Decorators say that you should redecorate every seven years. For those of us who live on a budget, this can be unrealistic. And if you do splurge and spend $3k on a couch, it better see you through the good times and the bad, ’till the end of time. But still, five years later, you must admit it would be nice to update your look, if only because you’re tired of looking at it. That doesn’t mean you have to get a new couch, but how about some new accents? A new console table? New lamp shades? Leave the big stuff and replace the more affordable items, by doing one of two things. Shopping at Homegoods, where the merchandise is quality merchandise (much of it, not all of it), but is past season or overstock, OR, shop online for the best prices.
Sure, there’s always Target, or even Walmart, and that’s fine for an apartment, but when it comes to your home, you want your stuff to last, and you do not want it to look cheap. Target’s great for a trendy pair of shoes, but not the staples in your home.
Here are a few tips for shopping at Homegoods:
- Check for damage. Often, there is scratching or chipping, which is they the item ended up there in the first place. Assess whether it’s fixable, or hideable. Also, ask for an extra discount. They’ll give you another ten percent if it’s not already on clearance.
- Check closely for quality. I was looking for a bar cart for my dining room and was trying to find a deal. Those run you $350 and up from places like Home Decorator’s or Ballards. I found one for $150 at Homegoods. Great deal, right? Wrong. When I looked closely, there were obviously flaws in the manufacturing. It was rickety and lightweight, and upon inspection, I realized that this thing isn’t worth $50. It was also around the holiday season, when prices were definitely marked up.
- Ask them to check other stores for a particular product. You are looking for three barstools, but they only have two. Most stores have similar merchandise, so ask them to find you another one. It’d be worth it for the good price.
- Don’t waste money on knick knacks. Homegoods has shelves full of knick knacks, or chatskis. They’re cheap and it’s easy to get into a frenzy and grab everything, but reconsider. Is this what you came in here for? Is your house going to end up looking like a museum? Avoid.
- Buy it and try it. They have a great return policy if it doesn’t work.
Shopping online can be a great alternative. Lots of online furniture stores have popped up, with great prices. You’re taking a risk at having to face expensive return shipping costs and the general hassle of having to return. Pay attention to measurements and read reviews if available. Remember that colors can be slightly off in pictures, so if color is a going to be an issue, skip it. Here are some stores we like and recommend for great selections and prices.
- Joss and Main–this is a sample sale site, which means that items are only available for a limited time. It may not be the best way
to shop for furniture, unless you know exactly what you want. They have high end items at good prices, but still may be pricey for some.
- Hayneedle–literally everything you can possibly need or want is at Hayneedle. Hence the name. They have a huge selection at every price point. Worth a look. Bonus: We have Hayneedle promo code, and
Hayneedle coupon codes right now here. Plus, they’re having a sale right now (no Hayneedle coupon needed, but we have a bunch of codes).
- Wayfair.com is an exclusively online contemporary furniture retailer. Great selection and good prices. Get up to 70% off right now, actually.