More than 30 people stood patiently outside Carls Furniture City on Thursday morning, waiting for the doors to open at 10 a.m. for its going-out-of-business forever sale.
The store will stay open until all of its inventory is gone, which likely will be in four to eight weeks, sales manager Barry J. OBrien said. All furniture at the store is marked down by 30 to 70 percent from previous sale prices. Most of the stores recliners are now priced at $299, while some multi-piece furniture sets are more than $500 off former prices. Accessory items, such as end tables, mirrors and lamps, are all 50 percent off.
Lots of our living room sets are 100 percent leather, which you dont find at other stores, Mr. OBrien said. And if you buy it, well deliver it right away.
Adams resident Marilyn M. Patten, who was among the crowd that arrived early, said she hoped to find a deal on a large couch. Her nine grandchildren often come to visit, she said, and need places to sit.
The sofa would be nice, because my grandchildren often stay overnight, she said. Im hoping to get at least $100 off. I could get more, but Im not counting on it.
Owner Carl Vogel announced this week that stores in Watertown and Utica will close soon. Mr. Vogel is well known for televisions ads in which he shouts the stores motto: Well save you money!
So you can imagine just how low we will go in a going-out-of-business sale, Mr. Vogel said in a news release. We suggest shoppers come in early for the best selection.
Evans Mills resident Gary P. Howell, 59, said hes hunting for a replacement three- to four-piece living room set. He initially was torn over whether to show up on the first day of the sale or wait a couple of weeks when prices drop more.
The longer you wait, the lower the prices, he said. But Im hoping to beat the rat race this time. The early bird catches the worm.
Major blowout sales are in the stores clearance area, where furniture with minor defects such as rips and tears is sold. The price of a leather recliner sofa, for example, was knocked down from $1,299 to $697. A sofa and love seat set was reduced from $849 to $697.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.