Why I Don't Go Shopping

You might have seen me mention it on Instagram over the weekend, but a very wonderful thing happened to me. A wonderful thing for me, potentially a very bad thing for Jared. Let me start by saying that I'm not a big shopper. When I go out to a store, I am on a specific mission. Perhaps my black flats finally fell apart and it's time to replace them. I set out in search of replacement shoes, find the shoes, purchase, leave the store. Or maybe I'm shopping for a gift for someone else. Nine times out of ten I shop online for that gift but if I go looking for a gift in person, I am pretty confident I already know exactly what I'm buying.

There were days long ago that I wasn't like this. Days where I loved a good session at the mall. In fact, I once wrote a paper in 4th grade about how the mall was my favorite place to go. I kid you not, that paper existed and it was multiple pages long about each of my favorite stores and which flavor of Dippin' Dots I usually purchase. But those were the days where I didn't have bills, I did have an allowance and my favorite shirts at American Eagle were probably like, $8.99 at the time.

But let's get back to why this weekend was so monumental. You see, I stumbled upon the Home Goods store that opened up in our area over the summer. I hadn't been out that way in awhile and I mentioned to Jared that I'd been meaning to check it out. Bless his heart he told me to go for it while he and T held down the fort so off I went!

And you guys... I FELL IN LOVE. Fell in love right then and there with that store. I had been in the store maybe 5 minutes before I texted Jared that I was ready to redecorate our whole house. I now understand the obsession. So many cute things at good prices... holy cow I was in trouble. My cart was filled up in no time at all. Of course, me still being the non-shopper shopper I'd add a few things to the cart, put a few back; add something else into the mix, decide to let one thing go. It was a very back and forth trip- thank goodness for the "back" because otherwise I might have drained our bank account.

I am now convinced that Home Goods has magical powers. I saw things like this giant acorn and suddenly I was racking my brain for where I could put it in our tiny tri-level. I grabbed every notebook that I remotely liked and had them in my cart before I let myself think of how many I already had at home. 

And don't get me started on the holiday stuff floating around... Of course I needed every Halloween candy dish, every Thanksgiving-related wooden sign and I'll for sure be back soon for the Christmas penguin salt and pepper shakers that will never be used. Sidenote- does anyone else think their shopping carts need to be larger or is that just me... ?

My friends... this is why I don't go shopping.

29 comments

  1. Ah I love Home Goods! We have one less than a mile away. It's way too easy for me to just pop in every now and then to just "look around" :)

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  2. Your line about knowing what you need to shop for and going to get just that is so me! I actually need new black flats DESPERATELY, bah! I keep putting it off. Home goods is MY JAM! Please tell me that wasn't your first time! Omg it's all so adorable and affordable!!! Caleb and I are seriously lacking in the cute home decor department!!

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  3. I literally had the same experience in Loft yesterday! I went to return some things I ordered online and wasn't intending to buy anything else...and hour and several trips to the dressing room later I was checking out. I never shop either and when I do I get a little carried away. I also had a similar experience with home decor in TJ Maxx a few months ago!

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  4. I can spend HOURS in Home Goods. There is an amazing one about 10 minutes from my office and whenever I'm having a bad day, I somehow end up there on my lunch break and it's a problem! Glad you had some time to enjoy yourself :)

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  5. Home Goods is such an awesome time!!! I wish we had one close haha however I think Kyle is glad we don't.

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  6. I always wonder why the carts are so small!

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  7. I go to homegoods atleast once a week. haha. It's my favorite store ever, but I'm the same way. For every 2 items go into my cart, 1 comes out before I make it to the register. It's probably better that way.

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  8. I feel you!!! I am the same way about Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Target and Hobby Lobby!!!!

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  9. HomeGoods!!! Seriously one of my favorite places ever! EVER! So glad you have one near you now to frequent! Just don't ever go back for something you saw last time because it wont be there! I have learned that too many times. You gotta scoop up the goodies when you see them or you will regret not having them!

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  10. Matthew rarely lets me go in there alone because he knows I loose all self-control in there and just go crazy!! The prices are all so good and it's all so cute!!!!

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  11. Haha I love Home goods and am the same way in Target, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls!

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  12. I cannot even begin to explain the love I have for Home Goods. It's like I lose all sense of control as soon as I step foot in that store. LOL!

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  13. Home Goods definitely sucks me in. It's a good thing my trips there are rare!!! I definitely do the back and forth there, too. :)

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  14. Home Goods, Target, TJ Maxx. So much trouble for me! Other than that I too am really not a shopper, but those stores are just like the Twilight Zone. I've gotten WAY better about STICKING TO THE $(@$ING LIST, ALYSSA! when I go to Target, but I haven't even let myself go into Home Goods in a while. My apartment is too small to bring home everything I want to redecorate with! The notebooks, though. Notebooks and candles...I'm too weak!

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  15. So how much did you end up buying?

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  16. I love Home Goods!! The closest one to us is like 2 hours away but I love to visit it when I can. I get in enough trouble going to Hobby Lobby & TJ Maxx, I'd be in real trouble if Home Goods showed up!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  17. Home Goods really is such a dangerous store! I really shouldn't be allowed to go in there during the holiday season because I'm exactly like you and add a ton of stuff to my cart and try to wrack my brain for a place to put something that's super cute.

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  18. Home Goods is the best/worst place ever. People say Target is dangerous, and it is, but nothing like Home Goods!

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  19. Home Goods 100% has magic voodoo powers. No question.

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  20. Yes! I love Home Goods. We actually don't have one that's close so that's probably a good thing! Lol!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  21. I'm so glad someone else shops the way I do 😂 I load up my cart with all the things and then wind up putting half of it back. Can you believe I've never actually been in a Home Goods before? Sounds like it's for the best!

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  22. I am also the person who puts a few things in the cart, then takes a few out and replaces them with a few more things until I choose like 3 items that I "need". The worst part about HomeGoods (Winners, here in Canada) is that you see something once and then you might never see it there again. It increases the "must have it now" mentality and makes it so much harder to put stuff down! Although all I can think about right now is how much I want that acorn.

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  23. This is why I'm thankful there is no Home Goods in Hawaii!

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  24. Home Goods is my favorite. Last night I actually went in and only purchased what I went in for...that's a rarity for me there.

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  25. yes, me exactly! this is why i take my husband shopping! haha. he hates it, but you know how you put things back? i'm not so great at that, so KC helps me out ;) we had to go to homegoods a couple of days ago and spent $100 on a few things to help make the house look nicer for selling and if i was there on my own, it would have been way more. which is why i don't go to homegoods on my own haha.

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  26. Are you ready for this? I have a monthly Home Goods budget. It's not a lot but once a month I visit and shop and leave a really happy wife and mother.

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  27. This is so so me!!! Brad gets so mad at me when I do this....I will have a cart full of stuff and end up putting things back and the things I put back are usually mine and I always buy for Bre

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