Are you a Price Shopper or a Smart Shopper?

Are you a Price Shopper or a Smart Shopper?

What’s the difference – isn’t getting the lowest price smart?

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Media Room: Silhouette Shades and Drapes

When a customer comes into our showroom with a clear intent in seeking the lowest price vendor for their window covering needs, I make sure to ask him what type of product he is interested in and whether he has done research into understand what is the right solution for his windows.  Instead of letting price determine the blind, shade or drape you use for your window, you should think first about what important functions it must serve for the room – its it light control, preserving views while maintaining privacy, enhancing the visual height or width of the room?, etc.  With that information, we can recommend the right products and present options in terms of good, better, best from a price, feature and style perspective.

Even in cases where the property is an investment with plans to rent out, you should ask what is the quality of the tenant you want to attract and how soon do you want to rent out the property.  Renting out 2 weeks earlier due to making the place look nicer and more functional/livable, would earn you more than enough money from rent to cover the extra cost for choosing something nicer for your windows.  And eventually, when you plan to sell the property, it may fetch a higher price and attract more potential buyers.

RESULTS FOR A PRICE SHOPPER:

Remember, if you shop for blinds, shades, shutters and drapery like a commodity ($ per square foot), you will end up with terrible results and most likely extra expenditure 1-2 years down the road to replace the junk you put on the window.

RESULTS FOR A SMART SHOPPER:

If you spend the time and let us explain and present products and solutions, you will end up with completely transformed windows and spaces that you will enjoy using on a daily basis at a value-price.

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Best Shopping Savings Tip: Buy Once, Buy Right

With the kickoff to Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season, here’s a tip I learned to help you in your purchasing decisions: “Buy Once, Buy Right“.

What I have learned through years of holiday shopping and also as a retailer, is that to ensure 100% satisfaction with your purchase, it is important to first focus on quality.  The product needs to serve its intended purpose well and last long to lower the total cost of ownership.  Second, seek true value. What this means, is that while well known quality brands might help identify quality products, are you paying a premium price for that brand?  Or are you getting a good discount and good service for that purchase?  Alternatively, does the store offer similar quality products (but not famous brands) at a much better price?  For window coverings (blinds, drapes, curtains, shutters), you must also factoring in the service you will get in purchasing the products so that you get the right size, options and features, installation, and post-installation support.

Trendy Blinds is focus on selling top-quality products – both well-known brands and our own Trendy Blinds brand of products at a great value, which include expert advice and first-class dedicated service.

50% OFF Sale Deal for December

For December to further help you make the right purchasing decision, we are offering an unprecedented DEAL: 50% Off our industry-leading, globally patented, highest quality room-darkening combi blind — our Dual Combi Sun Shut product (with minimum purchase of 7 of these blinds.  Can specify different finishes for each).   This one time offer ends December 31st, 2015.

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The Advantage of Visiting Showroom when Shopping for Blinds, Drapes and Shutters

With some trend forecasters talking about how most things will be shopped online (for example groceries, electronics and clothing), one may wonder if anyone spends anytime shopping (and living) in the real physical world anymore.  However, we at Trendy Blinds believe now, more then ever, it is important to have a showroom to showcase a wide selection of quality window covering (blinds, shades, drapes, shutters) products, so that the consumer can make a more informed decision driven by factors beyond just price, such as quality, features, and service.  Furthermore, even home consultation, which primarily provide small material samples swatches, cannot properly showcase complete functioning products and provide a quick overview of all the possible features and options available in decorating your windows.

While we provide free measurement (within a geographic boundary), we insist that potential customers come visit our showrooms (one in Markham and another in Concord, Vaughan) to finalize their selection.  With over 200 products on display and both showrooms located in very convenient shopping centres with amply free parking, plus our in-store window covering designers to provide guidance and advice, there is no reason not to make a trip before deciding on spending possibly thousands of dollars.

The difference between a price-driven shop-at-home or online experience or one at a showroom with expert design and product advice can be seen in the results:

  • Will the choices made enhance the value of your home?
  • Do the products chosen for certain windows fit into your daily life and usage instead of providing frustration and possibly even safety risks to your child or pets?
  • Did you really get the best price on quality products or just low price on junk bait-and-switch products from vendors who don’t have a showroom?

Visit Trendy Blinds today!

http://www.trendyblinds.com

Traditional Drape with tieback next to French Door

Traditional Drape with tieback next to French Door

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Modern Valance top treatment for Windows

Add some style to your window with valances.  Virtually unlimited colours and patterns available to personalize your space and coordinate with the rest of the room furnishings.  Valances are also excellent choices for Arch windows too.

