Today, I have a great tip for saving money on tablecloths. It is amazing how much a regular tablecloth can cost. I’d rather not spend a ton of money on something that is inevitably going to be stained by my kids, their birthday friends or my husband. Wait, did I just say that out loud?
When I was a Wedding & Event Planner, I rented hundreds of table linens. I loved the variety of colors, materials and patterns. (I also loved rolling them up after being stained and letting someone else worry about it >>read why I miss my staff here.) But in doing all that, I learned a little secret.
Do you want to know what the secret is?
Many party rental companies sell out-right their older table linens at amazing prices. I can buy linen napkins for 25 cents each and you would never know they were rental company rejects. When I started buying linens from these companies, I often found long buffet tablecloths for under $7. Now, I am paying $10 each, but to get the color I want, it is still a steal.
When you are looking at the different linens, be selective. If you find a random stain on a tablecloth, grab another one. If you are buying a lot of napkins, take a good look at coloring and avoid faded ones. Even with a little sorting, this is a great way to save money on tablecloths.
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Where do you find your tablecloths? Do buy retail or shop around?