I’ve only been waiting for like, ever, for a HomeGoods to open nearby and now that it’s finally happening, I’m not as excited as I thought I would be. I know — it’s shocking!
You see, I am really, really, really trying to be mindful with my purchases, especially for my home.
It might not seem that way when I post on social media my yard sale and flea market adventures, but I promise — I’m really not on massive buying sprees when I’m out and about; it’s more about treasure hunting and finding things that serve a purpose or bring me happiness.
But getting back to HomeGoods — I love HomeGoods and will most definitely be trolling its aisles frequently, but I will not be filling my cart season to season with its wares to fill shelves or walls. I can’t afford it nor do I want my home to be that impersonal. I find much beauty in the old and the worn. You know? Like this quote from the Velveteen Rabbit:
I love vintage pieces, old pieces, junk to some, but treasures to me because they’ve been loved.
Now, one section that will be really hard for me to pass is the pillows — HomeGoods has the BEST throw pillows and nothing refreshes a room better than new pillows. (That’s why I have a closet full — small steps. Really. I am getting better).
Here’s what I will be buying at HomeGoods, guilt-free, in no particular order:
- Baskets. I love vintage baskets best, but HomeGoods has such a great variety and since I use baskets for everything, I can always find the size I need for a great price.
- Towels. Kitchen and bath. If I need any kind of towel, this is my go-to shop. Again, great selection, great prices!
- Paper goods. Napkins, paper plates, disposable party supplies. I love pretty paper plates and the ones at Walmart just aren’t that cute. Ever.
- Lamps. I didn’t even know how expensive lamps could be because I normally buy mine from T.J. Maxx or Target, but when I googled a pair I spied on Instagram, my head hurt. Yikes. No need to shop anywhere but Home Goods (or its sister stores) for lamps. I do love vintage lighting but sometimes vintage lights are more expensive and more labor intensive than most of us can handle.
- Candles. I love candles and I never pay more than $8 per candle when I buy them from T.J. Maxx or HomeGoods.
- Throws. I love all of the blankets and I buy a new one every fall to cozy up the joint. Again, great selection, great prices (did you notice a theme here?) I never spend more than $20 for a throw and each chilly winter night when I’m curled up on my couch, I am so thankful for its warmth.
- Kitchen accessories. Wood utensils, cutting boards, café au lait bowls, glassware. All favorites of mine to shop for and give as gifts.
(weird, I know, ending at 7, but that’s for my friend Greta, plus that’s about all I shop for there)
So, Home Goods, I still really, really, really love you, and I’m so excited that you will be nearby. (My friend Mindi is also happy because whenever I visit her in NJ, I make her take me!)
But, I will be a careful shopper. I will stick to my list and my budget…
…unless you’re a super cute pillow with tassels. Then, I might just have to succumb. I mean, a girl can only be so strong, am I right? Tassels!!
ps. If you do go to HomeGoods when it opens in Scranton this weekend, could you share a picture with me of your fabulous finds? Just to see what I’m missing…:)
pss. But nothing too amazing or I might be really jealous.