Who doesn’t love shopping the Pottery Barn. Thanks to my store hacks, a trip to PB doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, when you use my money-saving tips you can get Pottery Barn items for up to 70% off!
1. Create an online registry for any “occasion” and get a 10% registry discount.
And by “occasion” I mean: “I need to buy a bunch of stuff for my summer party and I want to get 10% off.” For real.
If you register online with Pottery Barn, they offer a 10% completion discount on any items remaining on your registry, as well as any items you want to add that you didn’t the first time. You can take advantage of this discount as many times as you want for up to six months after your registry event date.
So if you’re furnishing a room, doing a baby nursery, or just need to stock up on towels, select the “other” option when creating your registry, and then buy from it in order to get the 10% discount.
2. Earn 10% cash back with a Pottery Barn credit card; it’s the best on the market.
I’m serious. As long as you can pay it off every month, you should be using the Pottery Barn credit card. Ten percent cash back is unheard of (it’s our favorite of all the best store credit cards).
For every $250 you spend you get $25 back.
Plus, every year on your birthday, Pottery Barn cardholders get a $25 gift card.
3. Work at Pottery Barn during the holiday season to get a 40% employee discount.
Employees get a whopping 40% off regular prices and 20% off clearance. Want to get your kids new bedroom furniture at a steep discount? Work at Pottery Barn as a seasonal employee, and score yourself those bedroom sets at a sweet 40% off.
4. Use Pottery Barn’s free interior design services.
Overwhelmed by all the choices and not exactly the Martha Stewart of decor? Pottery Barn lets you pick the brains of their in-store experts at no extra charge.
Just make an appointment, and their interior design expert will personally sit down with you.
5. Price tags ending in .99 or .97 are final sale.
This is the deepest discount you’ll get, but beware because you won’t be able to return it to the store.
Want more Pottery Barn deals and tips? Be sure to download the KCL app.
6. You can use a Williams-Sonoma or West Elm gift card at Pottery Barn.
7. Pottery Barn doesn’t do price adjustments or price matching.
No price adjustments, and it’s also important to know Pottery Barn stores and the Pottery Barn website operate independently.
For you (the customer) that means the clearance chair you’re looking to buy online won’t get you an extra discount in-store if it’s cheaper on the website. But this also means that it’s totally worth checking online if that chair is out of stock in the store — the website might have it.
Their zero price adjustment policy also means that if you buy that candle at full price in the store (like I did) and then find it marked down three weeks later, you won’t be getting money back.
Be smart, though! Coupon codes don’t stack, so do the math on which coupon codes will get you the best deal.
8. Save up to 10% when you use a discounted gift card from Raise.
9. DownEast sells Pottery Barn “seconds” for extra cheap.
Want Pottery Barn goods at rock bottom prices? DownEast sells Pottery Barn “seconds,” or items that have been returned to Pottery Barn that Pottery Barn can’t sell, either because it’s been discontinued or because the item was personalized.
You can score some crazy savings, up to 80%. I’ve seen Pottery Barn Kids stockings, sleeping bags, and more for under $10.
10. Get 3% back on purchases when you enroll in The Key, Pottery Barn’s shared loyalty program.
Pottery Barn is part of The Key, the loyalty program for all Williams-Sonoma stores. Members get the following benefits across Williams-Sonoma stores:
- 3% back in Rewards Dollars on qualifying purchases at any Williams-Sonoma stores, including Williams-Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBTeen
- Earn and spend rewards across all Williams-Sonoma brands
- The option to use Reward Dollars towards purchases at any Williams-Sonoma store or charity donations
- Free gift wrapping in store
- Free in-home design consultations
- Invitations to exclusive events
- Early access to shopping events
- Enroll online and just give your email address to the cashier when you check out and start earning rewards right away
11. Skip shopping online and shop in-store for clearance.
When you shop in-store, you’ll see deals and promotions that you can’t get online, like all occasional tables in-store at 30% off. Plus, you avoid shipping costs which can add up fast. And don’t miss the clearance deals — they’re insane. Always, always check the clearance section. I once found a $1,200 rug marked down to $315 because someone bought it online and returned it slightly used.
12. Wednesday morning is the best day to shop to get first dibs on sale or clearance items.
Your first chance at Pottery Barn clearance markdowns happens on Wednesday morning, so shop early to get first dibs on discounted furniture.
13. The best thing to buy at Pottery Barn is bedding.
Bedding stock rotates quickly because bedding is considered seasonal. Bedding frequently goes on sale during clearance and sale events, so keep your eyes open if you want a specific set.
