When is the best time to buy furniture in Mexico?

Hint: It's now

You might have to wait for El Buen Fin in November to get outdoor furniture on sale. Photo: Courtesy
You might have to wait for El Buen Fin in November to get outdoor furniture on sale. Photo: Courtesy

North of the border, savvy consumers time their purchase of big-ticket items such as furniture when they know they will get the best price. 

The general thinking is that you can usually pick up a deal on indoor furniture in January and July. 

Retailers will often put on a sale in January to help increase sales after the holidays. It’s also one of the coldest months of the year in the States or Canada, so it encourages people to get out of their homes and into the stores. 

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Then, in the middle of July, furniture manufacturers unveil their new lines at one of the largest furniture shows in High Point, N.C.  Retailers use the month of July to make room on their sales floor for these new items.  Hence the reason why that is often a good month to pick up a deal.

Up north, the best time to get a deal on outdoor furniture is generally at the end of the summer season. Although you may need to settle on what little is left, a better price often helps to stomach a cushion or frame style that is not your first choice.

In Mexico, you can often find a better deal on indoor furniture in the summer months, when snowbirds have returned home. Stores are anxious for sales to help offset their operating costs during the low season. 

So, if you need a new sofa or bedroom set, July might be the best time to scope out the stores. If you are not here during this period, worry not!  Thanks to e-commerce, most brick-and-mortar stores also have an online site where they post their clearance and sale items.

In our store, for example, we have already ordered samples of our new lines for 2020. We have a small window of about six weeks to liquidate all the 2019 items in our show store. We have significantly marked down everything to encourage sales. In addition to displaying them in our store, we also have posted many of them on our website.  

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Sales on outdoor furniture are more difficult to find. Although you may be able to find a store changing out its lines in July/August, sales of outdoor furniture are not as common in Mexico. 

There’s another time to look for bargains in Mexico. Just as there is the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the U.S. and Canada, Mexico has El Buen Fin in November. Most retailers offer promotions such as special pricing and improved credit terms.        

Looking for furniture on sale?  Contact furniture@solutionsmexico.com or join Facebook group Mexico Furniture and Decor. Sheryl Novak is an expat from Canada.

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