Hi Lynn, we meet again, and yes it's nice to meet you too
Yes it is true, bedding and towels are not good quality here. I have on most trips back to the UK been asked to buy what I can for my friends here, including clothes and shoes.
As far as furniture and electrical goods are concerned I have found them all to be reasonably priced here, and often cheaper than the UK, especially if you shop around and, of course, haggle over the price if your buying more than one item. Additionally I have never been charged (yet, I know there's always a first time) for delivery - unheard of back home.
And yes, do bring books, videos, dvd's etc., with you, things around here can get very quiet in the winter months unless, like me, you end up helping with the olive harvest in which case all you will want to do at the end of the day is eat, shower and sleep - not always in that order!