How to Shop at One Kings Lane and Get Great Things but Not Spend All of Your Money

Remember how I promised to tell you how I shop at One Kings Lane? Last fall my sweet friend Jessica sent me an email about One Kings Lane and introduced me to them.  OKL {can we call it that from here on out?} is kind of an online sample sale that’s open to the public.  Their deeply discounted {up to 70% off} many times luxury items are listed for 72 hours and often sell out before the sale ends.  The only thing you need to do to have access to the sales is join by entering in your email address so OKL can send you sale emails {no worries, you can set your email preferences to get them less often, but I like to be reminded to check every day}.

OKL carries ALL sorts of items all relating to home.  These bakers seem to be one of the most popular~they always sell out within hours and see, only $18. But they carry much much more than $18 bakers.

I use OKL a little differently than most people.  I study it.  To me, OKL is like a home magazine/encyclopedia/home textbook that’s updated daily.  I feel like after looking at OKL every day for months, I have more of a handle on what my style is and I’m also better at spotting a great deal.   For example, see that vintage English laundry bin on casters up there for $549?

It reminded me of this one I found two years ago for $5 at a thrift store.  This has been sitting in the garage forever.  Thank you OKL for reminding me to use this.  Now I’m putting it in our family room.

You know how I’m all into the classy taxidermy because I live in North Carolina and my boys think antlers and horns are cool and don’t tell anyone but I do too so I want some but I’m not going to shoot an animal and I’m too cheap to pay hundreds of dollars for some of these?  I kept seeing them on OKL and I got familiar with their price point.

Well, back in November when I went shopping with Eddie Ross, there was a booth that carried all these mounted antlers and I got this little plaque for under $40.  I knew it was a good price because I had studied up at OKL.  Passed that test, right?  I feel like I’m getting a free edjumakation.

I also actually purchase things from OKL.  So far I’ve bought four rugs and I love them all.   It can be VERY scary to buy such a big expensive item that you can only return for store credit.  I have some tips.

First of all, I knew I was in the market for unique rugs so I kept my eye on OKL and watched a few of their rug sales.  There was one time when I missed a rug and I really regretted not buying it.  You can look at the upcoming sales page and find the name of the company for the upcoming sales.  So, the next time I saw a rug sale, before it even went live, I  googled the rug maker and got familiar with their items and the price points.  You don’t know exactly what items will be for sale but, you can get a feel for what might be available and if you might be interested in something this research can save you precious decision making time.

Like this Rug Market “Rome” rug I ordered for my son’s room.  First I googled it and found this image from Studio 10|25 .

This is a much better photo of the rug than the one OKL provided {a different colorway but that didn’t matter}. I could see that the rug had lots of raised texture and that was something I wanted.  I also found some of the retail prices of around $300.

When the rug went live on sale at 11am at OKL I went ahead and bought it.  Two hundred dollars for a 5 x 8 rug that I get to pick out that is graphic and that can act as a car maze for my 10 year old and also still look fine when he is 18 years old, is a great deal. Plus, one of my goals this year was to liven up our boy’s room and this one needed a rug.

As you can see, all of the wildest dreams that this rug has had about living in a fabulous immaculately decorated home with attention to every detail have clearly come true.  I think this rug just enrolled in counseling.

Another rug that I purchased through OKL was my Amy Butler Georgia Rug.

Layla Grace sells the same size rug for $676.  Again, the photo at OKL wasn’t all that telling so I did a google search and found many photos of the rug in real rooms and I knew this would be a rug that would give my office the personality that it needed. And, since my office was basically neutral but for the window mistreatments that were a dirty robin’s egg color, I took a gamble and decided that no matter what shade of robin’s egg blue this rug turned out to be in real life, I would be able to use it.

I think this rug makes the entire room come alive.  It was a great deal at $400. And it really needs to be vacuumed.

Let’s look at one more example::

Say I was on the lookout for a glass end table.  I would be able to see that an upcoming sale was being hosted by World’s Away.  A quick google image search would take me to Matthew Izzo’s site where you can see this pretty World’s Away table.

