With the ice broken and our mission to find floor tile this morning, I of course fall in love with with 1 1/2" hex carrera marble sheet tile - but the unfriendly staff and a price tag of $75/ SF quickly let the air out of my balloon.
By the end of the day we ended up at Oregon Tile & Marble and talking to the sales staff about a few things. They were so friendly! Which was a big change to the other showrooms we had been visiting all day. We inquired about their 1" hexagon carrera marble sheet tile sample and the woman mentioned they got a new shipment by accident and it was 2" hexagon just earlier in the week. Pricing wasn't certain so they offered it to us for the price of the 1" hex ($14.95) and they would also give us a trade discount for both being in the industry.
Here's a sneak peek
So to make a long story short, we came home with the tile at under $12/ SF... LESS than the price of our lowest quote for standard 2" white ceramic tile. It paid to shop around and I'm in heaven.