If you think online giants Wayfair and Amazon are the only game in town, think again. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 70+ years, you should know about the home and design store paradise that is Pottery Barn. The brick-and-mortar slash catalog brand has plenty of ways to keep up with the deals its online competitors are offering.
Founded in 1948, the mail order and shopping mall mainstay began as a home furnishings store but soon expanded to furniture, accessories and all things décor. The brand prides itself on carefully designed and curated collections, all expertly created by artists in its San Francisco design studio.
Pottery Barn and its 200+ stores were acquired by Williams-Sonoma in the ’80s and in the following decades, launched other specialty sub-stores, including Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen. (Did you also know they own West Elm?)
The Pottery Barn empire is not only a favorite for engaged couples to register for the gift registry and furnish that new home and beyond, but when it comes time to furnish your children’s bedrooms, PB has you covered for that, too. It’s truly a brand that grows with you, and those who shop PB are often devotees for life.
So whether you’re looking for textured linens, artisanal glazed stoneware, or chic dorm room furnishings for your future coed, one thing we’re all looking for is the best deal. While competitors like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s may be more famous for their coupons, Pottery Barn has some savings to offer its loyal customers, too.
Read on for the best ways to save at Pottery Barn.
1. Join The Key Loyalty Program
“When you enroll, you not only can use The Key at Pottery Barn but also at their other sister stores which include Pottery Barn Kids, PBTeen, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home and Mark and Graham,” says Frugal Living Expert and Budget Coach Lauren Greutman.
Another way to rack up the rewards is to apply for a Pottery Barn credit card. You’ll reap the rewards, including 10% back in rewards, $25 for every $250 you spend, sales announcements, product previews, and access to cardholder-only offers and events — with no annual fee.
The Pottery Barn rewards program is called “The Key.” It’s free to sign up and gives you:
|Pottery Barn Rewards||Cardmember
|Shop Pottery Barn Brands||Earn 5%
(2X rewards for the first 30 days)
|Early Access to Sales & Products|
|New Collection First Look|
|Free Design Services with Design Crew|
|Free Standard Shipping at Williams Sonoma|
|$25 Birthday Reward|
|12-month Promotional Financing|
|Double Rewards Welcome Bonus|
2. Get a Free Pottery Barn Catalog
If you’re one of those people who uses catalogs as firepit fodder in favor of online shopping instead, you could miss out. “Inside the catalog, you can find promotions plus ree design inspiration,” notes Greutman. And might I add, it looks fabulous on a PB coffee table.
Does Pottery Barn Have Coupons?
The company doesn’t offer printable coupons. However, you can check RetailMeNot for the most up to date promo codes.
3. Get Pottery Barn Free Shipping
Pottery Barn offers free shipping on select merchandise. If your item isn’t in stock at your local Pottery Barn store where you can use the buy online, get it today in-store option, then this is the area to shop. You’ll find free shipping on bath towels, throw pillows, candles and more.
But the one area you shouldn’t hold your breath on for free shipping (at least right now) is Pottery Barn furniture.
4. Shop the Limited Time Sales
“Pottery Barn online runs sales and limited-time deals across all departments regularly and you’ll only find out if you’re checking on the daily,” explains Greutman. The Pottery Barn limited-time savings collection lets you can uncover several types of offers from time to time, including:
- Daily deals for up to 50% off.
- Seasonal items for up to 40% off.
- Limited-time specials, events and bonus deals on popular product categories, like up to 50% off in-stock outdoor furniture offered in July.
- Dining room, bedroom and home office set deals.
5. Shop the Pottery Barn Clearance Section
For super exclusive savings on a bunch of Pottery Barn gear, pop over to the sale and clearance section — both online and in stores. If you’re shopping online, you’re guaranteed to have a wider selection with literally thousands of items for up to 70% off.
6. Know the Pottery Barn Sales Calendar
There’s always something on sale at Pottery Barn, but it’s good to have a general plan when shopping for the store. Seasonal items (like Christmas and Easter décor) go on sale immediately following the holiday they’re meant for.
So don’t forget to shop after those big holidays. For example, shop Christmas décor in January, spring décor in May, summer items after Labor Day, and fall décor in November.
These are other sales to look for year-round:
Pottery Barn Bedding Sale
“In January, Pottery Barn throws its annual White Sale (called the Big Refresh Event), offering as much as 40% off on sheets, duvet covers, bath mats, and towels. And you can usually expect a similar sale in the summer, too,” says Greutman.
Pottery Barn Memorial Day Sale
“Make sure you watch for those holiday sales,” advises Greutman. Shop on holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day and Black Friday, because Pottery Barn cuts prices as much as 60%.
