Like every other basic bitch in the world, I adore HomeGoods. Every time I pass, it pains me not to stop in and look around. They simply have the cutest and best of everything, from pet stuff to pillows and chairs… and it’s all relatively cheap.
I have purchased most of my abode’s decor finds from there, and I keep going back for the selection. I’m not waiting around for the season’s collection to clear out if I don’t like something, as inventory shifts pretty much weekly. Here are the best things to buy at HomeGoods, instantblonde style:
- Throw & Decorative Pillows: Oh.My.God. The selection always rotates, but you can always guarantee finding cute ones. I usually see a lot of fabrics, from velvet to cotton, and they’re all organized by color and size. I’ve never seen a pillow there priced over $25, and they often come in bundles of 2. The only issue can sometimes be finding more than 1 or 2, so don’t be afraid to ask or have them call another store.
- Gifts & Cute Gift Wrap: Need something for your mom? Your boss? Your (
imaginary) boyfriend’s parents? This is the destination. I have found many a last minute bday or hostess gift here, and they don’t disappoint. Think cute note pads and pens, soap sets, jewelry boxes, bar accessories, journals, ring dishes, candies, etc. Also, you can get the whole gift done here- I always find cute gift bags, wrapping paper (which you can frame or put in as drawer liners, too!), bows, and labels here.
- Throw Blankets/Baby Blankets: Not only do I have several for myself, but I have also given them as gifts or given them to people that have just had babies or are sick. A soft yet inexpensive blanket + a monogram = a great gift. I also find myself draping them over the ends of my bed or the back of a chair/couch, and this is a good spot for those.
- Any Organizational Items: Boxes, drawer organizers, jewelry racks, shoe hangers, baskets, you name it, it’s here. Don’t waste money online for anything acrylic or velvet-lined, either. I can guarantee they have some at HomeGoods, the holy grail for de-cluttering spaces. Also: makeup lovers, I see a ton of acrylic lipstick organizers come through.
- Seasonal Decorations: Halloween and Christmas at HomeGoods is a gift from God. They have adorable stuff, and it’s nice to know it’s not the same lights/signs/garlands/wreaths/lanterns/whatever you’re into from Target or the supermarket. Find it after the holiday and it’ll be super cheap.
- Fun Plates & Accent Dishware: If you entertain a lot, or like to set a nice table like I do, this is a great place to visit. I’ve found everything from chinoiserie items to gold chargers to themed party plates here, and it’s all inexpensive. If you’re off to college, I would stock up on a few plastic plates, cups and mugs. My mother also hung plates around the house as art, and if you’re into that, I’ve found some contenders here too.
- Sheets: While I am not an insane ‘sheet snob’ that can tell 300 count from 400 count with a swipe of my finger, I do enjoy nice sheets. But, I am hard on them, between stains, washing, and general wear and tear. I often find beautiful Egyptian cotton sets at HomeGoods, and for around $30-$40. I was raised to change sheet sets by season, and I found a perfect coral starfish pattern for $27 there this summer. This is also a good spot for flannel or fleece sheets.
- Mirrors: I didn’t realize how expensive mirrors were till I actually looked. I’ll be damned if I’m paying that much for glass, and I find a lot of mirrors of a good size at HomeGoods for under $100. I like a lot of vintage mirrors, but find they often have stains/marks and weren’t taken care of. Just make sure the HG ones are well made and sturdy before buying.
- Frames: If you’re making a gallery wall like every other human being on the planet, look here. I always see cute frames priced anywhere from $3.99 and up.
- Random Shit You Never Knew You Needed: This is HomeGoods’ specialty, and will cause the one time you went in for salt shakers and came out with $250 worth of items.
Damn you, HomeGoods.
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