Choose the same fabric to cover your Arch Window and the rectangular window below.  Valance for the Arch Window and Roman for the Rectangular Window.

Choose the same fabric to cover your Arch Window and the rectangular window below. Valance for the Arch Window and Roman for the Rectangular Window.

Visit Trendy Blinds today.  www.trendyblinds.com.  Call: 905-604-1222

Bow Window Valance - 5 sections to match 5 sections of bow window blinds

Bow Window Valance – 5 sections to match 5 sections of bow window blinds

Leaf Pattern Double Pleat Box Valance - top treatment for windows

Leaf Pattern Double Pleat Box Valance – top treatment for windows

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Blackout Flat Arch Window Valance coordinates with Sun Shut Combi - room darkening blinds below.

Blackout Flat Arch Window Valance coordinates with Sun Shut Combi – room darkening blinds below.

Solid Colour Flat Valance to block light from entering Extended Eyebrow Arch window. Fabric chosen to coordinate with the Combi room darkening shade / blind on rectangle window below.

Solid Colour Flat Valance to block light from entering Extended Eyebrow Arch window. Fabric chosen to coordinate with the Combi room darkening shade / blind on rectangle window below.

Why Do Custom Drapes / Curtains Cost More?

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Every so often we get potential customers looking to buy custom-made drapery for the very first time.  Invariably, it leads to the question of why custom drapery cost significantly more than ready-made drapes/curtains they see at a local big-box store.

The short answers is:

1) the obvious quality difference that they can see and feel (and not smell – no harmful chemicals);

2) extra workshop labour to make it custom fit to size;

3) the greater selection of fabric and styles available; and finally

4) The expertise and experience that comes with the price you pay to make the drapes  transform the look of your window and room.

A follow up question I occasion get is: “Can’t you use cheaper fabric to create the same look?

1) Cheaper fabrics are more difficult to work with in the workroom to create the details such as pleats or grommets, hems, etc. and they do not hang well i.e. they cannot look like custom drapes no matter how hard one tries; and

2) Cheaper fabrics come at a social and environmental cost – these fabrics are often made with bonded labour in some third-world factories frequently with underage workers.  Recent Apple 2015 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report shed light on the common practice of “Recruitment Fees” that workers pay in order to work for manufacturers in the electronics industry.  Unfortunately, this practice is not just limited to that industry but also in the fabric and drapery industry in these poorer countries.  Workers are forced to work long hours in sweatshop environments.  At Trendy Blinds our commitment to our customers is that all our drapes are Made in A Workshop Not in a Sweatshop.  We also carry a line of lower priced Ready-Made Drapes that are Made In Canada.

The final follow-up question, I usually get asked is “How do I know I am getting the best possible price for custom drapery?

1) We sources some fabrics directly, bypassing Canadian fabric suppliers/distributors, especially with our Design-Ready series of Custom Drapes;

2) We monitor and can recommend clearance fabrics to customers who are less specific about the fabric they want;

3) We keep business overhead low with small but fully packed showrooms, and minimize time spent on (and thus labour cost) “free in-home estimates” for price-shoppers;

4) We clearly post prices of our drapery and apply set volume discounts.

Visit Trendy Blinds today for your custom drapery needs.  www.trendyblinds.com, 905-604-1222, 416-721-1002, info@trendyblinds.com

Trendy Blinds Semi-Custom Drapery – Custom Drapery at Half the price

Show below is a recent customer install of our popular Trendy Blinds Semi-Custom Drapery – which is custom drapery at half the price  Our program saves a lot of time for the customer in designing style and selecting fabrics.  Fabrics can be mixed and match from hundreds of choices that have been pre-screened to ensure they work together and can be made in one of the 7 styles available.

Show here at our customer install at the Beaches in Toronto are the Lindsay panels with grommets using silk middle fabric and a poly-cotton “Ocean” colour fabric for banding top and bottom (For more general info on our Semi-Custom Drapery program check http://www.trendyblinds.com/draperies-semi-custom.php).

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To specify Trendy Blinds Semi-Custom Drapery Just provide your window and wall size and come visit our store.  We will guide you through the selection.  Our prices are clearly listed in our store.

Paul Siu
Trendy Blinds Inc.
Store: 905-604-1222
email: info@trendyblinds.com
 
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