Now we have an idea of the items that might be listed and their retail cost.  When the sale goes live at 11am EST we see this

Wow!  It’s the exact same table for almost 50% off! Now, personally, if I liked this table, I would probably keep an eye {or two} open for it at Tuesday Morning or a local shop Black Lion.  Plus, if this were an item that I DESPERATELY thought was the only and best choice for a place in our home, I would know a good deal when I saw it.  So if I were at Tuesday Morning the next week and saw something similar  it for $59, I would know that is a good deal for that style of table.  However, if I saw it at Tuesday Morning for $200 I would know to be mad at myself for not purchasing it from OKL.  And, I’ve noticed that many times, the brands seem to relist every few months.  So if I were patient, I might find this deal again.  Ideally, I would know ahead of time, what I’m looking for and what I’m willing to pay, that way as soon as I see something at OKL that is a good deal, I could grab it up.

Now, remember, OKL services HIGH END designers as well as us normal folk.  So you will see some things that will seem outrageous in their prices.  Like pillows for $200-400.  And a pair of drapes for $1800 and a sofa for $12,000.  Yes you read that right.  But don’t throw the sofa out with the bathwater, there are deals to be had.

Remember my bedroom makeover? This chair was about $400, the side table back there was $169 and that huge 8×10 rug was less than $400.  All from One Kings Lane.

And at least once a week there are some really amazing finds at low low price points {I promise to try to tweet or talk about the great deals on facebook when I see them}.  And there are always great deals at higher price points, I’m just slower to make more expensive decisions.

And this is the part that makes shopping at OKL fun.  When you refer friends, you get a $25 credit after they make their first purchase.  Some of you made a purchase at OKL after reading about it here a few months ago, thank you so much!  I’ve definately used my own cold hard cash to make purchases but, having some store credit helps too.  Once you are a member, if you think your friends would like OKL, you can refer them with the URL they give you on “Your Account” page.

You can even personalize your URL and change it to your blog name or something fun if you want.

Here’s the part where I give you a link that is MY own referral code if you want to sign up at OKL and browse around and start your design education.  New sales go live at 11am today and it’s Tuesday so the are new twilight sales tonight! I’ll try to remember to post on the Nesting Place facebook page when there’s an extra amazing deal at OKL {right after I make my own purchases thankyouverymuch because the great deals always sell out super fast}. Good luck and hang in there!

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  1. Kirsty Wilson says

    Thanks for the info, such great tips to use when shopping. but my experience was good in online shopping, recently i ordered rugs for my living room from & was satisfied with quality & delivery of product.

  2. Maria Tonkiss says

    I saw the graphic poster on Facebook – “Family Rules – Always tell the truth – Work hard etc. and would like to purchase it. I’m a member and can’t track it down as to price, etc. Can you help?

  3. 400 dollars here, 200 dollars there, must be nice to be made of money!

    Sorta thought this article would be for NORMAL people who don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a whim. :/

  4. I just got a great deal on an Arteriors chandelier on OKL. HOWEVER, I have noticed if they don’t list the manufacturer it is not usually a deal, just filler. Several times I have googled some portions of the description to find the exact same item for the same price elsewhere. Once from Sears! Gasp! I did this after a purchase and quickly asked for them to cancel my order. The best part for me is to find stuff that I can’t get locally or I wouldn’t find just searching the internet. I’m still a fan. Just cautious.

  5. I am glad you had a good experience. I did not. I ordered what I thought were beautiful napkin rings that were going to look fantastic in my newly painted dining room. What I got was the ugliest, cheap-looking items I have ever seen. The blue was nothing like the picture. I paid $60 (a huge splurge) on these Final Sales items, only to be stuck with something I couldn’t sell at a garage sale! They are going into the trash.

    • Beatrice Hueglin says

      Just moved into a new apartment and ended a rug. I have been getting emails from OKL for some time so I looked there first. Found something in my (low) price range, ordered it and received a receipt. Then I waited, and waited, for some information on delivery. After about 10 days I got an email saying the rug was not available. Tried again, with the same results. Checking my account I found that there was not even a record of my account history. I fail to see why items are advertised that are unavailable, or why it takes so long to get a notice that the transaction has been cancelled. My tip is to check out Etsy. Found a beautiful rug there, a bit cheaper,and better quality. I was notified right away that the item was being shipped and within days had a tracking number. I will never attempt to shop at OKL again.

  6. Is the chair you bought from OKL COMFORTABLE??? That’s my biggest concern…ordering chairs that I haven’t sat it…

  7. I find that their items are usually marked up, the suggested retail price false, and easy to find elsewhere – often cheaper. I do however agree that they do give me good ideas! Like someone said before, just make sure to do some research before buying.

