how to: shop at homesense

When it comes to your home, everyone loves a good deal and you can find some great ones at Homesense. The problem is it can be overwhelming and a bit of pressure with that lurking thought that if you don’t grab that fabulous item now… it may be gone. So you throw it in your cart because you love it! You’re not exactly sure where it will go in your home, but who cares! If you don’t take it now someone else will, and you just can’t imagine your life without it.

Believe me, I’ve fallen into this trap a time or two. It’s not only a waste of time and money, it can lead to decorating frustration. And who wants that? So with this in mind, I have put together a few tips to help you scout through the aisles of temptation and make smarter purchases.

1. GO WITH A LIST

Just like when we grocery shop, this rule applies in other areas as well. We always spend more when we don’t have a list to keep us focused. List the areas you’re looking for according to room and this will help keep you organized while you shop.

2. BRING MEASUREMENTS

Whether you’re shopping for accessories or an area rug, measure the space before you leave the house. Take a good sized tape measure with you so you can properly measure furniture, art work etc. That way you’re not guessing, only to bring it home and find that it doesn’t fit.

3. DON’T PUT THINGS ON HOLD

Find the perfect item but can’t take it home that day? Pay for it! If you put it on hold, a tag will go on the piece that is easily removed by someone else who falls in love with your treasure. Paying for it in full means they will set it aside so no one else can snatch it up. People can be ruthless when they find something they have to have, so take this advice from someone who lost a beautiful chair because I put it on hold.

4. GO WHEN YOU HAVE LOTS OF TIME

With time on your side you will be able to re-visit every aisle. There’s always lots to see and you may have missed something the first time around. We also tend to make impulse purchases when we’re pressed for time rather than thinking things through.

5. GET THE INSIDE SCOOP

Talk to the staff and find out when they receive their shipments. If stock arrives Thursday to be on the floor for Friday and you go on Monday, chances are you’ve missed out on some great finds. Also, there are certain Homesense stores that are classified as ‘premium’ stores and they receive better product than other stores. Find out if you have that special store in your city and make an effort to visit that one in particular. (for Calgary shoppers, our premium store is the Homesense at Market Mall)

6. MAGAZINES ARE FOR INSPIRATION

Magazines are an essential resource for finding great items. Based on the stock coming and going so fast at Homesense, don’t count on anything you’ve seen in a magazine actually being there. Use it as a guide and proof that you can find some fabulous pieces. Magazines print so far in advance that it’s not worth getting your hopes up!

7. IF YOU LOVE IT, BUY IT

If you do see something that you absolutely love but are not sure where it will go, buy it. You never know until you try and you might just find the perfect spot for it. If it doesn’t work, be ruthless and make sure you return it. Your wallet and storage room will thank you.

Below are a few images I grabbed off the Homesense website showing some of the many wonderful items you can find in store.

I hope these ideas and suggestions will help you the next time you head to Homesense. (Many of these same rules can apply while shopping elsewhere.) It really is a great store with lots to offer. If you find the idea of this overwhelming, hire a designer or online service to help you pull it all together. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process. You can reach me here.

Above all ~ have fun! Part of the excitement is the thrill of finding great things!


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