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Considered the can’t-miss homewares shopping event of the year, the 2019 ASID MN Designer Furniture Sample Sale returns to International Market Square September 27–28. Savvy shoppers can save 50% to 80% off luxury designer furnishings from favorite showrooms. Ahead of the sale, here are our top 5 tips to ensure your trip to IMS is a success.


Take Your Time

IMS is a vast, vibrant resource center with something new to discover at every turn. Enjoy your time browsing the historic space and pop into a showroom that catches your eye. Who knows — you may go from looking for a new side table to hiring a designer to reimagine an entire room in your home.


Bring a Friend

Two is better than one when it comes to snagging a great deal, especially at a sample sale. Some strong contenders to consider enlisting include your best friend, your closest sibling or, of course, your mother. Multiple sets of eyes on a singular game plan will ensure a higher success rate when seeking out that accent chair of your dreams.


Make a Game Plan

Speaking of game plan, head into the sale with a list of what you’re looking for. Going in thinking that the right pieces will “speak to you” is not the best use of your time. Identify your interior design needs before you get there, and the universe is more likely to make it happen.


If You Really Like It, Buy It

A first-come, first-served nature pervades sample sales, and the ASID sale is no different. If a furnishing fits all the needs of the space you’re trying to revamp, claim it right away then continue shopping. That way you don’t end up with feelings of regret when someone else purchases your dream decor.


Find Inspiration

OK, so you didn’t cop that chic coffee table you’ve been after; it’s alright. If something grabs your attention but isn’t necessarily what you need right now, snap a photo of it for some inspiration down the road.