Window Shopping with Perfectly Port: Let's Go to Home Goods.

It's Black Friday - America's Day to Shop!  So of course I had to join in on the fun too!

Guess what time it is? 

And the crowd goes wild...or me, I am going wild because I love to bring you these posts.  

I love, love, love to window shop because the budget is slim for actual purchases.  I love Home Goods because you can find things you might find in magazines like Crate & Barrel, West Elm and Pottery Barn for a fraction of the price.  Sometimes the EXACT items might be there...don't ask my mom about the nutcracker she purchased in Germany and lo and behold, he was for sale at HomeGoods, it's still a touchy subject ;).  

So let's start with home goods for the adults...

Look at this cute little bowl (it's little, think a nice spot to hold your keys).  $5.99 cute would this be wrapped up in cellophane with a gift card for your child's teacher come Christmas?

I take my coffee french press style.  You simply pour the grounds in the bottom, pour boiling water over top and let stew for a few minutes and then press the lid down and pour.  I will never, ever go back to drip because it's that good.  I spied a copper one in Crate & Barrel last month for about $50, they were all $12.99-14.99 here (I might have wished I bought one since mine is chipped).

I did buy coffee at HomeGoods.  They sell all sorts of delicious random food.  I have a soft spot for all things pumpkin and this bag was $4.99 so it hopped in my cart and it's already gone.  It was deliciously pumpkin :).

Stainless steel water bottles are all the rage and if you aren't fixed on brand (say Swell!), HomeGoods has an awesome selection...I am eyeing this gold one for $9.99.  Gold is so in right now, it would make me want to drink more water, maybe.  How cute to make a monogram on a silhouette and affix to it - a little darling, personalized gift for a teacher, friend or co-worker!

These are small tongs and I have some friends who have these and use them to serve at different parties I have been too...I have wanted to buy these forever.  They were 2/$4.99.  They had them in assorted colors.  They would be a cute hostess gift.  They had an entire wall of kitchen gadgets.

These baskets.  I wanted all 3.  They would be darling in a playroom or family room - blankets, stuffed animals, toys, name it, baskets can store it!  The big one was BIG and the price tag was a little hefty at $49.99, the medium was $24.99 and the small was less than that.  They all nested inside one another too in case you are worried they won't fit in your car!

Run to Home Goods if you like bistro chairs, they had a bunch for $79.99 which is a steal so on that thought they might be gone but this is a good reminder that they have in style items all the time so it might be worth a check before paying WAY more some place else!

Ok now since we are to the Christmas buying season, I stopped by the kid section...

My mom has these for her hot tub and my kids LOVE them.  The brand is Green Toys and they have a good selection of them, the Seacopter was $12.99.  They have tractors and trucks, lots of vehicles!

The tug boat would be a great addition to the hot tub toys my mom has, it was just $7.99!  A darling tub or pool toy for a little person on your list!  Vera loves Calico Critters, it's like going back in time for me.  I loved this stuff when I was a kid too.  We found the little critters van for $29.99 and a family set of critters for $9.99.  

My girls have the Melissa and Doug wash and dry set and play with it all the time.  You know I love Melissa and Doug, generally their quality is top-notch.  This set was just $9.99.  

While we are on the Melissa and Doug train, let me show you these items, Vera picked out for her very own wish list (sigh I wish I could have hid them from her, because sometimes if you don't buy it when you see it, it won't be there later...just a friendly tip).

Fashion Design Activity Kit $10.99

Sticker books for $6.99 a piece...we got the one on the left as part of a friend's birthday gift!

Who doesn't love getting and giving mail.  This little set was $14.99.

My kids love their marble works that my mom gave them from when I was a kid!  Lucy has a baby version similar to the one pictured above and all the kids love to play it with her.  You can reconfigure it just like the more grown-up marble works version.  It was $19.99.  Perfect gift for a one or two year old.

Okay so now to finish with us again...because I found more, always more!

This chair...I am sure it's gone but it was SO cute.  Navy on top and a hint of gold in the legs and it was a steal at $35 on clearance.  I am dreaming of the lovely home it's now sitting in, it needed a lovely home :)!

...and can we just talk about this desk chair for $149.  Gold detail and navy!  Too bad I already have a desk chair, this one had me swooning!  They had a bunch in a variety of fabrics!

This basket - thick, chunky, braided beauty at $19.99.  Always check Home Goods for your basket needs first, their prices are hard to beat and they generally have a great selection in a variety of sizes and shapes.

I love these bathmats.  We have one in our bathroom and my feet feel happy and cozy while getting ready in the morning.  They dry well and don't slip!  This one was on the smaller side at $9.99.  Home Goods is full of towels and bedding.  I have gotten bed skirts and mattress covers there, usually much chapter than Target even.

I am a sucker for lanterns and have been digging the new distressed, grey wood look.  This was a rectangular shape and came in 2 sizes.  You could fill with gourds, a remote LED candle, berries, or ornaments.  It could sit on your porch, your table or shelf...and the big one was $29.99.

I almost bought these...$12.99 and $16.99.

I fell in love with battery operated candles a couple of years ago and now they come with timers and flickering wicks.  You never have to worry about blowing them out and they let off a beautiful glow.  These would be perfect for outdoor lanterns for Christmas.

Okay we are getting close to the check out but look at these throws - plaid is IN.  From clothes to home decor, they had a whole aisle of beautiful cozy throws for fall and winter cuddling sessions.

Vera was busy feeling the fur pillows...Lucy was working out her escape plan.

One last stop, the wrapping paper aisle.  This paper isn't just for packages, if you are looking for some art, just cut some and frame it.   We picked up some gold polka dot (because I have polka dot issues) and some rainbow paper per Vera's request for kid wrapping!  It's generally around $2.99 a roll.  My friend just picked up the cutest red and black buffalo check for Christmas.

We found these darling boxes for $3.99 a piece as we were rolling to the check out.  How cute for decor or gift giving?  These were the smallest but they had medium and big ones too in several cute patterns!

...and we made it to check out.  

(Some guy had just called Lucy a little boy, you can see she was not pleased...someday she will keep a bow in and grow hair.) 

All we left with was 2 rolls of wrapping paper, pumpkin coffee and a Melissa and Doug art set for Vera's friend's birthday BUT we had a lot of fun looking around.  I am still kicking myself for not buying the darling copper french press...

They have so much I didn't even feature, if you haven't been, you should go.  It's a sister company to TJ Maxx, which I have already featured in this post.  Many of my tips I have for TJ Maxx apply to Home Goods - buy it, if you like it (because it might not be there the next time) and shop often, the inventory is always changing.  

As an aside, people always ask me when I shop?!  

Well on this particular night my oldest was at swim club so we had an hour to wait until he was done and this store just happens to be around the corner.  I may bribe my children with snacks while I shop and there is always lots of "I want that" but I take a picture and add it to the wish list for a holiday gift!  I also end up holding Lucy because inevitably I get the cart with a broken buckle ;)!  It's my reality and life right now and I would rather go than not - if there is a will, there's a way!  I also go when my husband's home occasionally on the weekends but normally I go during the week with at least one "helpful" assistant!

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What have you found at Home Goods? Pillows? Rugs? Furniture?  Share with me in the comments!

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