com/

Of course the furniture shopping didn’t stop there. If you haven’t shopped for furniture lately, St Louis’ hottest chain of discount furniture stores is a place called Weekends Only. As their name implies, they are only open on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. But their strange store hours are more than a gimmick, apparently that’s when 90% of furniture gets bought. Their furniture isn’t the highest quality, but it’s priced accordingly. We found a great chair there for under $300. If you’re working on a budget or like to update your furniture on a regular basis, it’s a good place to go to find a bargain or a deal. This was the third time we’ve picked up furniture there.

On the web at: http://www.weekendsonly.com/

Phillip’s Furniture. No use going there, they’re gone. We went to their closeout sale (they’re changing to become an Ashley Furniture Store). What’s interesting is this longtime family-owned St Louis store is owned by the same guy who created the Weekend’s Only concept.

The only reason I mention them is to remind you that when furniture shopping you should always set a target and stay on task (or you end up like us). With a need for two living room chairs, we bought a grandfather clock...

On the web: (oh, wait...)

(Updated Oct 11, 2010: Mr. Phillips decided he didn't like being an Ashley Furniture Store, so he closed that down and reopened Phillips Furniture (so they aren't gone anymore!)  Although during our 2010 furniture shopping experiences I noticed they no longer sell Grandfather clocks so I guess it's a good thing we got the one we have when we got it!)

Lastly, if you go to Rothman’s on Manchester road in Ballwin, ask for John. He’s less irritating than most, and he gave us a great blanket for buying an ottoman (again, nothing we went to buy, but we’re impulsive what can I say).

(Updated Oct 11, 2010: It took us 5 years to finally find a place in our home for that damn ottoman that we purchased because Kim felt sorry for the sales rep.  Remember kids, when furniture shopping set a goal and stay on task.)

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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