In Keeping With Traditions Linens, The Labor Day Outlet Sale
If you love luxury linens, you already know Traditions, though you may not realize it. The drool-inducing bedding in the Neiman-Marcus, Orvis and Horchow Collection catalogs? Traditions. The irresistible matelassé coverlets and iconic Black Lab Throws on the shelves at Classic County in East Chatham and at all the Hammertown stores? They’re Traditions, too. Traditions is also the stuff of local interior designers, who rely on it to dress the beds in the fabulous houses they adorn, the kind of beds that, despite how awe-inspiring they look, make you want to crawl right into them.
Founded in 1972 by Pamela Kline, a Claverack, NY antiques dealer, Traditions remains headquartered in the town where it all began. Kline traveled extensively, specializing in Amish quilts and textiles. Responding to customers’ demands, she started producing them and selling them in a little national catalog called “Traditions.”
Soon stores were clamoring to buy the products, and Kline began reaching for inspiration well beyond the bundling board. Eventually, the demand from retailers was so great the company dropped the retail aspect of the business.
Since then, Traditions has been a wholesaler that manufactures and imports luxury quilts, towels, sheets, blanket, pillows, rugs, table linens, duvets, sleepwear and baby gear. In 2011, daughter-in-law Shari Kline bought the business from her MIL and has introduced some more updated styles — what she calls “coutrypolitan”— which you’ll find in the Labor Day sale, Sept. 4-5, at their outlet store in Claverack.
Included are many one-offs — samples made to be photographed for catalogs. Though the discounts are at least 50 percent and up to 75 percent off retail, some discounts are even steeper than that. And if you don’t find the duvet of your dreams at this sale (unlikely as that is) you can always wait and repeat at the Thanksgiving and Memorial Day sales.
Traditions Linens Outlet Sale
29 Route 9H (just north of the Route 23 traffic light), Claverack, NY
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.