Advice for Linens

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Advice for Linens
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 10:14am
Any suggestions for lower-cost bedding that will hold up?? I tend to wash our sheets at least once a week, and comforters and things at least every other week. I thought I was splurging last fall when I picked up a dept. store "bed in a bag" set, but the comforter just fell apart in the washer this morning; the sheets are starting to pill up despite the tag reading 200 thread count. Ugh.

I have a decent goose-down comforter - so I suppose I am looking for suggestions on a good, sturdy duvet, and sheets. I only have about $250 to spend. (This is a lot for ME to spend on such things, LOL, I have seen the catalogs with the heirloom quality things, but honestly, I just want something that might last more than 6 months!)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 02-20-2004 - 10:24am
Croscill? Martex? I'm not familiar with too many linen brands. Or maybe wait for one helluva white sale and get something a little more upper end? I'm a higher-end bedding kinda gal......... but I won't pay full price. My son's Laura Ashley transport set I got when the local LA store was closing. My other son has Ralph Lauren Polo Bears via the local outlet. And in January, I got dh and I a total new bedroom (linens, comforter, hamper, lamp, valances, etc) a la E-bay! It's the Laura Ashley Sophia set that would have cost me probably $3K if I'd gotten it from LA, but I got it off Ebay (all new and in the packages!) for about $1K. I am a total bargain shopper and proud! I tease dh about getting Bendel 1000 count sheets at $1400..... yeah right, so the kids can climb in bed with us on Sat mornings with leaky sippy cups and sticky hands! ROFLMBO! Good Luck!
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 10:47am
Shop the white sales which are usually this time of year and places like Home Goods or Target. I just picked up a queen set of cotton satteen sheets, 400 thread count at Home Goods on clearance for $36. They were originally marked $100 for the set. I got a queen set of 280 count Egyptian Cotton sheets from Target for $60. They are the softest, most comfortable set of sheets I've ever owned. I always buy white cotton sheets so I can wash them in hot water with bleach. And I've had the same comforter for 13 years. I'm tired of it and due for something new. But I need to bring it to a laundromat in order to wash it because it's too heavy and big for my washing machine. So it is in desperate need of washing at this point!
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 11:15am
Go directly to your local Bed Bath and Beyond and/or Linen and things.
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 12:46pm
What type of washer do you have? I have a front loader and most of my family has top loaders. It is amazing what a difference the front loader makes on how well clothes and linens hold up. I have not had any problems with linens holding up. In fact, I just replaced my bedroom linens because I got tired of the old ones!
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 12:56pm
How funny! We bought a lot of the same set on ebay around the same time (late Dec early Jan) on ebay also. Hope we were not bidding against each other! The Sophia pattern has been discontinued here (Texas) so ebay and close out stores are the only places you can find it. It is such a pretty pattern.

You may want to check out TJMax and Marshel's. They have lots of Sophia stuff for about half of what some people are trying to sell it on ebay. Most of the stuff I bought on ebay came from those two stores.

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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 1:56pm
1000 count sheets? To put on our $900 mattress set? LOL

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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 2:15pm
Are those from Target any specific brand? That sounds about right for my price range,,,, not to mention we do have a Target in town! We just have a full size, so maybe I could get a whole set, if not immediately, soon.

I've also been disappointed with KMart. I know that sounds like, *duh* lol... but really, when they first started with their Disney line, I spent $60 on Buzz Lightyear sheets and a comforter for my ds, and within two washings, the sheets and the pillow case are so pilled that they feel like fine burlap. The comforter also fell apart, which was disappointing as I didn't even put it in the dryer. You would think anything made for a kids bed would be washable... Next time we are heading right to the Disney Store I think...

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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 2:21pm
Oh, we have a top loader. I really didn't realize they made that much of a difference, I just replaced it a few months ago. Something for me to keep in mind if/when we move though! Thanks!
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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 02-20-2004 - 3:34pm
Shop at Tuesday Morning. (Brands are not important, just go for the count.)

Nothing I have is less than 350 count, but usually 450; all bought at Tuesday Morning. An Egyptian cotton queen set will set you back b/t $50-80. They tend to go more to the European mode on top covers; they sell button-on duvet covers and plain white down comforters to go in them. That way you only wash the cover, not the comforter itself.

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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 8:34pm
I got some martha stewart sheets at kmart when they were going out of business and they are awesome. really comfy.

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