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Post Thanksgiving Mega-Sale: A “Traditions” Tradition

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Traditions founder Pamela Kline with her long-time colleague, her daughter-in-law Shari Kline.

If you love luxury linens, you already know Traditions, though you may not realize it.  The drool-inducing bedding in the Neiman-Marcus, Orvis, Charlotte Moss, and Horchow Collection catelogs?  Traditions. The irresistible matelasse coverlets on the shelves at Classic Country in East Chatham and at all the Hammertown Barn stores? They’re Traditions, too.  Traditions is also the stuff local interior designers such as Sandy Klempner Antiques and Interiors in Canaan, Mary Kirwood Designs in Rhinebeck, and Lilypad Interiors in Pleasant Valley rely on to dress the beds in the fabulous houses they do, the kind of beds that, despite how awe-inspiring they look, make you long to crawl right in. 

Founded in 1972 by a Claverack antiques dealer, Traditions remains headquartered in the town where it all began.  Aesthetically, however, Pamela Kline, its founder, has orbited the earth several times since then.  “I started out specializing in Amish Quilts and textiles,” she says. “The Amish would give me gifts for my children—dolls, quilts, folk toys.  Customers would ask, ‘Can you get me one?’  So we started producing them and selling them in a little national catalog called, ‘Traditions.’ ”

Items from the Charlotte Moss “Sultana” line will be on sale, as will the range called “Picnic Stripe.”

Soon stores were clamoring to buy her products, and Kline began reaching for inspiration well beyond the bundling board.  She quickly discovered that she has a knack for the finer, more luxurious things in life.  Eventually, the demand from retailers was so great, it forced her to choose, so she eliminated the catalog aspect of her business.  Ever since, she has been a wholesaler who manufactures and imports luxury quilts, towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, rugs, table linen, duvets, sleepwear, and baby gear.

Kline started as a specialist in Amish quilts, but quickly discovered she had a knack for luxury. Her crewel-embroidered velveteen duvet-and-sham set will be on sale.

Twice a year, Traditions holds a sale, one in July in a tent at their warehouse, the other, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at their outlet store in Claverack.  “I have been doing this sale for thirty-two years,” says Kline.  “Loyal customers wait for it.”  Little wonder.  Included are many one-offs—samples made to be photographed for catalogs.  Though Kline promises at least 50% and up to 75% off retail, some discounts are even steeper than that.  “Something that was priced to sell for $1000 will go for $100,” Kline admits.  “It’s painful for me.  I know how much I paid.”   

Traditions Outlet Sale
29 Route 9H (just north of the Route 23 traffic light); Claverack; 518.851.3975
Friday & Saturday, November 28th & 29th; 9 - 4

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