    • I sell on OKL. I sell well. I REALLY DO give 40 to 60 percent discounts on items. True, I sell art which can be simpler because you don’t need to sit in it to make sure it is comfy.

  8. Mary Sue Butch says

    I won’t buy anything expensive from them (over $100) because their information is so sparse. For example, I won’t buy a table from them or anyone else without details about the materials. Also, I think the stated retail prices are either totally false or the price you’d pay “retail” on Fifth Avenue or in Beverly Hills. Almost everything can be found for the same or a lower price elsewhere on the web, and without the 72 hour pressure or the “no return” policy. I use it as a place to find ideas, but don’t buy anything until I check prices elsewhere.

  9. Why does one have to give e-mail, name, etc just to look at your site. Really….do you think kthat is being customer friendly/ It’s a shame, too, because there are some things I am interested in….but I’m not going to give you my information JUST TO LOOK/SHOP!!

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  12. Is there a showroom for this place , or is it just web orders???

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  14. American Dreamer says

    I find myself wondering how One Kings Lane identifies the retail price they cross out when listing the price at which they are selling an item.

    Is that retail price inflated? Because if it is inflated it is misleading and they could have trouble on their hands when people realize that. But I just dont know.

  15. Saw a lovely “vintage” tea caddy on OKL for $60 discounted from $90.
    I have the EXACT same item at home.
    I bought it for $5 at WalMart a few years ago. (with bonus chocolate truffles inside)
    Is this what passes for vintage these days?

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  18. I recently started shopping at OKL. There has been 2 orders canceled by OKL without my knowledge. I received emails after reaching out to OKL stating a glitch in the system and the orders were canceled . Previous emails verified that the items were shipped…
    It’s been very disappointing …
    I have got some orders and have been happy with the rugs, books and a pillow, but yet to receive the vintage furniture that I ordered…I will think twice about ordering from them again.

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  20. Chamois Beal says

    I’m glad I searched on reviews about OKL. That’s how I found your blog! Well, I appreciate the tips about shopping with them, but I couldn’t help admiring your office colors. I adore the rug design. Great choice. Plus, I love the pairing of the light mocha and robin’s egg blue with white furnishings.

  21. I receive okl emails. Have been looking at them for months, very good styling online. I live overseas and briefly considered buying from them. I did a ‘review’ search to find SO MANY CONSISTANT COMPLAINTS. Buyers LOSING MONEY, DISAPOINTMEMT WITH QUALITY, ITEM NOT AS ASVERTISED. Having contacts in manufacturing, I now wonder if a vast majority of items are made in China……making poor COPIES.
    Manufacturing contacts range from light industry, foundries, agricultural machinery, furniture.
    I will NOT be buying anything from okl….. I will not take the risk of losing my hard earned money.

  22. First I fel okl is so much more expensive for decorator pieces from China than Marshalls or Home Goods. The quality is very poor for reasonably priced items. I remember they had John Adler wrapping paper for $12 and Marshalls had the paper for $3.
    As for the vintage shop it is laughable. Most items look like they did come from yard sales and should be priced accordingly. There are no fine antiques on the vintage site and even their books are less expensive on Amazon sellers. To me the site is mostly a ripoff for less than quality goods and I feel that if Mark Pincas and others were not funding the company that it would have gone belly-up a long time ago.
    I feel that there is no real quality items on the site. Lots of cheap imports.

  23. I have ordered twice. The first time my table was a full inch taller than the specs. They didn’t have it in the right size, so gave us a discount, and my husband used a reciprocal saw to shorten it. The second table I ordered came cracked. They took it back. The replacement came completely unfinished. They tried to tell me there are finish variations. I sent some pics to show them that it wasn’t a variation, it was just totally unfinished. My handy husband used some rub ‘n buff to antique it himself. They gave us another discount and credit. The customer service was good. We like the products but wished what was online was representative of the actual product.

  24. Horrendous order follow-up. Out of 5 transactions in total, 3 were screwed up. First was a Baker table that I paid for and learned 3 weeks later was out of stock. Second screw-up was an item with a supposed 10% additional discount that was never applied. Last screw-up was merchandise that was sent to the wrong townhouse in my condo development and has disappeared into thin air. Just applied for a refund. Let’s see how much time/effort I have to spend it to ensure that I get the (correct) refund ….. Also, please note that “retail” prices are frequently grossly overstated so that you think you are getting a “deal”. Know the real “retail” before you buy.

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