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29 November 2010 18,040 views 322 Comments

by heather

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and HomeGoods.

I have heard a lot about HomeGoods from various craft and decor bloggers around the internet, and last week I got to visit HomeGoods for the first time ever. If you're not familiar, HomeGoods is a home decor store that contains all kinds of items for the home at 20-60% off retail and department store prices. The store is totally packed full of every kind of decor item. I found some fun things!

As a mom of three small boys, I rarely get to shop for fun, and almost NEVER without my kids. As luck would have it, my husband got a day off because of bad weather, so I took the opportunity to go shop sans kiddos. Luxury! Toddler mamas know what I'm talking about!

I know you like the shopping videos, so I made one for my HomeGoods trip. If you don't like watching videos, read on, because I'm going to tell you all about what I found.

HomeGoods wanted me to shop for a gift for someone on my holiday list (but they said it was okay if I chose myself). I had a few fuzzy ideas of what I needed/wanted before I went in. One, I have a bedroom that doesn't have a lamp. Two, it's getting cold outside and I want to drink copious amounts of hot liquid, and I don't have a teapot. Three, my brother is getting married this weekend, so I was on the lookout for a must-have item for he and my new sister-in-law.  Four, I wanted to see what kinds of Christmas goodies I could find.

First stop was the Christmas department. I found lots of pretty sparkly Christmas trees. I took a picture of these because I know you guys will have great ideas for DIYing them!


This jingle bell wreath is cute!

More jingle bells. The notable thing about these is that they are musical symbols, which I thought was a cool idea for a twist on a traditional wreath.

I seriously thought about picking up one of these Wedgwood Christmas ornaments, but like I mentioned, I have three little boys who aren't gentle on the ornaments. ("This is why we can't have nice things!")

Okay, this is more like it! Twelve disco ball ornaments for half the price of a single Wedgwood ornament. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the disco balls! (I ended up getting these guys - price $5.99, or about 50 cents apiece)

I felt kind of guilty that my three sons didn't even make my Christmas list for this shopping trip, so I checked out the toy aisles. There were some very nice offerings, including wooden Melissa and Doug puzzles and toys. My boys would love this tool puzzle!

My older boys would also LOVE this 1:16 Logging Truck. They are huge tractor and truck fans, and know just about EVERY tractor by name. Logging trucks are rarely found in the toy world, so I was awfully tempted to stray from my starting list and get this guy.

I kept to the list and pushed on to check out the teapot selection.

The first teapot I came across was this jaunty little number. Price: $9.99 (almost all the teapots were about that price). It came with a wire basket insert for loose tea leaves.

Teapot candidate #2: square and scrolly.

Teapot #3: I'm a little teapot short and stout!

Teapot #4: Beaded scallops

Teapot #5: This one reminds me of the teapot lady from Beauty and the Beast.

Which teapot would you choose? I went with #5 for just $9.99. As soon as I got home from shopping, I washed her and made a pot of Earl Grey! (Apologies to my British readers -- I hear you don't like Earl Grey much!)

While I was in this section, I snapped some quick pictures of these super cute cake plates. I love the ribbon running through them! Did you notice that my teapot has little eyelets in it so I can add my own ribbon? We totally need to keep this technique in mind for our dollar store crafting!

Another cute ceramic and ribbon cake plate. I think these were between $10 and $12 (but I can't remember, and I forgot to take a photo of the price tag).

And, one last plate. This one has a red polka-dotted ribbon. So cute!

Here's a trendy throw pillow I know a lot of you would like! This is such a popular motif around craft blogland right now!

Shabby chic birdcages are another popular item in blogland.

I was tempted by this series of miniature chair bookends! So cute!

I combed the wall art section twice and found a lot of nice pieces (some of the art is VERY similar to what is being sold in everyone's favorite designer catalogs right now).

This tiffany blue and white quilt was a front-runner for me. I really love it! It was $29.99, and I ALMOST brought it home, but I have a real need for a lamp, and not an immediate need for an awesome quilt.

