If you followed along back in November I went to a huge warehouse sale at Guess and Company in Des Arc, Arkansas. I mean I could equate it to a southern woman’s version of Disney, where your farmhouse dreams come to live. You want cotton stems? Paul Guess waves a magic wand and there are cotton stems perfectly places in the perfectly ages galvanized tub, for only 99 cents to be exact. longer stems were $1.99.
They have amazing pieces at wholesale prices and the best part…it is open to EVERYONE! No tax ID needed! (If you do have a tax ID you can still use it to receive no sales tax!)
We are talking HIGH QUALITY pieces for over 50% off of retail prices. Think Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Magnolia Home, and Park Hill quality. Like the same exact item may be at Pottery Barn for $3,800 and Guess and Co. will have it for $800. Yup you read that right. I literally found a table that was IDENTICAL to one online at this price back in November.
For spring they had a lot of similar furniture pieces from the holiday sale, but they had a wider variety of home items, such as florals for spring/summer, garden items, lanterns, and kitchen items.
If you are getting married this is seriously a great place to go for lanterns for your wedding decor! You can get entire sets of lanterns for the price of 1 lantern at Pottery Barn.
Another fun find that I loved were these metal Magnolia Home coffee tables for $29.99. I snagged one for myself and then grabbed a couple more for family members. Pretty much everyone there were buying 1 or 2 of these. They were great quality and a great size!
Paul also owns a wholesale candle company called Lux and let me tell you, I seriously LOVE their candles! I always stock up at the sale every year. The prices are cheaper than candles at Bath and Body Works and last/burn so much better than theirs!
This time I stocked up on the Lovers Lane scent and they were only $9.99 for a great sized candle! They even come in a cute little gift box. (Perfect for Mother’s Day gifts.)
I also got this adorable wooden cake stand, which I have also seen on the Magnolia Market website for much more than what I paid! I got it for $14.99!!
One of my most favorite finds was this adorable ceramic bee hive with a wooden stand. I thought it would be precious outside on a potting bench or for a spring/summer tablescape! It is pretty large and great quality for only $30. I loved that it was such a unique statement piece!
I also snagged the metal numbered hanging basket for $39.99. It is pretty heavy duty metal and I think it will be perfect for a bathroom, pantry, mud room, or kids room.
I also snagged a ladies and gentlemen sign to hang on the 2 doors in our bathroom. There are two sink areas so I thought these would be perfect for my side and my husband’s side. They were $9.99 a piece.
I can’t remember the exact price on the large cream and sugar sign but I am almost certain it was $39.99.
Something I loved, but didn’t snag, was this super cool trunk turned into a bar. I thought it would be so cool in a game room, pool house or man cave! It was $299 and is such a great unique conversation piece.
Now let’s get down to how to have the best experience when you attend the sale. After attending his events these are some things I have learned along the way to make the day go more smoothly.
- The old saying the early bird gets the worm is all truth when it comes to this event. Some items have limited quantities so if you are going to be heart broken if you don’t get a certain item, go the first weekend. With this sale he basically said there will be limited restocks, where as with the Christmas sale he restocked nightly and even put out some new items.
- If you are attending I suggest getting there early. The doors open at 9am on Saturday so we got there around 6:55am and there was already a line. We took lawn chairs and just drank our coffee and enjoyed talking with some people around us. They even opened the doors early since the line was so long. This also help guarantee you being able to snag those coveted pieces that sale out quickly.
- They have shopping carts so don’t worry about bringing your own.
- I love kiddos as much as the next person, but I saw several moms who were not exactly having the most enjoyable time trying to push a stroller through crowded spaces with breakables all around and a not so happy toddler. Maybe find a babysitter if possible or make the best of it and possibly try a carrier instead of a large stroller so you can use a buggy to grab your things.
- If you find items that are too large for your buggy, no problem. They have workers all around who will give you a numbered tag and take your items to the “holding” area. All you have to do is hold onto your number and give it to the cashier at checkout. They will grab your items for you! Super easy and simple.
- If you have larger items and can’t get it all in one load to your car they have “runners” that can help you take your items to your car. Seriously, Paul thought of everything to make this such an easy experience!
- Have fun! Yes, there will be lines. Yes, things will sell out, but don’t take it so seriously y’all. Just go with a good attitude and enjoy! At the end of the day it is just “stuff” and there is always another opportunity at the next sale!
- Shop small and local. Make sure to check out other local stores and restaurants in the area. If you are coming from Central Arkansas there are several super great flea markets in Beebe, AR. There is also a great restaurant in Des Arc down on the river that you should check out. Paul also has a food truck that is set up at the event so if you want to stay close you can always eat right there while waiting in line.
If y’all have any questions feel free to ask! Also make sure to check out my stories on Instagram for more behind the scenes from our trip today!
Happy shopping y’all!