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Should bedding cost as much as the bed?

  1. Oct 26, 2005 #1
    One of the things I enjoy is browsing in furniture stores. I used to visit one in particular in the town where I work because it was convenient to drive over there during my lunch hour. It's probably one of the top ten furniture stores in Maine.

    I hadn't visited any furniture stores for quite some time. Sometimes I get tired of looking at things I can't afford, so I stayed away for awhile. Not too long ago, that same furniture store opened another branch on Route 1 in Newcastle, a midcoast town between Wiscasset and Damariscotta.

    I stopped by one afternoon recently and I noticed that they had some beautiful bedding on display on each one of their bedroom sets. They had a comforter (or a duvet cover), six pillows of different shapes and sizes and bedskirt. It was very obvious that they were expertly crafted and the fabrics were of very fine quality. I saw at least three different sets that I liked very much. I asked a salesman how much the bedsets cost and the name of the company and where they were located. He said that two of them were from a company called Eastern Accents and the other one was from a company that had since closed. He said that one of the sets was about $2,000. The others were less but still in the general vicinity of the others. I realize that there is a lot of work in making all these coordinating pieces. The pillows all match but they're not exactly alike--just enough alike to make the design more interesting. There are two pillows about the size of regular bed pillows, two large squarish-shaped pillows and some small accent pillows (cylinder shaped, etc.).

    I asked him if he had been selling a lot of the bed ensembles or whatever they're called. He said that people were indeed buying them and they were doing very well with them. I asked, "What do they do with all the pillows at night? Do they just throw them on the floor?" He said, "I believe that's exactly what they do." I said, "I don't think I'd want to throw them on the floor after spending so much money on them." I know that many people throw stuffed animals on the floor but I think I'd want to put those pillows someplace other than the floor at that price.

    Would you spend that much for bedding? I was very impressed by the quality but that it isn't the point. Is it any wonder that families today can't get by on one income? We expect so much more today than when I was growing up in the 60's. Many families with small children wouldn't even pay that much for a bed or a bedroom set. My mother used to order things like that from those club books like "Signet" and "Popular Club" that used be so popular so long ago or stores like Sears.

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  3. Oct 26, 2005 #2

    Moonbear

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    $2000 for bedding?! I'm with you on this, that's just crazy. When I saw the title, I thought you were talking about mattresses, not the covers and pillows. Do you get a maid and turn-down service with that? :bugeye:
     
  4. Oct 26, 2005 #3

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    Not long ago my grandad had straw filled pillows, when i stayed with him i threw them on the flore, even today i hate pillows.
     
  5. Oct 26, 2005 #4
    I was quite surprised when he told me the price. I had no idea that companies manufactured comforters, bedskirts and pillows in that price range. I need my money for more important things right now--clothes, for instance. If you want to buy their catalog, it will only cost $25. Some deal, huh? :rolleyes:
     
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  6. Oct 26, 2005 #5

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    But Moonbie, those 600 thread count Eqyptian cotton sheets, pillow cases, etc. are not exactly cheap. And you do want the best, softest, lucious, softest, and fluffiest bedding, don't you?

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  7. Oct 26, 2005 #6

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    Even if you wanted the really nice sheets and pillowcases, that's the only stuff that's going to touch your skin that needs to be so nice. The decorative pillows land on the floor, the comforter ends up in a knot a the foot of the bed, the blankets are strewn...:blushing: Oh, you probably meant when sleeping. :shy: I balked when I saw sets sold for $500. Forget the blankets, all I need to keep me warm is a man (of course, until I find one of those...)
     
  8. Oct 26, 2005 #7

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    I'd stuff a hot water bottle inside a large Pooh Bear plush. It creates less problems, you don't have to sweet-talk him into doing anything, and you don't have to kick him out in the morning.

    Of course, I'm not talking about this based on experience. :)

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  9. Oct 26, 2005 #8

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    Wolram, 0 to 1000 watts depending on need in 10 seconds.:biggrin:
     
  10. Oct 26, 2005 #9
    I'm not an expert on sheets but I compared some of the sheets with various thread counts at Linens 'n Things. I don't know if it depends on the manufacturer but it seemed that the sheets with the highest threads counts seemed thinner when I felt them. I always thought it would be the other way around--that the sheets with a higher thread count should be substantially thicker.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2005 #10

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    That's why I quilt and sew-I can pick out what colors I want exactly, and spend a fraction of the cash :tongue2:
     
  12. Oct 26, 2005 #11

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    Not the ones made by Wamsuta. You can easily tell the difference in quality between 200 counts and 400 counts, especially for those who don't let anything come in between them and the bed sheets when they go to bed. :)

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  13. Oct 26, 2005 #12
    I spend a lot for bedding, I don't wear Pj's and spend at least 7 hours in 24 feeling them...its worth it. Plus they last many years.
     
  14. Oct 26, 2005 #13

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    But do you spend $2000 on bedding? I have some nice sheet sets and a really snuggly feather comforter/duvet thing with two different covers (one for looks and one for snuggability), and all of it combined is probably still less than $500. Of course I wait for sales to buy stuff like that.
     
  15. Oct 27, 2005 #14
    lol $2,000.00 Heck no, I'm a bargain shopper. And if I did buy ones that costly....no one better actually sleep on them!
     
  16. Oct 27, 2005 #15
    Does anyone own a waterbed? Is it relaxing to sleep on?
     
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