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No-Frills Scavenging For Hotel Furnishings
Friday, July 30, 2010 - By Chicago Tribune

The Shop: Universal Hotel Liquidators, 1060 State St., New Haven.

The Deals: Love the ambience of hotel accommodations? At Universal Hotel Liquidators in New Haven, you don't have to "check in" to check out the deals. The 50,000-square-foot warehouse features used hotel furniture — nightstands, dressers, couches and chairs, table-and-chairs sets, desks and armoires (complete with space to set up your own mini bar) — at bargain-basement prices. While some of the inventory looks like it came from budget chains (think laminated, faux wood-grain finishes), a fair amount of stock includes better wood and upholstered pieces from high-end New York City and Palm Beach resorts. Merchandise also includes wall art and table and floor lamps.

The Scene: Shopping here is a no-frills experience, so come dressed for scavenging. Furniture is stacked and piled; some is scratched-and-dented, but there are some good buys available, especially for outfitting dorm rooms or first apartments. There also are some real gems, including granite-topped accent tables, side chairs and oversize, framed mirrors. If you don't see anything you like, check back. Hotel groups tend to remodel regularly, so the warehouse continually replenishes inventory with different items.

The Shop: Universal Hotel Liquidators, 1060 State St., New Haven.

The Deals: Love the ambience of hotel accommodations? At Universal Hotel Liquidators in New Haven, you don't have to "check in" to check out the deals. The 50,000-square-foot warehouse features used hotel furniture — nightstands, dressers, couches and chairs, table-and-chairs sets, desks and armoires (complete with space to set up your own mini bar) — at bargain-basement prices. While some of the inventory looks like it came from budget chains (think laminated, faux wood-grain finishes), a fair amount of stock includes better wood and upholstered pieces from high-end New York City and Palm Beach resorts. Merchandise also includes wall art and table and floor lamps.

The Scene: Shopping here is a no-frills experience, so come dressed for scavenging. Furniture is stacked and piled; some is scratched-and-dented, but there are some good buys available, especially for outfitting dorm rooms or first apartments. There also are some real gems, including granite-topped accent tables, side chairs and oversize, framed mirrors. If you don't see anything you like, check back. Hotel groups tend to remodel regularly, so the warehouse continually replenishes inventory with different items.

My Two Cents: Prices on individual pieces are good, but prices on complete packages are even better. Currently, the company is featuring a back-to-school special that includes a sleeper sofa, club chair, two end tables, two lamps and a coffee table for $349. (The furniture came from a Sheraton Suites hotel in New Jersey.) Tube-style televisions (they've got thousands), start at $39 and new, full-sized, extra-long Simmons Beautyrest mattresses (a hotel ordered too many) for $379.

Terms of Sale: Bring a van or truck. Staff will help you load your purchases. You can also arrange delivery for an additional charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Information: 203-776-7000 or http://www.furnishcheap.com.

The Weekly Special highlights Connecticut's discount stores, outlets and bargain emporiums. If you've got a favorite place to shop for deals, send your suggestion to Korky Vann, The Hartford Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115, or kvann@courant.com. Find daily sales updates online at courant.com/savvyshopper. Follow The Savvy Shopper on Facebook and on Wednesdays on the Fox CT Morning News. To get Savvy Shopper Deal of the Day text alerts, text SHOP to 37798 from your mobile phone, or visit courant.com/alerts for more options.

My Two Cents: Prices on individual pieces are good, but prices on complete packages are even better. Currently, the company is featuring a back-to-school special that includes a sleeper sofa, club chair, two end tables, two lamps and a coffee table for $349. (The furniture came from a Sheraton Suites hotel in New Jersey.) Tube-style televisions (they've got thousands), start at $39 and new, full-sized, extra-long Simmons Beautyrest mattresses (a hotel ordered too many) for $379.

Terms of Sale: Bring a van or truck. Staff will help you load your purchases. You can also arrange delivery for an additional charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Information: 203-776-7000 or http://www.UniversalHotelLiquidators.com.

The Weekly Special highlights Connecticut's discount stores, outlets and bargain emporiums. If you've got a favorite place to shop for deals, send your suggestion to Korky Vann, The Hartford Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115, or kvann@courant.com. Find daily sales updates online at courant.com/savvyshopper. Follow The Savvy Shopper on Facebook and on Wednesdays on the Fox CT Morning News. To get Savvy Shopper Deal of the Day text alerts, text SHOP to 37798 from your mobile phone, or visit courant.com/alerts for more options.


Originally Published WFSB