14. Buying furniture? Place one order and spend at least $3,000 to get the lowest shipping rate.
OK yeah, $3,000 probably sounds like a lot of money! But Pottery Barn is known for its furniture, and it’s difficult to find out what shipping fees you’re going to pay on top of your purchase amount. So we dug in and cracked this nut for you.
Here’s the skinny: Whether you order online, at the store, or from the catalog, you’ll pay the same shipping and delivery costs, as well as surcharges.
Shipping is calculated as a percentage of your total order, and surcharges are added to items that need more “care” in delivery and might be more easily damaged.
To get the very best deal on shipping, choose items that qualify for unlimited flat-rate delivery: These items won’t have surcharges, and you can order as many as you want for one single shipping price, which will already save you upwards of $200.
Next, be sure to order over $3,000 worth of furniture at once so that your shipping costs are only 5% of your total order, instead of 10% of your order, which is what you’d pay in fees for orders under $3,000. Basically, pull the trigger when you’re ready to outfit an entire room.
A 5% shipping fee on a $3,000 order starts at just $150, which is completely reasonable.
Spend $2,990 or more, and your delivery charge is going to be $290.90 (10% of your total order.) But spend $10 more, and you’re only looking at $150 for shipping. So add that candle to your internet shopping cart guilt-free; it’s actually saving you almost $140.
15. Don’t bother following Pottery Barn on Facebook; emails are a better way of getting coupons.
Email is a better way of keeping on top of Pottery Barn sales and discounts. Since signing up, I’ve scored a 10% off my purchase coupon, and a 15% off coupon mailed to my inbox, plus I’ve been notified of every sale.
Oh yeah, it’s only been three weeks since I signed up. #worthit.
16. Aim to get at least 60-70% off retail prices.
If you stack a coupon code and a sale, this is totally a reasonable savings to aim for.
17. Seasonal items are the easiest to find on sale or clearance.
Pottery Barn rotates its store inventory on a seasonal basis, which means that you can score some great deals on things like summer decor if you shop in August when they’re putting out fall items and need room for display.
General rule of thumb:
- Shop for fall decor in November
- Shop for Christmas decor in January
- Shop for Summer decor in August
- Shop for Spring/Easter decor in May
18. There are 19 Pottery Barn outlet stores, and the discounts are between 10%-50% off retail price.
There are nine Pottery Barn outlets in the U.S., and you can score some great discounts. The outlets feature items that were floor samples or returns, so check them carefully for damage before buying.
- Arizona: Goodyear
- California: Alameda, Arvin, Moreno Valley, and West Covina
- Georgia: Dawsonville
- Illinois: Joilet
- Massachusetts: NorthBorough
- Michigan: Birch Run
- Missouri: Fenton
- New York: Riverhead
- Ohio: Jeffersonville
- Pennsylvania: Lancaster
- South Carolina: Gaffney
- Tennessee: Memphis
- Texas: Arlington, San Marcos, and Webster
- Virginia: Fredericksburg
19. Check prices on floor models for discounts up to 50% off.
In-store “floor models” frequently go on sale for as much as 50% off. Since these items have been used as store displays, they can’t be repackaged and sold as new. You can pick up different floor models throughout the year and during occasional Pottery Barn floor sale events.
TIP: Carefully check the floor model you’re thinking of purchasing for damage, and don’t be afraid to ask for a deeper discount.
20. Culinary students get 20% off at all Williams-Sonoma stores, including Pottery Barn.
Enrolled in a culinary program at an accredited culinary school? Williams-Sonoma offers chefs and students a 20% discount. But you can also totally use that discount on a new sofa at Pottery Barn.
21. Get a coupon for $15 off your purchase of $75 or more of Sherwin-Williams paint through the Pottery Barn website. No sign-up required.
Just head on over to the Pottery Barn website, and you can print this coupon off without having to enter a single email address or make a purchase.
22. Get 20% back on Pottery Barn credit card purchases for five days in February and November.
Twice a year in February and November for five days, Pottery barn offers a whopping, unheard of 20% back on your Pottery Barn credit card purchases. No Joke.
This means that for every $250 you spend at Pottery Barn, you get $50 back. Like a boss.
23. Get a 20% off coupon code when you move and update your address.
With the Pottery Barn New Mover Program, just change the address your Pottery Barn Catalogs are sent to or sign up to receive them through the New Mover Program.
Either way, you’ll receive catalogs, plus 20% off.
24. Watch for “buy more, save more” promotions, and save up to 25% after summer and Christmas.
During the end of summer, Labor Day, and post-Christmas sales, Pottery Barn has awesome savings. In fact, your savings will increase as you buy more.
If you’re spending more than $1,000, you can save 25% ($250) on your purchase!