So, check out the lamps I liked:

I was digging the rectangular lamps with rectangular shades. This metallic brown lamp is odd, unique, and definitely a piece with wow-factor (that's what they always talk about in home decor shows!) I really like it, but it wasn't exactly what I had in mind for the guest bedroom. Now that I'm looking at the picture, I kind of want to go back and get it anyway! (For those interested in price, I think it was $24.99)

This rectangular lamp is even bigger and bolder than the brown one, but getting farther away from what I had in mind. (Price: $29.99)

And then I saw this one! Off-white textured ceramic base and pleated teal organza shade. Sold and sold for $29.99. I brought this one home with me and it's now happily lighting the nightstand in the bedroom.

So now that you've seen what I found at HomeGoods, it's your turn!! HomeGoods is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky commenter! What would you buy with your gift card?

The Rules:

Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a)      Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
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d)      Read the official rules for alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

You can also enter to win a $100 HomeGoods shopping spree (or one of 20 gift cards for $25) over at the Blogher round-up page!

For more info and to find nearest location, check HomeGoods.com

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322 Comments »

  • Lindsay said:

    I would love to redo my bathroom with some cute new accessories and towels.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Ruth Hill said:

    So much to choose from. I would get some more decor for our living room!

  • coneeb said:

    Oh I would love to win this. I’m on a tight budget and really need so many things. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!!

  • Lorna H. said:

    My favorite store to spend in. I got the cutest Christmas snowman banner there last weekend. It was one of a kind. When my best friend saw it she drooled. I would love to be able to get her one, maybe at another Home Goods store, with my winnings.

  • Carole R said:

    I would love to have any one of the cute teapots. I have been buying teas at Stash Teas (www.stashtea.com) and a new tea pot would be very nice.

  • Amber said:

    Those cake plates with the ribbons are to die for, and I collect teapots…Oh My!

  • Amanda in GA said:

    I would love to get a cute teapot :)

  • Jeanine said:

    I’d loooove to be able to buy these Moroccan candle lamps I just saw at HomeGoods but couldn’t afford to buy!!! I love this store, great place to help me withy Moroccan styled condo. Hope I win :0)

  • Marilyn S said:

    Really feeling the New Year’s urge to refresh my home dec! I have to travel an hour to get to Home Goods but it’s worth it!

  • Jo Anne Yada said:

    One of those birdcages would be rad in my room!

  • barbara hopkins said:

    i would love to win. what i would buy is goods to redo my grandson’s room….my dgtr. and son-in-law live with me,to help me due to being disabled… we added on a small room for him,but haven’t had time or the money to decorate..he’s a VERY BIG SPONGEBOB FAN,i guess at 2yrs. old who wouldn’t be…
    thanks for the chance to win..
    barbara

  • Sharon said:

    I had never heard of HomeGoods before reading this, and now intensely want to find one to browse in! My taste, my prices and looks like so much fun to shop in! There’s a hook in my living room ceiling ust hankerin’ for one of those birdcages!

  • Mandi said:

    My mom loves HomeGoods! I’d love to win this and give it to her. :)

  • Brandy said:

    My girlfriend introduced me to HomeGoods last year. I am a believer!

  • Sarah L said:

    You got some great stuff with your $50. I hope I can get some with mine. Thanks for the contest.

  • DeeDee said:

    Wow, with so many great things at Home Goods it would be tough to decide! Maybe some new bedding for the new year to give my bedroom a fresh look. Throw in some pillows too! Thanks!

  • VIE said:

    I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYTHING ON HOME GOODS STORE?? I found one site and it woudl not let me in unless I put in my cell phone number, I do not use a cell phone. So I went looking for Home Good store in Texas and could not find anything. So If I won the give a way I would go in search of the mystery store.

  • Cris G said:

    I bought the quilt in yellow! and the pillow shams. Love it, love it, love it!

  • gvwys said:

    I would love to buy some decor for my home

  • Heather H. said:

    I would purchase some mats for my kitchen and some outdoor mats for my house!
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  • Heather H. said:

    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/HendyMartin/status/20011177673236480
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  • Sheila Hickmon said:

    I would get my mom some photo albums!