Manufacturers discontinue furniture pieces for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes a piece is a slow seller. Maybe it is too similar to one in a new line they are introducing. Often, there is no obvious reason. If you own pieces from a discontinued Ashley Furniture collection and need to add more, you have some work ahead. The task is not insurmountable, and with some effort, you may be able to complete your grouping.
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Things you need
- Item number or name
Establish the exact identity of the piece you want to buy. Ashley names its groupings, making the identity somewhat easier. If you have an invoice from a previously purchased piece, the name or number of the grouping should be on it. You can also check the underside of a furniture piece for an identity.
Contact Ashley Furniture, either by phone or e-mail. Explain, either by name or description, the item you are seeking. Ask if there is leftover stock in the warehouse available for purchase. Ashley does not sell directly to the public, but will be able to supply you with names of retail distributors that can order the piece for you.
Ask the manufacturer for names of stores in your area that may still have unsold pieces on their showroom floors.
Call the local stores to check on inventory of your desired furniture. If there is no stock available, ask for names of additional stores in the area that could possibly have the item. There may be some smaller stores that are not widely known.
Search websites such as eBay or Craigslist. Type in your model number or name or scroll through many items on the listings, but with a bit of luck, you could strike gold.
Read the forums at "Furniture World Magazine." There's a list of people searching for and offering discontinued Ashley furniture.
Advertise on Craigslist, as well as in local papers. Be as specific as possible about what you are seeking. People change their furniture frequently, and they may be thrilled to find a ready buyer for their discontinued Ashley pieces.
Determine through the manufacturer if there is a new line that will replace the one you are seeking. Sometimes the manufacturer makes only small changes, allowing you to seamlessly integrate new pieces with old. The Ashley Furniture website, ashleyfurniture.com, is a good place to view the current styles to determine if any look similar to yours.
Tips and warnings
- Gather as much information about the piece as possible. Someone may have it listed for sale by colour, style, item number or name.
- When shopping through online auction sites, check the seller's feedback carefully.
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