Last night I had a chance to attend the West Elm Pre-Opening event at the new store in South Lake Union. The store was packed, and the photo doesn’t even come close to representing how many people were crammed into the store. By the time I left, it was shoulder to shoulder people and the temperature felt more like a tropical island than a blustery Seattle evening.
These aren’t really my kind of events (think Black Friday with alcohol), which I’m sure the bartender picked up on when I asked for a glass of red wine (really? they don’t want me to try to maneuver through hundreds of people and nice white couches with red wine?), but the chance to save 10% on the rug we’ve been eyeing seemed worth braving the crowd.
I was surprised at how much better all of the products looked in person compared to the catalog and online images. I would have expected it to be the other way around. Nonetheless, I didn’t succumb to the temptation to buy the beautiful $20 candle, or the $60 wool felt wreath that caught my eye. I stuck to my game-plan and ordered what I came for, the 9’x12’ embroidered flat weave rug. The store only stocks rugs up to the 5’x8’ size, so we are having it shipped to us. For some magnificent reason, we weren’t charged any shipping fees, not even the $25 large item surcharge. Combined with the 10% discount, we walked out with a great deal.
Here are a few of the items that I thought were particularly lovely: