Ok, what the heck is a Cabinet Shopper? Well me. (I know it sounds dorky but I couldn’t think of a better way to describe it.)
Several years ago I started using the greatest source of discount cabinets in America, and best of all I live 20 minutes from it. I’ve built a bar, completely remodeled our kitchen remodeled two bathrooms, and built a ton of storage all using cabinets that cost a fraction of what you would pay at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
In the course of all this cabinet shopping I found out that many people live so far away from this resource that they could really use someone to shop for them. I’ve met many people that would drive from several states away to save big money and not find anything, and then had to plan their next trip back to the area. I thought what if someone shopped for them and then after everything was bought they only had to make one trip to get all of their cabinets. I’m not a contractor by any means, I’m actually an Art Teacher and the idea for this business came from all my trips to the sale. To date I’ve shopped for people as far away as Louisiana, Texas, California, New Jersey and Canada.
Outline of shopping services:
Would you like to save thousands off of retail and still be in your pajamas? Well that's where I come in, I’ll shop the sale for you going over everything that's there and whats deals are to be had. I'll go to the sale beat the crowds and get you the best selection that the sale has to offer. If your interested in becoming a client or you just want to find out if shopping the sale would even be a good idea for you complete the two steps below and contact me with the info.
You can also hire me to shop with you for the day. With either service you will still want to complete the two steps as that will give me the best idea if this is a process for you or not.
I’ll state this again these steps are very VERY important. This paragraph is large and in color for a reason. I’ve been doing this for over 17 years and just doing these steps will save you a ton of headache later. For a lot of people this sale doesn’t work for them. Flat out it’s easier for me to say no, then to take you on a client, these steps help in the process.
The first step is to figure out what colors your NOT open to. While it's easy to say I like this color and that one. This would be the approach to shopping retail. The best approach is to get a Kraftmaid idea book and begin by crossing out what you hate. It's very easy to circle what you like and then rank them from first choice down. This is the wrong approach. You will tend to try and hold out for the number one color when a really spectacular second choice comes in. Flexibility in color is key. The more colors you are open to the more you have to choose from when shopping if you only have a handful of colors you are open to you might not find something. Narrow down of list of colors that your not open to, that way I can assume your open to everything else. Think of it like a funnel, and trying to catch rain. Which end would would catch more, the narrow opening (small list of open colors) or the large wide open end (open to many colors). Provide me with a list of colors that your NOT open to, please list the stain names, your idea of “light” or “dark” will be different from mine. I am not looking for a list of preferences, do NOT list wood types, or door styles.
Can you work with various size sets? Full sets are the best way to shopping at the warehouse. Sets are large groupings of cabinets all in the same color and styles. You can’t pick and choose out of a set though so you have to be able to work with the cabinets in the set.
On my FAQs page I have three sample sets. Pretend that these three sets are presented to you for purchase. The only way to know if they will fit in your space it to actually take the sizes in the sets and try fitting them into your space. If the first set works, don't stop. In all honesty it's more about finding what does NOT work in your space. If it was as easy as someone emailing me saying "I can make all three sets works" or "I can work with any set". I'll be the first to say don't hire me, if you can work with any set, just walk in you can buy a set. You wouldn't be contacting me if you thought it was that easy. If your looking to hire me when we talk on the phone we will talk specifically about steps one and two.
Take the sizes and map them out against your kitchen. Not approaching it this way you will fall into the camp of people who say "there was nothing at the warehouse", there's ALWAYS things at the warehouse. It's more likely people didn't prepare to fully understand what would work and what they would accept in their space.
Once you have a short list of colors that your NOT open to and good understanding of what DIDN'T work in your space, head over and fill out the contact form.
Once we correspond by email, I’ll send you my phone number and we can talk on the phone. I’m generally available Monday – Friday from 3pm – 8pm, and anytime on the weekends.
Please understand these steps are extremely important. When you take into account all the wood types, wood finishes, door styles, and sizes that Kraftmaid produces you end up with about 4 million plus variations in what they produce.
Chances of finding an exact Color, Doorstyle, and single cabinet size.
- 1 in 4,000,000 - 14 wood types, 68 colors, (100 door styles x 2 overlays), 800 plus different sizes.
Chances of being bite by a shark
- 1 in 4,000,000 - this includes me living in ohio
Chances of being hit by lighting in your lifetime
- 1 in 1,503
Looking at the above statistics, you can see that you can dramatically change the odds of what you can find at the outlet by lowering the amount of things your not open to.
If anyone is looking for help w/this place, Jamie Williams is your man! HIRE HIM! I met him there and he was a tremendous help! Not only did he tag 4 kitchen sets for me, he helped me find several missing pieces for the set I did buy, as well as have several great tips… this place can be VERY confusing, as there are many “rules” and unwritten steps…HIRE JAMIE…it will be well worth your money! I intend to hire him to find the rest of my pieces as well as the trim i’ll need, and i only live 45min away! He is also a very nice guy…very professional, courteous, and CALM…and this place is anything but! I would be happy to answer any questions you may have, but Jamie is the REAL expert…contact him! (and pay him!!!) – Joe
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