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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:22 PM
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Poll question: Have you ever heard of Drapes costing over a thousand dollars?
I know this is a setup for a Brazillion copycats, but I'm asking because I've been informed that the drapes in my house cost this absurd amount of money. To me, they look like some average mesh hanging under some patterned white stitched whiteness :shrug:

There's a total of three windows with those ( what I'll call ) negatively-arched curtain rail overthrows, and the rest are just some fitted thick things that have the texture of a tablecloth.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:25 PM
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1. You do mean draperies, correct?
drape=verb
drapery=noun


:hide:
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:37 PM
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6. see file names in #5
:-)
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:40 PM
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8. hahaha...you!
sorry sweetie, just a pet peeve of mine...weird, i know, but what can one expect from the likes of me? :D

:hi:
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:40 PM
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10. I have no idea, but I expect they come in threes
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 06:45 PM by DS1
:D
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:44 PM
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13. heehee, yes
no hidey smiley necessary...no shame in my game! :bounce:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:26 PM
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2. I think it IS possible, but you need to ask some hard questions
if this is related to the fire and insurance.

Are they custom made? My mom had custom made curtains in our house in CT back in the mid 70s, and I know that is a long time ago, but I also know my frugal dad would never have paid thousands for drapes. I think for three rooms, including one bow window it was under $500.

What is the material? If it is your run of the mill cotton, linen, no way. If it is a very rare silk, maybe.

If not custom made, who is the manufacturer? Some manufacturer's are way more expensive than others, but I can't quite envision it getting that expensive.

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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:37 PM
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5. pics are on the way
3 windows like this


5 small windows that have something like this
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:40 PM
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Gee, I really can't tell. I have drapes similar to the bottom
pic in my dining room that I got at JCPenney for $59. I would definitely ask to see some receipts and see where they are from. The top pic, no way. Very ordinary, target looking. To me, anyway, and I am kind of a drapery freak. I like to change them a lot based on seasons, etc.

I have a friend who makes custom drapes and curtains and her stuff is very nice, pretty on par with what you have posted, but nowhere near as expensive.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:42 PM
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12. Excellent info, thanks
That's what I was thinking. Of course, I'm no expert, but I just couldn't see fronting a thousand bucks for what I'm seeing here.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:47 PM
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16. I'm with you. It doesn't look as though either the material
nor the workmanship demands that kind of pricing.

Ahh, the beauty of mini-blinds....
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:29 PM
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3. Draperies..
.... are very expensive. I've paid over twice that to cover one large window.

Labor to make them is expensive, and the materials for nice drapes costs a lot and it takes a ream of fabric.

As a guy, trust me, I had major sticker shock too :) I'd just as soon spend that kind of cash on something useful, like a big screen TV :)
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:38 PM
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7. no shit
:wow:

How lame. I bought curtains for 40 bucks, and was totally happy with them. Of course, they were black :evilgrin: but during the day it was like having a wall-sized starfield - way cool
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:30 PM
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4. It's possible...
But they're sold to people with more money than sense.
Duckie
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:40 PM
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9. Window treatments can be very expensive.
Especially if they are custom draperies for unusually shaped or sized windows.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:42 PM
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11. i bought a $50 PILLOW for our guest-room bed
it is for decoration only :D

small pillow really but quite fetching. they don't call me 'Martha Stewart' for nothing :hide:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:49 PM
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17. You're right, they don't call you Martha Stewart.
Hee, hee.

:hi:

$50 for a pillow, and you wouldn't buy Mrs.Matcom a pedestal for the new washer? Shame. Shame.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:50 PM
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18. but they DO!
and Mrs Matcom ain't getting a gawd-damned GREYHOUND either! :hide:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:52 PM
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19. Wow. How nice of you.
and how is that Barefoot Mrs.Matcom working out? Hmm?
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:54 PM
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21. great
she JUST finished cleaning up the dishes!

now, i'm gonna ORDER her to scrub the dog

ORDER

:hide:

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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:54 PM
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22. Ooohh, can she scrub Chessie the wunderdog too?
'cuz she is mighty stinky.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:57 PM
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25. does Chessie need her anal sacks squeezed as well?
just say the word. i'll send Mrs Matcom over
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:04 PM
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27. No, she just went to the vet, but thanks so much for the offer!!!
:yourock:



and so does the long suffering Mrs.Matcom.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:08 PM
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28. don't say i never offered!
:hide:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:44 PM
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14. Oh, absolutely. I remain embarrassed over the insane amount of
money we spent on "window treatments". It's crazy.

The shit's EXPENSIVE!! :wow:

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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:45 PM
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15. 'Course, the ones I saw
were in the Vatican. Just sayin' :shrug:
My mum always said, "We just need one of those, and we'd be set for life." Cause they were spun from gold (no kidding).
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:52 PM
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20. Dude, I went on a tour once of a bed and breakfast that had $20,000 drapes
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:55 PM
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23. My grandma used to make them...
My mom took over the business. I have seen people drop 20K on them. Keep in mind that was really expensive fabric and most the sewing was done by hand.
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Scooter24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:56 PM
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24. Yes...
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 07:05 PM by Scooter24
I've seen some that can go for over $10,000 and up.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:02 PM
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26. Most drapery doesn't cost that much or even close to it, - however
the costs of drapery, like just about everything else, depends.

If the fabric is real silk (which seems abysmally stupid in a rental), if it's custom made to match the entire household, if the windows are unusually sized and require specially fitted hardware, then yes, the total set up for a draped window could conceivably run to a grand.

Conceivable is different than likely. I'd never fork out that kind of money for drapery without some sort of receipts to prove the costs. If all else as it should be, one could easily replace the hardware and drapery on a single window for under a hundred bucks, and do it nicely.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:09 PM
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29. Fortunately it's not an issue of replacement, it's me guaging the
"drama-queenitis" of the party at hand. As well as the bullshititis, but moreso the dramaqueenitis.
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:40 PM
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30. I just spent $40 on 8 long panels.
Yeah for sewing machines! :bounce:
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