Monday, June 20, 2011

HomeGoods Shopping for a Bride-to-Be and a $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Edited on July 10, 2011 to add:

Thanks to all who entered this give away!  Blogher Sweepstakes Randomly chose contestant # 2, Melissa F, from the blog " A Beautiful World" as the winner of the $100 HomeGoods gift card!

I've always loved shopping in a HomeGoods store as their selection and prices can't be beat!  HomeGoods is opening new stores countrywide -- click here to see their store locator page and enter your zip code to see if one has opened near you.

I was very excited to hear that a couple HomeGoods stores opened recently in New York City! I was even happier when BlogHer, in conjunction with HomeGoods, offered to let me, and other selected bloggers, go on a shopping spree with a $100 gift card at the upper west side of Manhattan at 795 Columbus Ave!! We were able to invite up to ten other people who would be receiving $50 gift cards to shop to their hearts content.

We were greeted at the Manhattan store at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2011, by a BlogHer and HomeGoods Representatives and treated to a wonderful breakfast spread and the opportunity to shop for an hour and a half before the store opened at regular hours.

My mission was to shop for items for this happy couple -- my daughter Lisa and her fiance Joe! They will be getting married next spring and have a lot of "needs and wants" as a new couple. I knew they would find wonderfully useful items at HomeGoods, as you can see by the baking pan they immediately snapped up!

I was also very happy that "Buttercup," from the blog "Buttercup Counts Her Blessings" was also able to accept my invitation to shop with us!

As we walked around the store we all "oohed and aahed" over the brand name goods and the prices that were available in the bright and well stocked store! As the sign says, "Up to 60% off. Every day!"

I was amazed by the kitchen gadget selection. I love gadgets, and I know my daughter would probably need quite a few for her new kitchen.

The cookbook selection also caught my eye. What new bride wouldn't appreciate one or two?

On this shopping spree I also wanted to find some ideas for surprises for my daughter's wedding shower that will be held next year.  I saw so many wonderful gift items that I know she'll enjoy, and I know I will be making many more trips to this HomeGoods store over the year.

They liked this Lenox china cake topper...but might be a shower surprise!

The other bloggers invited by BlogHer were also having fun filling their carts with wonderful bargains!  HomeGoods has a blog and a facebook page so it is easy to keep up with their new offers and decorating ideas.

My husband was impressed with the gourmet pasta selections in the gourmet food section. A few of them went into our basket as a thank you for him coming along literally right off the plane from our birthday celebration trip to Colorado. That's right, we took the red eye flight home, yet managed to zip over to HomeGoods that very same morning!  Now you know how much I love shopping at HomeGoods!

Just look at their fabulous dinnerware and ceramics selection!  

There were aisles and aisles of quality dishes at unbelievable prices!

My daughter was concentrating on practical storage solutions for her new home.

As you can see from the escalators in the photo above, the Columbus Ave Manhattan HomeGoods has two floors of shopping opportunities!

Downstairs there was a fabulous array of framed art and decorative accessories.

There were  plenty of lamps and unique furniture pieces....

...and the cutest seasonal Forth of July decorations!

The goods specifically designated for outdoor summer entertaining and fun were dazzling!

The happy couple selected a rotating spice jar set. Joe, a former Navy man, is a wonderful cook!

We all had fun using our gift cards and filling up our shopping baskets! Buttercup selected an assortment of beautiful towels, appetizer spoon set and a gift item for a baby shower. My daughter filled her basket with kitchen and storage items.

We were all smiles checking out!

My husband carrying out the packages. He is such a good sport and he always has a smile on his face!

I purchased beautiful marble bathroom accessories, hangers, and a few other necessities and...

.... a few beautiful ceramic serving dishes that my daughter will enjoy using everyday!

HomeGoods -- it has something for everyone!

To see more of what HomeGoods offers, and special promotions check out their website at this link, their blog at this link and their facebook page at this link.

Now the exciting news for you!

I am giving away a $100 HomeGoods gift card courtesy of BlogHer, open from June 20-30th, 2011.  Just leave a comment on this post about what you would like to buy from HomeGoods when you shop in their stores!

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
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an 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.
Also, until June 30th, 2011, BlogHer is giving a chance to win one of ten $25 gift cards to HomeGoods on the BlogHer Prizes and Promotions Page that I know you'll want to enter, so you can have another chance at a  mini HomeGoods shopping spree!   Click here to enter! (Here are the official rules to enter)

Don't forget to leave a comment to tell me what you would like to buy at a HomeGoods store for a chance to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card from BlogHer!  Good Luck!

Thanks everyone who entered this contest -- I enjoyed reading your comments! The contest is now closed and I am waiting for Blogher's Client Services to notify me of the winner. Once I find out who the winner is I will be contacting you through your contact information in your comment.


Melissa F said...

I love HomeGoods! I would probably buy a pretty new set of dishes. Thanks!

Melissa F said...

I also posted about this on my blog.

Riet said...

Wow Pat.What a wonderful day you had looking at all the goodies and also buying some. Great store, I am sorry I don't live there.

Linda said... looked like you had so much fun! If I won I would buy a French Press for my hubby and something for my sons...they have a list!

Barbara said...

I would love some new items for the guest room!!! Pillow, lamps, mirror....whatever strikes my fancy! Thanks.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

My FAVORITE store! I'm in there at least once a week :) Every day brings new things, so I have no idea what I'd buy!

Libradac said...

What a great visit you had at the store opening! I always enjoy going through our Home Goods store, especially since it's attached directly to TJ MAXX. They always have an abundant selection of items to choose from. I would treat myself to some of their unique spices and teas as well as look for items for my son's bedroom.

Barbara F. said...

Oh Pat this was a real virtual shopping spree for me! Your daughter looks like she is glowing! Congratulations to both of them and to you too. I love all the items you chose. If I was there, I am sure a cute colorful rooster or hen would have nested in my cart, as well as some pretty green stemware (searching high and low for those) and some colorful flatware. I love perusing the gourmet food aisle, always on the lookout for a different spice blend or vinegar or flavored coffee. Great review, Pat, and it will be included in my next post and I'll be sure to let you know. xo,

Sue said...

Pat- thanks for the invite to come over and participate in your give-away! The nearest Home Goods in down in Cincinnati, so I don't get there very often. Since I'm in a gardening mode right now, I think I'd be looking for garden accessories. I've bought several things from them in the past- like iron grates and ornaments.
Your daughter and future son-in-law look very happy shopping for themselves! This particular store must be huge. The Cincy store isn't that big. I love to shop, period, so as long as I find something- I'm happy! Funny thing- every time the husband and I go down there, we run into one of our customers. She's always looking for inexpensive artwork and accessories. Guess she thinks ours are too expensive! LOL
I'll put you on my blog for two entries! Thanks, again.
hugs, Sue

lisa said...

thanks for the shopping spree! Joe and I had a great time :)

The Gathering Place said...

I love Homegoods, too. I just bought some bedding and a wall picture there, but I would love to add some fun pillows and a lamp! How fun to shop for a wedding!

Carol said...

Love HomeGoods, there are quite a few in my area, I would love to get more Polish pottery or some Le Creuset, but I am sure my daughter would love me to get her some things for her room!

Here is the link to my blog post about your giveaway!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love HomeGoods stores! Looks like y'all had a real treat!! blessings ~ tanna

pam said...

The lamps intrigued me. I still haven't taken the time to drive into the city to find the HomeGoods store....looking forward to it.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Pat, I don't know how I missed this post. Your family looks like they were enjoying the shopping spree. I would have to say who wouldn't enjoy a gift certificate for Home Goods. I love the store especially for linens and lamps!

Yvette said...

We are fortunate enough to have a Home Goods just a few minutes away. Recently my floor lamp gave up it's ghost and I've been meaning to head over to H.G. to pick up a new lamp. They have the most gorgeous lamps! But I also need some dessert bowls. With a hundred dollar gift card I should have enough to get both.

Thanks Pat (and HOME GOODS), for sponsoring this contest. :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

I have a HomeGoods 10 minutes from my home Pat and I'm always running in there. I've bought dishes, Le cruset, glasses, dish towels, pretty platters, candles, books pictures, lamps, seasonal items, bake ware, cookware,gadgets of all kinds, I could go on and on, I love the store!!

poppilinnstudios said...

Love Home Goods! I was there this morning. Got a Summer top. I always stop there, before I go to another store. Most times I don't have to go anywhere else. And, it's 3 minutes from my house!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

whooo Home goods and I have not been there in a while. What a great giveaway..thanks Pat for the chance.

Mandy and Justin said...

I'd love to buy some decor since I'm going to be getting married soon.

Barbara F. said...

Pat I blogged about the giveaway


Old Kitty said...

Aren't the lovely couple just lovely?!! Awwwww Pat! You have a most gorgeous daughter and soon to be handsome son-in-law!! How lovely!

I think this is such a great opportunity for anyone wanting great stuff for their home! Good luck to all of you entering the prize draw and giveaway!!

I love that the store made everyone feel so welcome and special! Take care

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my gosh, that is such a great-looking HomeGoods store! We have two nice stores in town and a really nice one in Illinois that I visit occasionally.

If I were lucky enough to win, I'm sure I'd buy some cookware or bakeware for myself and something for both of my daughter's kitchens too.

Your daughter and future son-in-law look like they had a great time!

I Tweeted about the giveaway here -!/

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I would probably buy some pretty dishrs. Thank!! I will post you on my blog.
XXOO Diane

Claudia said...

