I'm a HomeGoods girl through and through, but there's something about its sister store, Homesense, that I cannot get enough of. Just as magical as HomeGoods in that you'll uncover things you won't find at most chain furniture stores, the shop is even bigger and focuses on specific spaces. Think: Instead of being just a place to buy decor to accessorize your dining room table, you can actually buy a dining room table.
So, as a self-proclaimed Homesense expert and, if I'm being honest, addict, here's what you need to know as you mentally prepare to shop into the store. And, not to be a total buzzkill, but there are only stores in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts at the moment. The good news? It's totally worth the road trip.
1. The prices are in the same range as HomeGoods.
Both stores are owned by TJX — also parent company to TJ Maxx and Marshalls — so the prices are what you'd expect from the off-price retailers. What you'll pay for a candle in HomeGoods is what you'll pay for a candle in Homesense.
2. You can furnish your entire family room at the store.
You can buy all kinds of furniture there, as well as all of the accessories you'd want to fill said room. The large-scale items are curated in a way that makes you feel like you're in an actual furniture store, but for a fraction of the cost.
3. They sell hardware and items like vanities and tubs.
Looking for a new bathroom vanity? You just might find one at Homesense. There's a section called "the general store" that has hardware, organizers, and even tools. One time I was at the East Hanover, New Jersey Homesense and they had a beautiful bath tub. A bath tub!
4. They deliver.
Yup, just like HomeGoods, you can have that kitchen table you were eyeing delivered. Goodbye, stress of trying to figure out how you might be able to take it apart, break it down, and then fit it into your car.
5. They don't have bed and bath items.
While Homesense is incredible for getting bed boards and maybe even an actual tub, you won't find the basics like comforters or bath mats in the store. TJX says that Homesense compliments HomeGoods, which pretty much means you need to shop at both stores to finish decorating your house.
6. There's an entire home office section.
Instead of only having some cute desk organizers and planners — which the store also has, FYI — you can find a cute desk, too.
7. You'll catch some overlap between the stores.
On the same day that @HomeGoodsObsessed posted this picture of a blush pink bar stool while at a HomeGoods in San Carlos, California, I saw the exact same benches (with the same price) at Homesense in Paramus, New Jersey.
8. There's an entire coffee table book selection.
If you think you can find cute ways to accessorize your house at HomeGoods, just wait until you step into Homesense. It has an aisle dedicated to discounted coffee books, which is essentially heaven.
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