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You're surfing for bargains, and you see that Overstock.com has a tufted cotton discount bed spread for $39.99--was $120.00. Your first thought is, "Wow, what a great buy." Your second thought is, "Look at the stitching detail. It's got to be monstrous to care for if it's discounted that badly!" Granted, retailers will try to sell you a seemingly luxurious wholesale bed spread--but the big O has never been an outrageous fraud.
The product description proclaims, "Machine washable." You might be afraid of the cotton unraveling when you make the bed for the 100th time. Take the product description with you to your local bedding store. Scrape a similar discount bed spread with your fingernail. If the cotton doesn't tear or pill (show those inconvenient little fuzz balls), you have a high-quality cotton bed spread, whether it's a high-price luxury bed spread or a luxury wholesale bed spread. Usually, a tufted cotton bed spread will have fringe.
Make sure the fringe doesn't pill or fray. If possible, use bed lifters to keep the fringe out of the way of vacuum cleaners. This works well if you have a long bed spread or bed skirt. As always, check the label or description to make sure any quilted bed spread, chenille bed spread, or tufted cotton bed spread, is pre-shrunk. Ask Overstock if the bed spread is pre-shrunk. Now you can get back to bargain hunting and wondering whetehr you should buy that flat-screen TV.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|