By now, I’m sure you all have heard about the new Restoration Hardware Outlet that recently opened in Centerville. If you’ve been around here awhile, you might remember the former Stein Mart next to the old Kroger (which is near the new-ish Kroger Marketplace), which has seen some flash stores come and go in the space.
It seemed like the store just kind of quietly popped up without any major advertising, and I only just learned about it a few weeks ago when I read this article in the Dayton Daily News in August. Of course, I was PUMPED because: 1) I swoon over this store but have never bought a single item from there because of the hefty price tags, and 2) It’s literally just a mile or two away from my house!
I told my husband to hide the bank card.
So yesterday after story time at the Centerville library and playing at Stubbs park with a friend, I convinced my three-year-old that the RH Outlet would be SUPER FUN and tried to get him as excited as I was to finally take a peek inside. All I knew to expect was that there was “a lot of furniture” from another friend on Facebook, but I was truly hoping there would be at least a few amazing pieces at great prices that would fulfill all my retail fantasies.
Here’s what I found…
Walking in, the store is wide open. Kind of bare bones. They definitely have not transformed it into a scaled-down version of their Kenwood store (the closest one I’ve been to), which probably isn’t unusual considering it’s an outlet store. It seems as though they pretty much opened the doors, moved in the merchandise, set up some registers, and opened for business.
There is a lot of furniture…
… which Dylan absolutely loved.
This table was one of my favorite pieces, one I thought I could actually find a place for somewhere in my house (unlike the two cool chairs). It was HEAVY and very well-made. But I gulped when I read the price tag!
Holy moly. $600? Still? There’s no way I could convince my husband we needed this table THAT bad.
They also had some nice bedding sets.
And gorgeous blankets…
… which were still a little on the steep side. (They’d make a great Christmas gift, but unfortunately, everything in the store is final sale, which means no returns.)
I loved how fancy these cosmetic and tote bags were… But then I got closer and realized they were calf hide. Gorgeous? Yes. Practical? Uh, no.
They had a few of their baby/child collection in the store, but I didn’t find anything that was a must-buy for my son’s room. I should mention that they did have some ADORABLE furry boots for girls on the shelf in pink, white and purple that were around $20 each, which wasn’t bad at all! And see that rattan and white tall basket down there? It caught my eye, but I put it back when I saw it was $70. Sigh.
So many rugs!
I fell IN LOVE with this piece. Where on earth would I put it? I didn’t even dare look at the price tag.
Ok. I have to say that they did have a good selection of top-quality bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths and bath mats. And the prices actually didn’t seem too outrageous to me.
I almost considered buying some of these towels, but I already have enough and my closet can’t hold many more.
(Side bar: I truly believe good towels are worth every penny because they hold up so much longer and always look and feel amazing! And I only buy white because you can bleach them AND it’s never hard to match the color if you’re buying different brands.)
All my towels are Target Threshold or Pottery Barn, but these would be a nice addition.
The store also had a display of bath accessories. Again, pricey.
I could never convince my husband that a soap pump is worth almost $70!
So then this happened…
Oh my God. This kid.
They also had some kitchenware, mostly open stock dish wear. These were actually somewhat reasonably priced (I think the trays I looked at on the bottom shelf were about $20 each), but again, I really didn’t need them. Pass!
Look at this table! Very cool. Not a fan of the chairs, but the table is amazing.
Dylan found these wooden balls…
… which were $145 each. Pass.
More chairs and bar stools…
I really did LOVE several of their chairs and may have to come back to look if I decide to get a few extras to put at our dining room table or around the house.
So what was my overall impression?
Here’s my personal take. The selection wasn’t as vast or varied as I’d hoped it would be, and the prices overall were still a little steep. On this day, there were 30% off signs throughout the store like this one:
So of course that would help bring the cost down a bit, but it still wouldn’t have been the “steals” I was hoping for. I’ve been to the Pottery Barn Outlet in Jeffersonville several times and LOVE how there is so much to see, so many items at all price points, and so much that would fit so well with our home. I didn’t get the same feeling here, but that’s just me.
And also, I have to say that Target is and forever will be my first love. My go-to. My no-one-can-compare-to-you-and-your-awesome-style-and-deals store of choice. I’ve been impressed for years at the quality and value of all their home items (I have furniture, frames, bedding, bath towels, kitchenware, you name it), and can usually find so many things that have a similar RH look at a fraction of the price.
In the end, I sadly didn’t buy anything here on this day. I was really hoping I could find at least one unique RH piece that would fit well in our home, but I just couldn’t find anything I couldn’t live without that was worth the cost. I suppose I’m just more of a PB lover with a Target budget, and I didn’t see anything that WOWED me with amazing style and a great price at the outlet on this particular day. Then again, I’m sure if I’d stayed longer and came without my crazy kid, I could have really looked in all the nooks and crannies around the store and maybe found a hidden gem or two.
Will I go back? Absolutely. I’m sure they will have new things coming and going, and I hope they’ll have even more sales with even greater % off, especially with the holidays approaching.
Have you seen it for yourself? I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment!