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Christmas shopping surprise

Monday 28 December 2009 - Filed under Stores

A couple people had mentioned a place called Home Goods to me recently, so while passing by when Christmas shopping out by the Portland Ikea, I stopped to check it out. At first I thought I made a mistake and was wasting my time. The front of the store was dominated by trinkets and decorative dishes that weren’t at all my style, but I decided to take a quick spin anyway as long as I was out there. I found if you’re willing to dig and overlook some goofy stuff, there are some good deals to be had, and I actually fell in love with a few of the things I found, bargain or not. Sorry for the low quality pictures, they’re all from my phone’s camera during some hurried last minute shopping.

I ended up finding the single hardest present to give up (the price shown wasn’t for the buddha, but stuff is very reasonably priced), this orange buddha head I gave my mom. I battled some serious urges to go out and find an alternative present for her so I could keep it for myself. That and a black and white damask fleece blanket were calling my name, but I managed to hand them over come Christmas morning.

I liked these mirrored boxes that they also had in black and orange. But they looked like a nightmare to dust.

dog beds
Sorry for the super blurriness, but you should know about the dog beds! They’re pretty good looking as far as dog beds go. For some reason dog beds are always crazy expensive, and they don’t last that long in my house, where they get well used. The beds at home goods started at $12.99 for the smaller ones. The filling wasn’t super dense and cottony like the ones I usually want (but never buy because three digits on a dog bed seems silly), but they also weren’t the cheap static-y polyfill of the types of inexpensive dog beds you see at Walgreens, so I’d look there next time I’m shopping for one.

Anything black and sequined is okay with me, including $8 throw pillows.

candlestick holders
I sort of liked the large red candlestick holders, they look like they’d be good for candlelit garden parties.

I also got my mom this box, which looked like a good container to wrangle the mail. That plus a mirrored tray from the Super Target that’s out in that same area. If you’re in the Portland area, have you been to the Super Target? It’s out in that stretch by ikea, and it’s huge, clean, well stocked, and-every time I’ve been there-pratically empty. It’s like heaven (as far as Target shopping goes anyway), although I don’t know how long it’ll last if it’s always so empty, but I like it that way.

2009-12-28  »  megan

Talkback x 9

  1. Karen
    28 December 2009 @ 10:12 am

    Looks like a fun place to shop for unusual but not too spendy stuff. You were a good daughter to hand over the orange Buddha, it must have been tempting to keep. Happy New Year, almost!

  2. Loree
    28 December 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    What great finds! And I am impressed with your strength to hand over the goods. Were there other orange accessories? Good to know about the doggie beds!

    I’ve been in that store a couple of times and while I was at first terrified I realized there are a few treasures to be found. Did you see the recycled tire rubber planters from Design Within Reach a year or so ago? They were outrageously expensive! I saw similar ones at Home Goods for under $20. I passed them up as I wasn’t sure about the look, it was hard to do when I knew it was such a bargain.

  3. nonlineargirl
    28 December 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    Were there more orange budda heads? I know a mutual friend of ours who probably needs one for her 40th birthday. I’d run out there this week if I thought I could get Ellen one of those!

  4. Janet
    29 December 2009 @ 5:42 am

    My best buddy who lives in NY just said something about Home Goods yesterday!! I had to Google it to see if we had one in southern Virginia…there are two…about an hour north and about an hour south. May have to check one out. Very cool stuff.

  5. megan
    29 December 2009 @ 6:56 am

    Karen – happy new year to you too!
    Loree – It’s hit or miss, but they have so much stuff, and there were a few orange accessories that might be worth a look. I did see the recycled tire planters on blogs a while back, so this place has some serious bargains.
    nonlineargirl – I wish! There wasn’t another one when I was there, but I was thinking I’d go back and look again. It would be a good one for Ellen.
    Janet – It could be worth a trip, although I’ll warn you it seems like the kind of place that might on some trips have nothing, and on other trips, have some gems, so keep that in mind if you embark on an hour long drive.

  6. Victoria
    29 December 2009 @ 7:37 am

    Nice shopping. Love that orange buddha. I’d have a hard time letting that go too.

  7. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    29 December 2009 @ 8:00 am

    There’s nothing like a generous daughter with exceedingly good taste.

  8. Jane
    29 December 2009 @ 11:53 am

    Yes, the orange buddha is lovely. Ceramic? Good for you if you got the last one!
    Places like that make me slightly nervous but stopping in while on a trip to Ikea makes sense for me too. And thanks for the Super-Target plug. I was worried about that one, also, size-wise, but you’ve calmed my nerves and galvanized my shopping genes…

  9. Debi
    18 January 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Can you please tell me where I can find the orange buddha head?