I don't even know if MN has a Home Goods store - but oh my - it looks like fun. Love the photo of your husband sweetly and happily carrying all those bags. And my eyes darted to the cookbooks and ceramics. Best of luck with the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I love going to Homegoods! I always buy more than I should when I go! The next time I go I will probably buy a nice painting for my living room or some new plates for my kitchen.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Claudia, check out the HomeGoods store locator link in this post's first paragraph ...a HomeGoodsstore may be very near where you live!

steviewren said...

I know your daughter and her fiance, as well as you too, had a good time picking out things for their home together.

Whenever I visit one of their stores, I look at everything. The lamps are my favorites, because they usually have a decorator look, but the prices are SOOOO much better.

Sara said...

Oh, I know what I would buy - I need a new mixer so that would be it.

I've never shopped, I'd love to win...

Kathleen said...

What fun! Good luck to your dd! I bet they had fun,
And how nice to meet Buttercup!
I'd buy dishes!

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, First, thank you for the sweetest comment about my post today. You gave me a big smile today. You are right about loving to go places with my hubs. He is always up for some fun. I love that about him.

The HomeGoods store is fabulous. Your daughter is just darling and she looks so happy with her groom-to-be. I know you are loving all the fun of your darling daughter getting married. I love that Joe is right in the middle of all the fun. Most guys do not care about such things. He loves to cook??? He is a keeper. Big smile here.

What would I buy at that awesome store? Hmmmmm. I loved the variety of lovely dishes for sale. I have a weakness for dishes. I would be thinking "tablescape" and a pretty table set for all the company we have.

Your photos really got my interest. I have only been in one of these stores once and we were rushed. I have been thinking of going back ever since. I am really impressed how the store went all out to make your shopping experience happy and exciting.That kind of attention would have me coming back as a regular customer. Please include me in the drawing.

I will post about this asap.
XO, Jeanne

Mary said...

Hi Pat, your daughter and her fiancé are so cute! HomeGoods is such a great resource for anyone just starting out in a new home. I have way too many dishes already, but I couldn't help but notice my Portmerion Botanic Garden dishes in one of your photos. I'd love to get a few more. :)

Sea Witch said...

What a great post and fantastic giveaway. Your daughter and future husband are a delightful couple...but then so are you and your honey. Got to go with the pastas and the baking dishes. I would head straight for the gourmet can never have enough unique pastas. I would also see what I could find for my raviolis (grandchildren)...they always need a little something from grandma-ma. Count me in or better yet, PICK ME PICK ME.

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

I love Home Goods and am so excited that it is expanding across the country! What a great giveaway Pat! I would so love to purchase dishes and/or bakeware from the Portmeirion Botanical design! Thanks for this delightful opportunity!

Mimi said...

I don't have a HomesGoods in my area, but there is one located very near my daughter's college campus and I would love to buy her some kitchen things for her first appartment.

>cats said...

Oh, wow! I am looking for kitchen gadgets to replace all the ones I had to leave behind when I moved to Tampa last year. I am sure HomeGoods has every gadget I need to replace! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

Lesley Mitchell said...

I love HomeGoods and I'm in dire need of some new dishes!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

That is the most amazing Home Goods store I've ever seen! Yikes . . .

Anonymous said...

I love HomeGoods and was waititng for it to come to NYC! Happy shopping :)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

We don't have a Home Goods...but I would love to visit one.

Congratulations to your daughter and her future husband! She is very pretty and looks alot like you!

Lorrie said...

What a great shopping spree Pat! I love HomeGoods. I would shop for new kitchenware for me and my daughters. Keeping my fingers crossed :)

Linda Lou said...

Hi Pat, i am lucky to have a Home Goods in my own little town, and it is my go to place for gifts...I can get the most beautiful things for sometimes only $20.00, I also love their pillows, ceramic bakeware and art! I would be happy to just to be in Home Goods browsing!

Susie Q said...

Home Goods is wonderful! Our closest one is near Concinnati and I keep praying they will move into our area! Hint Hint Home Goods!
You all had such fun shopping didn't you? Sch an exciting time for your daughter, for you, for ALL of you!

Donna said...

Hi Pat,
HomeGoods is such a fantastic store. I wish we had one close by! I would love some new bedding or maybe some dishes.


Kat said...

Hot dog! There's one in Austin. I could use a new lamp or two, but those ceramic serving dishes caught my eye - love the colors and shapes. Count me in! Thanks for the chance at such a generous prize! Kat

Maria M. Boyer said...

Pat, I've hesitated to leave a comment because I don't even think we have a HomeGoods close to us. But what the heck! If I win, I'll find one to visit. If I'm lucky, it'll be beside a Trader Joe's and it will be a double treat. :) You know I love your blog! xo

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat - My daughter used to work for an ad agency that had Home Goods as a client. I always love finding things here, especially plates and things that I use for photos on the blog.

