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Date: 8/4/11 2:21 PM

Did laundry and struggled to get the sheets back on to the bed. Skimpy cut and clingy fabric, it was break-all-fingernails-now hassle. I will never buy sheets from the Company Store again; the pictures in the catalogs look great, but they quality is poor: extreme shrinkage, pilling and fading.

What are good brands for sheets? My favorites were Eddie Bauer, both flannel and cotton. They were less than $100 for a set of queen-sized sheets plus cases regular price, and about $60 on sale. Twin sets on sale for $30 to $40. That's my benchmark now, although that might be unrealistic. I so regret that they closed their home furnishings division.

Does anybody have any recommendations?

Claudia

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Date: 8/4/11 3:04 PM

I also had an unpleasant experience with the Company Store, although my problem was with their allegedly fine towels which seemed programmed to disintegrate a few days after the warranty expired! Never again with those guys.

However, I have had remarkably good luck with Garnet Hill's basic Fiesta sheets. They have received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, because some customers found the sheets rough and nasty while others have found them too soft and flimsy.

Myself, I find them just right--soft and smooth--and well-made, too. Every now and then, GH offers them at an amazing discount (such a sale just ended, alas), and the quality seems the same to me.

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Date: 8/4/11 3:05 PM

What not to get...............I thought that I liked the 500 and 600 thread count no wrinkle 100% cotton sheets from QVC and thought that they were a deal. After two years, they started weirdly shredding and it turned out that others had the same problem. Seems that it is caused by the formaldehyde that the use to make the sheets non-wrinkle!

My later in life sheet choice for ourselves (empty nesters) and for presents for our sons are Thomas Lee sheets. The do not fit your budget criteria but at 3 years the set that is on our bed 75% of the time is not showing any wear. They are getting a little snugger around the bottom corners as I wash sheets on the sanitize cycle. Hubby and I put them on together, no hassle; alone would be a little tougher.

Before this, I watched for high end sheets to be discontinued and bought the deeply discounted twin size that always seem to be leftover and just made the king size from them, usually at 1/8 to 1/10 of original retail.

We're staying away from Wrinkle anything, No Wrinkle, Wrinkle Defense. I don't know how they can sell it as 100% cotton when it is infused with formaldehyde.

Periodically, I check for vintage linen sheets, no luck yet. They are supposed to get very soft, wear like iron, and allow for circulations.

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Date: 8/4/11 3:55 PM

I found a couple complete sets of new Wamsutta brand sheets at a flea market still in the original packaging unopened. They were originally from Bed Bath and Beyond. They're XL and one set is 50/50 poly/cotton and the other set is 100% cotton..
They feel really nice and they wash up nice..Have a satin-like embossed edge along the upper edge of the flat sheets and on the pillowcases..

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Date: 8/4/11 4:08 PM

oops ~double post~
-- Edited on 8/4/11 4:09 PM --

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Date: 8/4/11 4:16 PM

I like Charter Club and Wamasutta. If you wouldn't sew with it, don't sleep on it!

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Date: 8/4/11 4:33 PM

I'm probably in the minority, but I like poly/cotton sheets -- maybe 65% cotton. (If the poly proportion gets any higher they are not as nice.) They last forever, are easy to wash, and are inexpensive to boot. Over time, they get smoother and silkier, too. The last ones I bought were from Linens 'n' Things (so sad that they went out of business) for about $25 for a queen set, but I still have some from many years ago. The all-cotton sheets I have tried have fallen apart in less than a year.

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Date: 8/4/11 5:18 PM

I got some sheets I love from overstock.com. I don't remember exactly how much they were, it was two years ago, I think. $30 or $40 for queen-sized 400-thread count (I think) Egyptian cotton sheets. The pockets are actually too deep.. but I'll take that any day over pockets that aren't deep enough! If it really bugged me I could always put elastic across the bottom. Overstock has bunches of inexpensive Egyptian cotton sheets. Mostly sateen, though. Someone said in the fabric section the the percale weave is better for sheets.. but I don't have any complaints about mine!

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Date: 8/4/11 6:24 PM

Wow, those are pricey and I've never even heard of them ( even though it's my husband's name backwards!).

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Date: 8/4/11 6:36 PM

I know, I did a months long search for best sheets on line and then waited months longer to get them. I think they send out swatches for anyone that is interested. The search did yield that some people prefer crispy sheets and some soft. I guess its a little luxury after all the years of sewing the super, duper discounted twin sheets together. By the way, the super, duper 20 year old discounted sheets have been reconfigured for the camper.

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