Founded in 1971, Bed Bath & Beyond now has over 800 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The company specializes in mid-range necessities for the household such as bedding, bath linens, kitchenware and small appliances, with a few luxury items and brands. The company was one of the pioneers of the “superstore” concept, setting up huge retail spaces with merchandise stacked to the ceilings to reinforce the idea that the store offers a huge selection, everything you need under one roof.
Today, Bed Bath & Beyond stores are a great place to shop for housewares, thanks to the company’s policy of providing a vast array of merchandise at competitive prices and excellent customer service. Naturally, items for bedroom and bathroom come to mind first, such as sheets, blankets, quilts, pillows and pillowcases, plus bath linens like towels and bathmats. Bath hardware like shower heads and towel racks are also available.
Bed Bath & Beyond also offers kitchenware, from small gadgets to good quality knife sets, pots and pans, and small appliances like stand mixers and coffee makers. From here it’s a short walk to tableware and serving pieces, table linens and barware for all your “nesting” and entertaining needs.
There are also useful accessories for the home office, storage systems, lamps galore, and some electronic gadgets. If this isn’t enough, you can pick up some new furniture, rugs and window treatments, and then of course you’ll need some cleaning supplies and a vacuum cleaner to keep it all tidy. Finally, when you’re ready for a break from all the domesticity, you can get some new luggage for your vacation.
Or your honeymoon: not surprisingly, Bed Bath & Beyond offers a very popular bridal and gift registry service to help young couples set up a new home together. The company’s policy of providing excellent customer service makes it easy to set up a registry, either in-store or online. (See the company website’s Bridal and Gift Registry section to get started.)
To entice shoppers even more, Bed Bath & Beyond is famous for their coupons. 20% off coupons are frequently featured in upscale magazines and sent out to customers on the mailing list. (Go to the website’s Email and Direct Mail Signup section to start getting your coupons.) Coupons cannot be used for online purchases and some restrictions apply, which will be detailed in the fine print, but these coupons offer great savings on most items in the store. Coupons are not available for printing directly from the company’s website and some third-party websites that offer “coupon sharing” promotional codes report rather low success rates for many of the codes. You best bet is to sign up for coupons directly from the company and keep an eye on your mailbox!
Here’s a great shopping tip: Bed Bath & Beyond honors manufacturer’s discount coupons and even competitors’ promo coupons! Just be aware that all coupons must be used before their expiration date – starting January 1, 2010 the company no longer honors expired coupons.