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Casa Quickie: Buy the Floor Model

Some friends of mine just got a great deal on a off-white couch from Room and Board that I was shocked to learn was a floor model; it looked pristine and unsullied by shoppers' hands (or tushes). Their find reminded me about the fabulousness of floor models, the furniture pieces that retailers sell at a discount after they've been sitting on the showroom floor.

At Ikea it's called the "as is" section, and sometimes the pieces can be gently worn, scratched, or even busted. But if the price is low enough, it may be worth it to make a few repairs. Other times, they're in near-perfect condition; one blogger scored a stunning $300 rug for $50. More important, they're usually a serious deal: this Moroso Tord Boontje Oval Table from Velocity Art and Design looks pretty and polished, and it's $3,384.50, marked down from $6,769.

Have you ever purchased a floor model? If so, share your tales below.

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