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  • Pottery Barn rule

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    The Pottery Barn rule is an American expression alluding to a policy of "you break it, you bought it" or "you break it, you buy it" or "you break it, you remake it", by which a retail store holds a customer responsible for damage done to merchandise on display. It generally "encourages customers to be more careful when handling property that's not theirs". It is an analogy often used in the political or military arena to suggest that if an actor inadvertently creates a problem, the actor is obliged to provide the resources necessary to correct it.

  • Pottery

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    A potter at work in Morena, IndiaPottery is the process of forming vessels and other objects with clay and other ceramic materials, which are fired to give them a hard, durable form. Major types include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The place where such wares are made by a potter is also called a pottery (plural "potteries"). The definition of pottery, used by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is "all fired ceramic wares that contain clay when formed, except technical, structural, and refractory products." A different definition, used within the field of ceramics, is "everything which is not porcelain". In archaeology, especially of ancient and prehistoric periods, "pottery" often means vessels only, and figures etc. of the same material are called "terracottas". Clay as a part of the materials used is sometimes said to be essential, but this is dubious.

  • At Home (store)

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    At Home is a big box retail chain specializing in home decor products based in Plano, Texas. The specialty retailer's stores each carry over 50,000 unique items across broad product categories including furniture, garden, home textiles, housewares, patio, rugs, seasonal decor, tabletop decor, and wall decor. At Home stores have a wide range of items; however, the company devotes a large portion of its space to seasonal merchandise. In August 2016, the company went public. As of 2018, at Home has 136 stores in 33 states and plans to get to 600. The average store is 120,000 square feet. Lewis L. (Lee) Bird III serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President for At Home. Mr. Bird joined the company in December 2012 and in a short time has transformed the 35-year-old Garden Ridge brand into the more consumer-relevant At Home retail chain. Prior to this, Mr. Bird served as President of Nike Affiliates for Nike Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Gap and Chief Financial Officer of Old Navy.

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