Friday, April 22, 2016

12 Hacks to Successfully Shop at Home Goods

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If there's one way to describe myself, it would be saying I'm indecisive - to say the least. I'm always "in the mood" to redecorate and I never am not shopping for home decor, even if it means I'm going to need a storage unit soon ; ) There are always new things to find, want, love and need, duh! Constant change when it comes to home decor keeps a room feeling fresh and updated. As I watch the season five premiere of Million Dollar Listing New York, I realize more and more how much of a dream designing and selling homes is to me, but it also makes me realize just how expensive decor can be.

Home furnishing stores are everywhere; Pottery Barn, Pier 1, ZGallerie, Lulu & Georgia, Restoration Hardware, etc etc... but the holy grail of it all - Home Goods. Honestly, I don't know what I did before I a.) realized how many Home Goods stores were so close to me and b.) shopped there. If you've never been to Home Goods, then march your you know what there ASAP!! It's not just an addiction, it's a lifestyle. For real.

Since each store is different in terms of stock and layout, there's different ways to plan your attack. Guys, this is more than a shopping trip, it's a mission.

Okay maybe that's a little dramatic, but I have a real Home Goods obsession. There's aisles and aisles of amazing deals on designer home furnishings of all type and if you miss one aisle, you could be missing a LOT. I tend to make it to a Home Goods once a week.. sometimes twice; here are my top tips for shopping at Home Goods and finding the best items in the store:

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Look for Hidden Gems

The aisles are always full and messy; don't forget to look behind the big pieces on the shelves! Dig deep and you'll find hidden gems every time! Behind 5 foot mirrors, find the best wall decor and behind all of those throw blankets, find the cutest pillow ever. See where I'm going with this?

Don't skip over anything

It's pretty common for the store to be a mess, so you have to check every single aisle! I could spend hours in Home Goods and 85% of what I find are in the aisles I would least expect. Especially if you're hunting for something specific, you never know where it could get placed. I found a Kate Spade coffee table book hidden in with the bathroom decor the other day!

Take measurements

Ever notice those black, three foot long paper tape measures all over the store? Use these! Many people don't realize that these tape measures are there for you to take, use and make you realize why you need to buy that gold mirrored end table. Most of us don't have tape measures with us on command (I mean it happens but it isn't always!) so they're there for you, and you don't have to miss a beat.

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Put things into proportion

Is there a lamp you love, but not sure if it’s the right size for your living room table? Take it over to the furniture section and place it on a table that looks close to the size of yours at home; this gives you a better idea of what will look best and how things match up in terms of size and proportions. No one wants to go to Home Goods to make a return, so make sure that things are going to fit before you fall in love. This also works with shower curtains/bathroom decor, dinnerware on a dining table and so much more.

Go as often as possible

If you couldn't tell by now, I'm a Home Goods nut! I go at least once a week and it's really, really difficult to leave without buying something. Another fun fact many people don't know is that Home Goods stores get re-stocked weekly; that's right, new things every week! The store looks totally different every time I go and honestly, that's the best part. Exactly why it never gets old! New shipment days vary by store and location, so ask a store employee when the shipments come in - they'll be happy to tell you. My store usually restocks on Sundays, with the occasional mid-week shipment, so I go on Saturdays while running errands and/or Monday evenings. Down to a science I tell ya ; )

Just buy it

Now maybe this is why my friends tell me I'm a shopping pusher... but seriously, don't not buy something you love from Home Goods! As I mentioned, they re-stock weekly and it's pretty likely that if you wait, the item(s) you're loving will be gone. I've had it happen, it isn't fun! Even if you don't have a place for it just yet, at least you won't have non-buyers regret. Is that a thing?

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Come prepared

Redoing your bathroom? Just paint the living room? Upgrading your mantle? Don't risk guessing on different color shades or if something will look right; take things with you to shop. Like a paint swatch, fabric sample or even a pillow (gotta do what you gotta do). Fun fact: the human eye can normally detect around 32 million shades of colors. Don't let this be a guessing game!