Cindy said...

Hi Pat,
What a fabulous chance! It looks like you and your family had a lot of fun shopping at HomeGoods!
I would love to win this gift card and I know one thing that I want are place-mats, I have seen one style in particular that I would love to have.
I would also love a lamp!
Hugs, Cindy

Vee said...

Love Homegoods stores and am blessed to have one just forty miles away. When I visit the store, I usually leave with linens and kitchen gadgets. Sometimes with garden items. I love it all.

Your daughter and future son-in-law make a cute couple. It appears that they enjoyed the shopping spree. Though I do believe Vinny enjoyed it more than anyone! :D

miss_moneymaker said...

I'd like to buy a comforter and sheets.
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Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love HomeGoods! We have a small one here in Colorado, it is connected with a TJ Maxx. It looks like your new store is HUGE! How fun!


Jenny said...

What a fun thing for you to get to do! I love this little shopping spree. And how neat to get to meet other bloggers, too!

Gosh...I've been there and drooled over every thing, so...hmmm....what would I pick?

Dishes? Linens?


Definitely dishes.


Or maybe...linens.


Love seeing pictures of the beautiful couple, too! They look so happy!

Gale Yawn said...

Oh such lovely pictures! I really need a new coffee maker, which I'd buy if I win and then some lovely new serving pieces.

susan1215 said...

I'd get some lamps for our bedrooms

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LAMusing said...

LOVE Home Goods! I would get some new high thread count sheets and a desk lamp!

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Norma said...

I'd like a front door mat, a sauce pot and something for the patio!

Esme said...

We are just moving into a new home-I could spend $100 in one visit-new welcome rugs, mats, and I have not even started decorating.

thank you

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Esme said...

cococroissants Esme
…… GC to Home Goods. I would also get accessories for the bathrooms.

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Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

I love Home Goods! I would get a new tablecloth and placemats!

Your family is full of good sports! Great of them to join you! and again, congrats to the soon-to-be newlyweds.

ruthierosie said...


ruthierosie said...

I would buy some unique lamps. I love home goods!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win and get some decorations for our kitchen, we're redecorating it right now, thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I tweeted the giveaway:!/roomofmyown/status/85161636045914112

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RNSANE said...

Oh, my goodness, Pat, it's hard to decide what I'd buy if I won the gift card. The store has so many wonderful things. I could easily buy a few new kitchen gadgets but I could really use a large white platter. I bought new everyday dishes and the one small platter that came with the set just isn't enough!

Great review of the store!

RNSANE said...

I posted on twitter:

RNSANECarmen Henesy

Check out for a chance to win $100 gift card to Home Goods - ends June 30th!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh my gosh you had me when I spied the Port Meirion dishes display. My mouth dropped open. Too bad there is no homegoods stores here. V

Jann Olson said...

Fun, fun, fun for everyone! Home Goods is my all time favorite place to shop. I have a dish fettish and most of them I have bought at Home Goods. I've also purchased pillows, rugs, and bedding. Oh, and clothing also. Let's not forget, decor items such as glass jars, birdhouses. You name it, I've probably bought it. Hee-hee.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Good grief...where have I been?? I've never even heard of this store, but then, I do work in my studio from dawn to dusk and I don't get out much.

I will LOVE to visit there when I am in New York City this fall. I am a sucker for linens and kitchen goodies. You've certainly got me intrigued. Fun Pat!

Sending a hug from California.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Chip said...

We are just finishing up our master bath and I would love to buy some new accessories for it.

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angie lilly said...

I love me some HomeGoods! WONDERFUL place to feed my soy candle addiction at at least 1/2 the price! They also have a GREAT selection of eco-friendly/green stuffs that I love to rummage thru!
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angie lilly said...

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mrs. c said...

HomeGoods always has those unusual things that no one else carries. I love their Christmas ornaments, their speciality foods, but my favorite are all those cooking gadgets and cookware. I got a terrific cast iron dutch oven for a very reasonable price. I watched until it was marked down and even got one for my best friend's birthday present. It is a wonderful place to shop, and I even blogged about it last summer!

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I did what you suggested and did a store search...and there is a brand new HomeGoods 20 miles from my house! I did what any woman in her right mind would do: I went, I saw, I spent money!! It was like Christmas morning when I walked in there.

I would use the 100 dollars to pay for part of what I'm going to buy....which is EVERYTHING!!!

Beverly said...

Thank you for this exciting opportunity to win. I love Home Goods, and I always find something I "need" to have. I love everything they have.

This was such an exciting shopping spree, Pat. I enjoyed browsing and shopping with all of you.

And, I'm so glad I didn't miss the deadline. I made it by the skin of my teeth.

kolpin said...

i’d love to get some sheets, towels

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