Pottery Barn Buy More, Save More Sale
This savings event pops up twice throughout the year, according to our PB expert. Once at the end of summer — like Labor Day — and again right after Christmas and the holiday season. The more you spend, the higher your discounts. For example, spend $1,000 and get a whopping 25% off your purchase. Mark your calendar!
7. Get Free Pottery Barn Design Services
If you’re design-challenged (aka, you have no idea what duvet goes with what throw pillow or how to Feng Shui your room), have no fear: PB is here for you. They offer free interior design services via online chat or you can make an appointment and a consultant will meet you in-store, virtually or even in your home!
Take advantage of these free services for all your styling and space-planning needs. They also offer installation services. For a small fee, they’ll hang your curtains, mount your TV or even paint your room.
8. Get a Gift Registry Completion Discount
If you have a wedding coming up, an anniversary or the birth of a baby, registering on Pottery Barn gets you 10% off on any items you want that don’t get purchased (or you realize you need after the fact). This discount is good for up to six months after your special event.
Besides the registry completion discount, Pottery Barn offers:
- A registry personal shopper to help you select the perfect items.
- Reminder to send thank-you notes and a list of who purchased what.
- The ability to add items from sister stores like West Elm and Williams Sonoma.
9. Get a Pottery Barn Trade Discount
Did you know that if you’re one of the following trades, you can get 20% off in all the brand’s stores and online? Apply to the Williams Sonoma Trade Program to see if you qualify. Besides the discount, you can also get special services like project management, tax-exempt purchasing and no minimum quantities.
- Interior designers.
- Set designers and stagers.
- Home developers.
- Professional chefs.
- Culinary students.
10. Get a Military Discount
Although it’s apparently not widely advertised, our insider says military members can get an additional 10% off their in-store purchases only. Pottery Barn is strict about requiring military status validation, so take your ID with you to validate.
11. Know the Pottery Barn Return Policy
You can return eligible items within 30 days of receiving your order, or seven days for “Quick Ship” upholstery items, for a full refund. You must have the original receipt or gift receipt.
Pottery Barn merchandise that isn’t eligible for returns or exchanges includes:
- Monogrammed items.
- Gift cards.
- Made to Order products, including custom rugs, furniture and faucets and shower sets.
- Final sale merchandise (ending in a $. X7 or $. X9).
- Products that are damaged through normal wear and tear.
Note: Pottery Barn offers extended return times around the holidays.
12. Subscribe to Pottery Barn Emails
Email mailers can spam your inbox and cause clutter quickly. But before hitting that delete button, subscribe and save instead. As soon as you click on the homepage, a pop-up asking you to become a VIP will appear and that’s precisely where you enter your email address. They’ll also send out exclusive coupons that are only available to email subscribers.
13. Shop a Pottery Barn Outlet Store
Pottery Barn outlet stores are a treasure trove of savings with up to 50% off regular prices. A lot of the merchandise is from past seasons, but that doesn’t make them any less eye-watering. As a pro at shopping at PB outlets, you can’t get furniture shipped, so you’ll be moving any furniture purchases you make. Find a Pottery Barn outlet store near you.
15. Buy Pottery Barn Floor Models
The biggest opportunity for saving on Pottery Barn furniture is to hit stores before a new season. This is when they’re trying to get rid of merchandise that people have sat on and touched more times than you probably even want to know to make room for a new season’s colors and styles. We’ve seen savings of up to 60% off sometimes, and it’s worth the extra spritz of sanitizer and soap.
16. Join the Pottery Barn Team
Online job searching sites say employees get a whopping 40% off on regular-priced items and 20% off sale items. Plus, you’ll have early access to sale items before regular shoppers.
17. Follow Pottery Barn on Social Media
Join some 3 million others and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all the current sales, promotions and any social-only specials. The feed also keeps shoppers abreast of style tips and trends and previews of new and upcoming product launches.
18. Join the New Mover Program
When you’re planning a move, make sure you sign up for the New Mover Program. You’ll receive Pottery Barn’s welcome packet and catalog and tips for making your new house feel like home. Plus, score free design services, too. Our PB insider says you’ll receive 20% off when you sign up with your new address.
19. Score $15 Off a $75 Purchase Coupon
Pottery Barn partners with paint expert Sherwin Williams to offer $15 off a purchase of $75 or more. All you have to do is click how you want to receive your discount — email, text or print. There’s no sign-up required either to get the discount. You’ll find the newest paint colors for turning your home into a Pottery Barn show home.