The name of furniture store The Dump doesn’t exactly make you want to go there. But you may want to rethink that first impression.
The chain (there are 10 other locations in the U.S.) is opening its first Chicago-area store in Lombard at the end of August. Now, to be clear, this is not a place where you'll see artisanal or designer home goods. But it's also not a place filled with mass-market furniture made from particle board.
It’s somewhere in between.
You’ll find brand names (including Italian manufacturer Natuzzi, mattress heavyweights Tempur-Pedic and Serta, and North Carolina-based furniture companies such as Old Hickory Tannery and Klaussner) for up to 80 percent off their usual retail price. Some of these manufacturers sell to big retail chains, such as Restoration Hardware. The sofa shown here is only $1,499 (regularly $3,400).
The key to the low prices is that the items are usually overstocks, showroom models, one-offs, factory sell-outs, or design prototypes. It really is worth checking out if you need some big-ticket items and hope to score a bargain.