Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It pays to compare....

For any of you who have read my posts over the last year.... Yes! A YEAR!... you have probably figured out that I can be a bit cheap cost consciouses! Well today, once again, my ...intense awareness of the contents of my wallet... has served me well!

I've been coming to terms with the fact that my sewing set up ....using my bar height Dining room table (supplemented with an extra-long glass table-topper usurped/re-purposed from my coffee table!) as my main cutting surface and a 'trash to treasure' cafe table I purloined rescued(!) from the trash heap, as my sewing table... is just really not working anymore.

Thus, I decided to loosen the purse strings a bit and go buy a real craft table.

I wanted something that was sturdy but would still fold away. This way I could have my dining room back.

I've had my eye on this Sullivan's 'Home Hobby Cutting & Craft Table' for some time now.

I priced it out at $99 at and $119 at

Now, they both were running sales....
5$ off 25$, 10$ off 199$, etc at Allbrands (post a comment if you'd like the coupon codes)
free shipping on 50$ or more at Joann's (I think the code is on the site. Otherwise, see above)

But, after I posted the table in both shopping carts...
Allbrands was 124$ after shipping cost - 5$ off = 119$
Joann's was 119$ + free shipping + 15$ special handling = 134$

Well HMPH!! Not so fast, Jo! As much as I love Joann's, they are ALWAYS trying to pull a fast one! Like giving out 50% off codes on all 'full priced' items only to have you look and see that EVERYTHING is already discounted, therefore ineligible!! (I was even leaning forward as I typed this line...hee!)

Well, if it's not obvious, I went with Allbrands. And, I am eagerly awaiting my new toy... ahem... table!



Adrienne said...

I love allbrands!! They are a great site! Hope you enjoy your new toy! LOL

Antoinette said...

Your back and neck will thank you for this purchase!

Anonymous said...

I totally hear ya about bargain shopping. I don't buy anything on the web without first google searching for a coupon code. I hate the feeling of being cheated even if technically I wasn't.

Anyhoo congrats on the new toy! It looks like it will make your sewing life so much easier

Erica B. said...

I have that table and love it! I bought mine a few years ago with a 40% off coupon from Hancock Fabrics. I love Allbrands! You can't beat that free shipping!


I have this table , you will enjoy it. I recently saw a new version(it has a few shelves). I will check out allbrand.

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous! Are you going to the sewing meet up next week? I am!


JC said...

I am so glad you posted this. The tables that a major fabric store uses for classrooms (to me) don't cut it. People that were shorter than me (I'm 5'6") were complaining of lower back pain because of having to bend and quite frankly, we were having to bend too low because of the table size.

I'm so glad you shared this because I'll need a table once I get up and going and the last thing I need is to aggravate my back. You're right: patience and comparative shopping pays--buying on the fly or "impulse" doesn't always work. :-)

Faye Lewis said...

You are going to LOVE that table. I say so because one was gifted to me several months ago and I love it and her for gifting it to me!

MsMica...Sewnista in the making said...

I was already happy... Now I'm downright EXCITED!!

geek sewing said...

Have you got the matching cutting mat? A must have if you like to use a rotary cutter!

Neat idea on comparing online prices. I'll try that next time.

Yeah, Jo, you too sneaky sometimes.