Monday, March 4, 2013

The Linen Closet

Time has finely come for us to purge all of our towels and washcloths from our college days and twenties.

A mish mosh I absolutely hate includes one red joe boxer washcloth, a few cartoon and superhero cloths, and a cute little coral cloth with red hibiscus I made for all my bridesmaids.

Lord knows I can't stand it when certain things in my home aren't exactly how I foresee them. However, this one project I could never justify the necessity to change. At least not until this year. We had moved so many times and a couple of those moves were cross country. We rarely had overnight guests in our apartment and we are young with no children. So really why spend those extra funds on nice towels when it was only John and I? Don't get me wrong, I have a four nice thick and textured neutral colored towel sets that I keep on reserve for special occasions. They only come out when we have dinner guests, party guests, etc.

But now that it is time I am finding it hard to determine where to get our new towels. I need help ecspecially when sticking to some criteria. 1. They need to be an investment. Once these are purchased they better live through all my expectations. I do not want to replace them for a minimum of ten years. They had better not fray from wash or use. 2. They need to be thick and cushy. We need comfort. 3. I want a full set that matches from wash cloths and facial clothes to extra large bath towels and hair towels. 4. I need a large set in an even number. I expect all my dishes to be on twelves for entertaining and on some occasions in eights. I do not expect anything less from my towels. 5. I'm not opposed to colors but my all time classic favorites are sands and whites. It needs to maintain the classic through the test of time. 6. Since it appears that I will be buying at between 32 and 48 linens I need to get them at a spectacular price point.

So where is the heck do I buy all these requirements rolled into one at a decent price? I'm willing to hunt in upscale department stores like Neiman Marcus down to mass warehouse stores like Costco. Just as long as each requirement is fulfilled.

So I ask for your advice on where to find these towels and your guidance on a good price.



7 comments:

  1. Angela, I don't think there is any way to be certain that your new bath towels will hold up for ten years without fraying. I feel the same way as you about the number of dishes and towels.

    Neiman-Marcus usually offers Ralph Lauren towels at a savings each year complete with monogram. They are lovely and in many colors. This special is on the inside of their bills and probably on the website.

    I love going to Tuesday Morning to dig through the discounted towels. This works best if you are willing to be a free spirit and mix it up. I chose sands and whites a couple of years ago and got the towels at Tuesday Morning. I Bought some that are ribbed with a bit of a brown stripe and some sand that are textured. The hand towels are fun, beaded for show, leopard for me, and some that simply match the towels. To this, I recently added some super plush towels that I acquired at Target. They are really fabulous and are Fieldcrest Luxury. They come in white with about five thin stripes on the edge, in an accent color. I bought a set of six for my guest bath and returned to add to my set of sand and white towels, of course purchasing the taupe stripe. Love 'em!

    http://www.target.com/p/fieldcrest-luxury-stripe-accent-towel/-/A-13624365#prodSlot=medium_1_33&term=bath+towels

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    1. Thanks! I will check both of them out!! I do love me some good Lauren!

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  2. So funny, we are buying new bath towels for our master bathroom, and we are having a hard time finding the right color and durability. I agree with Liz, I think it's a trial and error. But, if we use the education from good old WIU, I think you can find some that are well made if you look hard enough. I also agree with Liz and towels from Target. Our first set is from Target, and they are not bad, and they are Fieldcrest Luxury. I would try to stay away from dark colors, so there is less look of fading.

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    1. Haha Casie I wouldn't have known it was you if it wasn't for that WIU namedrop you snuck in there!! Lol

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  3. OK - this is from a "senior" -- I have dozens of towels that I have had for over 20 years - yes, 20 years -- I purchased them from (are you ready!!!) --- K-mart!! I searched the web - and it seems that maybe your best buy would be JC Penny's -- if you get 100% cotton made in the USA you won't go wrong -- my towels look the same as when I purchased them -- when laundering them I don't mix anything with towels - period! I use a small amount of fabric softner -- mine are a plaid sage green and white -- I also have sets of forrest green/beige plaid. Good luck!!! Love ya -- Nannie

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  4. Hahahaha, "poof" I"m sneeky

    Casie

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  5. I think Costco my friend!
    ~Rhonda

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