Insider’s Guide: Annual Clearance Event

Clearance event

Our annual clearance and floor sample event starts December 26. Here’s the inside scoop on how to shop it like a pro.

There are two ways to shop:

1) Online. Items that are discontinued (meaning that we will no longer be selling them in 2015) will be on clearance at 20-50 percent off. Pro tip: you can get a preview of the sale by looking on now for items marked “Discontinued 12/26.” If there is stock left of these items on 12/26, they will go on clearance. Things tend to sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you have your eye on something. Sorry, no price adjustments on purchases made before 12/26.

2) In our stores. On 12/26 our stores discount their floor samples of discontinued items and also mark down items from our current assortment they’re taking off display. So unlike the online clearance, it’s a mix of discontinued and current furniture. We price items based on their condition—some things look perfect, others are a little worn. The tag will show you if an item is on clearance (meaning you could potentially find it on clearance online too) and is being floor sampled, or if it’s just a floor sample (meaning we’re taking the item off display in the store, but it’s still part of our assortment).


An example of our floor sample tags.

Pro tips for your store visit: Arrive early for the best selection. Every store has a line at the door before they open, so grab a coffee and join in the fun with your fellow Room & Board fans. Also, keep in mind that our floor samples are sold as is and can’t be returned—it’s best to know your measurements and give everything a close look before you buy. This is also why you have to be at the store in person to buy a floor sample. We want to make sure you know what you’re getting.


Waiting for the Denver store to open for last year’s Floor Sample Event.

A couple more good-to-knows: Because we keep floor samples in the store until we bring in new items for 2015, floor samples can’t be delivered or picked up until mid-January. In addition, we can only deliver floor sample items locally (within 100 miles of our stores). Fear not if you live farther away: our online clearance items can be delivered anywhere within the contiguous U.S. in our usual time frame (one to three weeks depending on your location). Last but not least, online clearance items can be returned or exchanged, floor sample items cannot.

No matter how you shop, December 26 is an exciting day to stop by Room & Board, virtually or in person. Not only will you be able to shop our clearance and floor sample events, you can also see all of our new 2015 items online or pick up our new 2015 catalog in our stores.

Questions? Leave a comment or contact us. Happy shopping!

Photos by Room & Board

11 Responses to “Insider’s Guide: Annual Clearance Event”

  1. Kate

    Thanks for the tips. Any more items to be discontinued, or have they all been marked? Should we expect to see any other sales online 12/26?

    • Lyndsay LeClair

      Hi Kate, Everything that is being discontinued is marked and the clearance event is the only sale coming up online.

  2. Kathleen

    Are the items marked as “Fabric Changing 12/26” going on clearance as well?

    • Lyndsay LeClair

      Hi Kathleen, Great question! Yes, if we’re changing the fabric options for a sofa, sectional or chair, and we have inventory left of the item in the stocked fabric (not the “allow extra time fabrics”), it would be on clearance on the 26th. If you have questions about a specific item our Shop From Home team is ready to help at 800.301.9720 or Thanks!

  3. E

    I see that the Herman Miller collection was marked as discontinued on 12/26, but the current prices don’t seem to reflect any sales. When does the online sale go live? I assumed that it would be midnight CT since the other times on your website were posted for that time zone.

    • Lyndsay LeClair

      Because of Herman Miller’s pricing agreements with their retailers, we aren’t able to put their products on sale unless they’ve authorized it for all of their retailers. So unfortunately Herman Miller’s aren’t included in our clearance event even though they are discontinued from our collection. Thanks for asking.

  4. Isabelle

    We’ll be out of touch with all computers during sale days.
    Will any bookcases be on sale?
    Could I reserve now?

    • Lyndsay LeClair

      Hi Isabelle, Unfortunately we’re not able to reserve items ahead of time for you. If you’re not near a computer during the sale, you could always call us at 800.301.9720 to check if any bookcases are available on the 26th. Items remain on clearance online until they’re sold out, so it’s worth checking when you’re back in touch with the digital world to see what’s still there!


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