Y’all already know I love me some Goodwill (and yes, I started a post with almost that exact same sentence recently; it’s a dead horse I like to beat).
Without it, there’s no way I would have worn a J. Crew top and a pair of Anthropologie-brand jeans when I hosted Mandy’s baby shower (pics and details coming soon!). And for less than $10!!
Goodwill really can’t be beat for home decor either. Yes, garage sale prices are much cheaper, but the amount of time and gas spent, not to mention the prospect of hauling 5 kids around to house after house (and hearing, “Are they all yours? Bless your heart, honey” ad nauseum) is enough to keep me loyal to good ol’ GW.
When I shop for house treasures at Goodwill, I pretty much know two things:
1) Almost everything I find will need at least a little TLC (sometimes a lot)
2) The chances of finding something current are just about nil
And that’s fine. I love the uniqueness of thrift store finds, I don’t really follow trends, and I’m pretty handy with a can of spray paint.
Every now and then, though, it’s fun to bring something home that doesn’t need as much work and won’t have to have every single last knob replaced before it stops screaming, “I’m a 1970’s hippie cast-off!”
Enter Hobby Lobby. Or more specifically, Hobby Lobby’s clearance aisles.
Warning: If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, you may want to stop reading now because what I’m going to tell you next may just make you sad.
Did you know that Hobby Lobby regularly has several aisles devoted to their clearance merchandise—usually at 80-90% off the original price?
I have found some of my favorite mirrors, art, and furniture there are super-steep discounts (not to mention decorative knobs).
Pieces like this bench, which I scored for about $70.
and this wood frame (I added the fabric), which was originally something crazy like $120, but I only paid around $10.
It had been a good long while since I’d stopped by (the tiny shopping carts and multitude of breakable objects keep me away when I have all five kids with me, which is pretty much all the time), but one Friday night when Shaun was out of town, I found myself with a couple of “free” hours and only the twins with me.
So to Hobby Lobby we went (that’s what everybody does with their Friday nights, right?).
I pretty much hit the mother lode while I was there, and I thought I’d show you 4 of my finds.
I’ve got a bare piece of wall that’s been stumping me. So when I saw this guy, I snapped him up for $10 (after an 80% reduction). Yes, it’s still a bit steep for a piece of painted wood (with a crack down the middle; it doesn’t bother me) with some knobs stuck in it. And I would have NEEEEEEEVER paid anywhere close to the ridiculously overpriced $50 original price tag. But when you consider that each of those knobs could easily ring up at $2-3 each, and I don’t have to do a single thing to it, it was worth it to me.
Next up was this sunburst mirror. Obviously, it needs some love (and a coat of gold spray paint, I do believe), but with a handy husband at home who could replace the missing shims, I was (barely) willing to pay $8. Why? Because I know I will never find a sunburst mirror at Goodwill (until they have been out of style for 30 years, anyway), and the thought of creating my own from paint stirrers is less than appealing at the moment. Do I think this mirror is worth it’s original $80 price tag (choke)? Not in a million. But less than $10 plus a little elbow grease? Definitely.
And then there was this awesome chunky basket, which I bought two of. I have a hard time spending $15 on a little piece of woven straw, but $6 for something truly unique? That I can handle.
I looooooove mirrored furniture. But it’s so expensive that I gasp every time I check the price tag on a piece I like, even at discount places like Ross.
I bought the two they had left to use in our bedroom makeover, and I plan to paint them (because I want my husband to be able to keep his man card), but a coat of paint seems totally worth it to have finally found something I’ve been searching for for under $100.
Bonus points if you can spot me in the mirror.
Clearly, I’m a fan of Hobby Lobby as long as I can subtract at least 80% of their original prices. Shhhh…don’t tell Goodwill.
Do you have a Hobby Lobby near you? What’s your favorite section? I can’t really decide since I buy everything from furniture to home decor to fabric to craft supplies and more. It’s a pretty magical place. But I do visit the knob aisle every single time I go there. It’s fantastic!
Where do you find your best deals on things for your home?