Skip the gift cards, go to Home Goods

I can't even begin to list all of the people I've gotten gifts for from Home Goods. Of course there's exceptions, and they don't sell clothes or cute accessories BUT they have an incredible assortment of things you can get. Here's some gift ideas that you can shop for at Home Goods:
  • Put together a gift basket with at-home spa things; beauty blenders, spa socks, body lotions, etc.
  • In the warmer months, make a beach-themed basket with a cute beach towel, blow up pool toys and candy
  • Home Goods has incredible snacks; I'm eating an Orchard Valley sea salt cashew pack as we speak! Put together a foodie basket and even add their syrups to make fun cocktails!
  • Head to the framing section to find a cute set of frames or a collage frame to put together a fun gift for someone special

Get creative and you'll seriously be surprised!

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Check the clearance sections

There's usually a couple of randomly scattered clearance shelves throughout the store; usually in three or four different spots. Sometimes the best things in the store are here! Whether they're actually clearance or were just left in the wrong spot, it's totally worth checking these sections out. If you aren't willing to spend $69.99 for that adorable cake stand but want to risk living without it (again with the theatrics, I know) then keep checking back during each shopping trip. It's pretty likely that if you think that's too expensive, other shoppers will too. As the new shipments come in, they have to make room on the eye-level shelving and they mark things down and move them to the miss-matched clearance sections. To all my fellow bloggers out there: this is a great spot to check for fun photography props too!

Compare the prices

This is a big one... Home Goods is notorious for having a ton of what you'll see in stores like ZGallerie and Macy's to name a few. Especially ZGallerie - I've gotten a couple of really cute decor items that for whatever reason, Home Goods got from them. There's one item I've bought that I still pride my shopping trips on: these and these boxes sell on ZGallerie for upwards of $60 for a set of two. I got the turquoise one at Home Goods for $7 and the silver one for $16! Serious discounts and so well worth the wait. Moral of this story, it pays to check your local Home Goods for these items before cashing out online for nearly triple.

Download the app

That's right friends, Home Goods has an app. Possibly my favorite ever, no surprise at this point, amiright? You can select your "favorite stores", or the ones that are closest to you and that you shop at regularly. From there, it's basically like a Home Goods Instagram feed - a dream come true basically! You can see a ton of new arrivals that each store gets in stock and it's super helpful if you're looking for something semi-specific. Highly recommend!

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Just when you think you're finished...

Your cart is full of things you probably don't need, you're ready to pay and all of a sudden the in-line items come at you full force. The cute coffee mugs, the patterned paper straws, the fun crystal knobs... ugh it never ends! They literally make you shop until the very moment you swipe that card. Talk about a strategic marketing strategy! This stuff tends to be really great though, I've even found a set of Lilly Pulitzer tumblers for $7.99 (!!!) in this section before.

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Home Goods is good for the soul. Yep I said it, I'm totally addicted and I can't stop won't stop. Some things you can always count on them having: candles, beautifully crafted foreign vases and bowls, wall art, stationary and jewelry organization. Oh and some of the prettiest faux flowers I've ever seen! Also be sure to check the stationary section for the cutest notepads and journals and fun wrapping paper and gift bags all day every day. May the Home Goods gods be ever in your favor on your next shopping trip!

XOXO
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48 comments :

  1. I'm with you - I have a slight addiction to home Goods as well. I always look at everything. There may be something awesome tucked away on a secret shelf somewhere!!

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  2. Home Goods is one of my favorite stores. I get lost in there for hours. Great tips because my wallet sure needs them. LOL

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  3. Ugh I'm seriously obsessed with Home Goods! It's like a treasure hunt in there!!

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  4. I call Home Goods and TJ my mothership hahhaahhaha. I am there way too often, and 99% of my home and closet are from these stores. Excellent tips; when I first started shopping there, I was overwhelmed, but now I'm a master.

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  5. I love shopping at Home Goods! We are actually headed to the mall right now and I was thinking about stopping in!

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  6. I am pretty sure my mom is addicted to Home Goods. When she comes to visit me she goes to as many home goods she can find locally. They do have a lot of good stuff for really good price.

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  7. I love Home Goods! Always find so many great things there :) Awesome tips!

    smalltownsandcitylights.com

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  8. We don't have Home Goods here in Canada but I see a lot of different items that would look stunning in my house! So so pretty... **wistful sigh**

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  9. This looks like the sort of shop I could get in lost in for hours - so many beautiful things. x

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  10. I love Home Goods! If you fall in love with a piece, grab it because it may be gone tomorrow. Of course, I fall in love with everything in there - even pieces that are not quite my decorating style. :)

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  11. I've only ever gone once! Will definitely have to check it out again! I love that dining room set!

