Curtain Outlet

A curtain outlet store should not be confused with a discount curtains and drapes store. While both offer savings of 50-80 percent or more, a discount curtains and drapes store is likely to have a better selection of styles, fabrics and colors. A curtain outlet store is where curtains end up when more are made than there are people willing to buy them. "Factory overstock" means "not enough takers".

But there is a buyer for almost every product. It"s entirely possible that you will find your dream draperies in a curtain outlet store, while your local department store has stopped carrying them.

An online and retail seller of discounted designer decor, including curtains, is Design Within Reach. It opened its first outlet store in 2006, in Seacaucus, NJ. In addition to famous name furniture, floor coverings, lighting, and accessories, it’s a curtain outlet store too. The 22,000 square foot annex to DWR's New York studios features closeout, discontinued, and returned items at 60 percent or more off retail.

Ann & Hope Curtain & Bath Outlet is a straightforward chain of curtain outlet and bath accessories stores in the Northeast, specifically Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. They stock regular curtains and shower curtains; rods, rings, hooks, brackets, and holdbacks; blinds, shades, and rollups; a line of insulated energy-saving curtains; bathroom cabinets and shelves; and even rugs for the bath and home.

"The small store with the BIG selection" is Coastal Curtain Outlet . Based in Damariscotta, Maine, Coastal Curtain Outlet serves customers through its storefront, website, by fax and by snailmail. The company offers a wide variety of door panel curtains, embroidered sheers (dutch Swiss), and lace curtains, Logan check and solid duck curtains, pinch pleated drapes, Priscilla and Cape Cod curtains, bamboo and roman shades; shower curtains, toile curtains, tab top and tailored curtains, valances, swags, jabots, and simple rod pocket, poletope, and grommet curtains. But oddly enough, Coastal Curtain Outlet does not sell any rods, brackets, or other hardware. It's strictly curtains. That's probably why they can charge a flat $9 shipping regardless of an order's size!

No, not all curtain outlet stores are in New England. In fact, several national department stores like JC Penney have curtain outlet stores online and within their main stores. But it seems the "outlet" business model became popular back East many years ago, leading to a host of businesses with "outlet" in their names.

Cape May Linen Outlet is another example, in Cape May, New Jersey. This place has some spectacular medallion lace panels and valances ($12.50 to $25), pinch pleated and tab top curtains, intricate hemstitch designs, and a host of hardware to complement your curtain selection. Cape May Linen Outlet also has a full line of bedding and bath curtains, sheets, bedspreads, rugs, towels, and more.

In the bad old days before the internet, you had to drives dozens or even hundreds of miles to the nearest curtain outlet store. But thanks to the world wide web and credit cards, curtain outlet stores are now as close as your computer!