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What Does Your Doormat Say About You?

‘Curb appeal’ is the new catchphrase sweeping the nation as the U.S. housing market continues its steady climb into the black, and what better way is there to make buyers feel more at home than an inviting <a title="Welcome Mats" href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats_904.html?page=1" target="_blank">welcome mat</a>? Yeah, maybe – but why be boring? This is a chance to give your home a <em>voice</em>. A doormat is an easy way to announce that everybody’s welcome. [caption id="attachment_13796" align="aligncenter" width="144"]<a title="No Solicitors Welcome Mat " href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats/bungalow-flooring-20233161827-surfaces-no-thanks-cushion-welcome-mat_g688947.html?isku=6225681&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13796" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13796 " title="No Thanks Doormat" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/nothanksmat-300x300.jpg" alt="No Solicitors Doormat" width="144" height="144" /></a> Well, almost everybody.[/caption] So, what will your welcome mat say? Studies show that most people will select a nondescript pattern, or a mat that actually says, “Welcome.” Some might branch out and go the monogrammed route, but then there will be a few who are willing to take it to the next level – and we thank them for it. <strong>The Pistol Packer<a title="No Trespassers Mat" href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats/bungalow-flooring-20233051827-surfaces-no-trespassing-cushion-welcome-mat_g688948.html?isku=6225682&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13799" target="_blank"><img class="alignright wp-image-13799" title="No Trespassing Mat" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/trespassingmat-300x300.jpg" alt="Trespassers Will Be Shot Mat" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> You know this guy. When he answers the door – <em>if</em> he answers the door – it will be with one hand, because the other hand will be holding a shotgun. And, heaven help you if you’re trying to sell anything … unless it’s more bullets for his hand cannon. &nbsp; <strong>The Parrothead<a title="Whimsical Doormat" href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats/milliken-p536088-c6003-2-don-sawyer-coastal-be-nice-or-leave-welcome-mat-blue_g361354.html?isku=3457826&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13802" target="_blank"><img class="alignright wp-image-13802" title="Tropical Welcome Mat" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/parrotheadmat-300x300.jpg" alt="Smiling Fish Doormat" width="108" height="108" /></a>s  </strong> If you live in Florida, you either are one or know one. True Parrotheads are more than just Jimmy Buffet fans; they embrace a laid-back beachside lifestyle fueled by sand, surf and sleeping in. They’re also uncharacteristically nice thanks to their ability to eschew modern-day worries like employment. &nbsp; <strong>The Dog Lover<a title="Dog Friendly Doormat" href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats/bungalow-flooring-20236081827-surfaces-boxer-patrol-pet-mat_g688920.html?isku=6225654&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13806" target="_blank"><img class="alignright wp-image-13806" title="Dog Lover Doormat" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/boxermat-300x300.jpg" alt="Dog Lover Welcome Mat" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> It’s amazing how many people will still be unprepared when the door is open, even after they see one of these mats. The underlying message is, <em>There’s a good chance one or more huge dogs are right behind this door</em>, but all the guest can think is, <em>What an adorable welcome mat!</em> Let the fun begin! &nbsp; <strong>The Francophiles<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats/entryways-1036f-handmade-our-chateau-extra-thick-hand-woven-coir-welcome-doormat_g1443690.html?isku=9949006&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13809" target="_blank"><img class="alignright wp-image-13809" title="Chateau Mat" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/frenchmat-300x300.jpg" alt="Francophile Mat" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> They went to Paris – <em>once</em>, during college 15 years ago – and still say, “Bonjour!” when they open the door. You don’t have the heart to tell them they need to stop living in 1998, and they've already got the Rosetta Stone CDs and the doormat, so you just nibble your <em>croissant</em> and keep quiet. &nbsp; <strong>The Comedians<a title="Funny Welcome Mat" href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats/bungalow-flooring-20233501827-surfaces-key-under-mat-cushion-welcome-mat_g688942.html?isku=6225676&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13814" target="_blank"><img class="alignright wp-image-13814" title="Funny Welcome Mat" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/keymat-300x300.jpg" alt="Joke Welcome Mat" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> They want you to know you’re about to have the time of your life. The laughs start before you even get through the door! When it comes to the psychological warfare involved in entertaining guests, nothing is cleverer than the cheeky doormat – they’ll have no idea what to expect. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to share your most memorable welcome mat finds.
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