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  12. I wish we had one here :( this post makes me want to go there.

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

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  13. I seriously find the best stuff at Home Goods! I love that place!

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  14. Home Goods is definitely one of my favorite stores of all time. It's totally good for the soul. I always find the cutest journals there. I also love the pillows and all the home decor items.

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  15. I don't have a HomeGoods in my hometown, which is so disappointing. I always hear great things about this store. One of these days I will find one to checkout and then I can utilize your great tips.

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  16. HomeGoods is like my haven. Love, love it! Great tips!

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  17. Redesigning was never my forte, but I always enjoy looking at interior decor, they are just so lovely. I've been thinking about replacing the furniture at home, and these tips come in handy!

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  18. "Your cart is full of things you don't need" This is me at Target!

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  19. Those are such great tips and tricks! I LOVE Home Goods but I find it is such a hit or miss thing. You just have to buy something if you see it!

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  20. I want it all! Home goods is my absolute favorite!! Just great tips :)

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  21. I love that travel print in gold font. I don't think there's a Home Goods near me but I've heard lots of people love it!!

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  22. I love that store! My weakness is home decor shopping... it's so fun to decorate a home : )

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  23. I love home goods! I just bought a faux marble and gold desk for my room!

    Laura | www.LauraWears.com

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  24. I'm obsessed with Home Goods too! I always find killer deals there.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  25. I am a huge fan of Home Goods! I got a lot of my wall art and my favorite coffee mug from there!
    -Anna | www.fivefootandfabulous.com

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  26. I also describe myself as indecisive. I find a lot of decor I love or get excited about but want to wait to make sure I don't find it cheaper somewhere else or something I like better. It's hard for me to bite the bullet and buy what I find. Home Goods to the rescue.

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  27. I have never shopped at Home Goods, looks like they have a great collection of items. This store reminds me so much of Marshalls. Its overwhelming but perfect to find hidden gems like you said. I have got to try this store, but I fear I will never come out haha
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  28. I love shopping at Home Goods!!! I love all these tips, they have the best cookware and food gourmet selection in my opinion!

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  29. This is great! I've only ever gone into home goods once before and I only bought towels. Would love to head back in and check it all out! - Jeanine

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  30. I love new and neat things for the house!

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  31. I am dying to go to a homegoods! I hope I get one near me soon!

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  32. Home Goods is amazing! They always seem to have the greatest stuff. I can't wait until I have a home/apartment of my own to decorate.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  33. My two favorite pillows are from Home Goods!

    Cat
    Class Meets Couture

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  34. I would love to shop at that store. I don't think they have one near us but I love everything they have.

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  35. Home Good is a dangerous store for me. I always walk out with way more than I intended to purchase. I just love everything in there!

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  36. I'm obsessed with Home Goods! I got all of our little nick nacks from there. These shopping hacks are awesome.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

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  37. I spend way too much at Home Goods on dishes and cooking ware. I can't help it!

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  38. I love Home Goods! There's a great selection, so many things I like!

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  39. Home Gooda is one of the best stores! I love shopping there!

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  40. This is such a clever post, I love home goods!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  41. FOR REAL...I was just in Home Goods two nights ago and it's a GEM. When you know how (and where!) to look for the goodies, you end up with a full cart and full home. It's brilliant!

    Coming Up Roses

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  42. I work as vendor and Homegoods by fa is my favorite client because of their indviduality http://sheismelrose.net/

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  43. I like Homegoods, I was just in there on Friday. They have such cute items but they aren't my drug of choice. Now my sister on the other hand is strung all the way out on Homegoods.

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  44. We are addicted to Home Goods store. Love your advice -- JUST BUY IT!

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  45. Ah, Home Good is where it's at! The only thing I dislike about stores like it is the fact that you can't just expect to go and find exactly what you're looking for, like you would at a Target for example. You're right, you have to go as often as possible to score a good deal!

    On an unrelated note, I realize I will sound like THE grammar Nazi, but as a graphic designer I can't help but notice that "stationary" is misspelled. It should be stationery!!! :))

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  46. Omg I love Home Goods!!!!! I wish I had one closer to me. Atleast we have a TJ Maxx here with a tiny home section

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  47. LOVE this post! We don't have a Home Goods, but I spend a crazy amount of time at TJ Maxx, and these are all so true.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

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