What is Guess and Company?
They are an Arkansas based wholesale company located in Des Arc, Arkansas. One of their brands is Deck the Halls Y’all, which has the cutest Christmas decor you have ever seen! They ship wholesale merchandise to businesses all across the United States. Paul Guess is the owner and let me tell you, he is as good as gold!
What is the warehouse sale?
So once a year for several weekends they open their warehouse up to the public. You can shop their amazing products at hugely discounted prices and no tax ID is needed. They even set it up like an actual storefront, decorated to the nines like a Christmas wonderland! Seriously, all of your Christmas and farmhouse dreams will come true under one roof.
When does this take place?
The sale this year started November 3rd and goes until December 9th. They are only open on Saturday and Sunday. (Saturday: 9-6, Sunday: 1-5) They are also open on Black Friday from 9-6.
They are also offering trade days where you can shop using your tax ID. These dates are on Fridays (11/6, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7) from 9-5.
This information is listed on their Facebook page if you want to check it out for additional information and pictures from the sale.
What can I expect?
Be prepared that there will most likely be lines. People drive from all over for this sale because it is just that good. We went opening day and arrived at around 7:00am for them to open at 9:00am. There were around 11 people in front of us waiting. By 8:00am the line was wrapping around the building and people were parking across the street. If you plan on getting there early to wait in line several people brought folding lawn chairs, which I thought was an excellent idea!
I also recommend parking at the front or side because the line wraps around the back. We ended up having to make people part the line just so we could back up.
Don’t let this scare you away though! It is totally worth getting there early to snag some good deals and to just get the entire Guess and Company experience. Even my husband enjoyed it! Let me say, I LOVE home decor so this was like heaven to me.
They have portable restrooms located outside, keep in mind this is a warehouse, not a storefront.
This year they have shopping carts, which was a wonderful and much needed addition from the previous year.
They have been restocking items from what I can tell. My brother went the weekend after me and they were restocking as he was shopping.
They did have a food tent that was selling breakfast and lunch, though I am unsure if this is an every time thing or only for that opening day.
What are the prices like?
On their Facebook page they will post pictures, but they do not post pricing. They do this in order to protect their wholesale accounts, which I totally understand. He does give a few prices out during live videos, but for the most part you show up and find out then or hear from others who have been.
To get an idea I will say that I paid $4.99 a stem for those huge magnolia stems, which is a STEAL if you ever shop faux florals. The cotton stems were $1.99 if I’m not mistaken. I got large spoils of wired ribbon for like $6-9. One of my favorite finds was a 4ft tall wooden sign that said “joy” on it. It was priced at $14.99!! People were grabbing these like crazy so I am not even sure if they still have them now, because like I have said, sellouts.
They also have furniture, farmhouse decor, gift items, and so much more. A lady in front of us was purchasing furniture and light fixtures for their new home that they were building, which I thought was a great idea if you already know sizes of what you need.
The quality of the items you get at Guess and Co is wonderful and you can’t be pricing like that! This isn’t just your average decor, this is boutique quality that you would find in high end home stores or boutiques.
Last year the last weekend or two of the sale they did a half off sale, which drops the prices even lower on leftover merchandise. Not sure if this will happen this year, but definitely worth watching their Facebook page for.
How can I get the best deals?
Think like you are shopping during Black Friday.
Get their early.
Be prepared for crowds.
Be prepared to wait.
Be prepared for sellouts if you don’t get there early.
Also, please don’t be that person that gets angry and throws a fit in the parking lot because you didn’t get the metal reindeer you wanted. Paul and his team work so hard on this sale and they can’t save a metal reindeer just for you because you didn’t want to wake up early to be the first in line. If you have your heart set on certain items, arrive around 2 hours early on the first couple of days. Again, think Black Friday shopping. You wouldn’t show up 6 hours after they launch the huge TV sale and still expect to get a 60 inch state of the art TV at the sale price of $299 would you? No. You would arrive early and even then you still may not get it and I can almost guarantee the service you would get from the employees would be less than personal.
Bring a large vehicle, because even with sellouts and waiting you will be able to fill the trunk of a car in no time with all of the goodies you will find.
Be prepared to fall in love with the entire Guess and Company experience. You will leave feeling inspired and ready to kick off the holiday with a bang. You will also most likely see Paul walking around talking to customers and simply saying thank you for coming. He is one of kind and I can guarantee you won’t get that service at a big box store.
Guess and Company is truly a wonderful experience and asset to the state of Arkansas. Paul and his team has such an amazing vision and drive to bring their very best each year.
I think it speaks volumes that people drive from other states, just to come to this sale. He has brought jobs, business, and revenue to a rural Arkansas town and I am so thankful for that. We need more people who are willing to step into those communities that are lacking and be willing to put in the hard work to keep things local.
Check out their facebook page to get more info and also see sneak peeks of products and pricing.
This post is NOT affiliated with Guess and Company and based solely on my personal experience and opinion from visiting the warehouse sale. This post was written ONLY for entertaining purposes and should not be taken as anything more. Every experience may differ, so please take that into consideration when making your trip.