I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (2022)

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First up was HomeGoods. When we drove up, there were a few cars, but all in all, the parking lot wasn't very crowded. Located right out front was an assortment of (not particularly well-organized) patio furniture in a variety of styles and colors. Walking into the store, I was instantly bombarded with even more outdoor furnishings — dining sets, planters, and even a decorative surfboard. Nothing was organized particularly well, but luckily the store wasn't very crowded on a Sunday afternoon, so it wasn't hard to maneuver. Given that it was before Memorial Day when I visited the store, there was a big emphasis on summer decor. A prominent front display advertised items to help shoppers build an "outdoor oasis." To the left of the front entrance, there was a section dedicated to wellness, including supplements and protein powders. There was also a surprisingly wide variety of baking goods, cooking supplies, and pastas, which I wasn't expecting to see. I wasn't particularly impressed with the clearance section, which was haphazardly arranged and a bit random. HomeGoods did have a few good name-brand finds in the clearance section, like this Kate Spade plate for only $8. The store also had random decor that didn't quite fit into any one particular category, like these … things. There were aisles of pillows in an array of sizes, materials, colors, and patterns. Again, this section wasn't particularly well-maintained or organized. Several of the pillows were on the floor. Area rugs in several sizes and patterns were hanging from a movable display. Customers are able to flip through them to find one they like, while being able to see the rug in its fully unrolled size. It's a convenient and helpful way to show off the available rugs. HomeGoods had several aisles of wall decor, mostly featuring artwork and inspirational quotes. There were also more eclectic options, like this discounted portrait of a sheep. Like most home decor stores, HomeGoods sells decor and furnishing in a wide variety of styles and design aesthetics. The store's inventory is constantly rotating, and this particular location was heavily pushing what can best be described as "modern farmhouse." At the back of the store, there were rows of chairs and stools lining the wall next to an assortment of lamps. The lamp selection was excellent — the store had pretty much every size and style of lamp you could possibly need. The store also had some full-sized furniture. For the most part, it offered armchairs, media consoles, and shelving units. The available furniture was tagged with pricing and displayed in the middle of the store, between aisles of smaller decor and furnishings that fit on shelves. The organization of this particular HomeGoods location left a lot to be desired. There were large empty spaces where they'd sold out of certain products, and it wasn't particularly intuitive to find what you were looking for. For example, one aisle had frames next to coffee tables and end tables. The store's card selection wasn't particularly large, but they had more than a few unique, solid options. This Beyonce card for a pregnancy announcement particularly stuck out. I was very impressed with the store's bath section, which had a wide variety of bath organizational items and decor — and more prominently, plenty of name-brand, recognizable products at great prices. There was also a "pet section" — several aisles offering pet products including food and water bowls, treats, bedding, and toys. Next to the pet section was an area dedicated to kids. They had plenty of kid-appropriate decor and furnishings in "kid town." There was a kid-sized chair in the shape of a baseball glove. Looping around and walking back towards the entrance, the store's "gourmet kitchen" section sold cookware from great brands at extremely reasonable prices. This stainless steel Calphalon pan was a total steal at only $16.99. Exactly like HomeGoods' sister stores, the checkout area had shelves lined with random items to entice shoppers into making a last-minute impulse purchase. There were snacks, mugs, and reusable water bottles aplenty. There were also quirkier products, like this "Angry Mama" microwave steam cleaner. There's one last clearance cart on the way out. This particular one was well-stocked — all the better for buyers to snag a last minute deal before leaving the store. Overall, there's the potential for great finds for excellent prices at HomeGoods, but you need to dig a little (or in some less-organized sections, a lot). It has plenty of recognizable name-brand products in stock (much like TJ Maxx and Marshalls), but its stock is ever-changing. You essentially need to buy something when you see it, because there's no guarantee the same particular armchair or portrait of a sheep will be there the next time you visit the store. Next up, I visited the At Home store in Brick, New Jersey. This location was only about a 10-minute drive from the HomeGoods location I visited in the same town. The very first thing that caught my attention was that the store is enormous. They're not kidding when they call this a "superstore." It's easily the size of any Walmart or Target, stretching from one end of a shopping center to nearly the end of the other. Upon entering the store (which, much like HomeGoods, wasn't particularly crowded on a sunny Sunday afternoon), I quickly noticed how spacious and well organized it was. The clear signage and endless rows of products instantly put me at ease and drew me further into the aisles upon aisles of decor and furnishings. Much of the store's stock is seasonal and therefore rotating, with new items showing up on a monthly basis. When I was there, it was filled with summer-centric items, like plenty of wicker patio furniture right up at the front entrance. Signposts throughout the store explained how At Home's sales work, and it was very straightforward. Red indicates 50% off the listed prices, while green means the item is 25% off. Much like HomeGoods, At Home had a variety of products that fit into distinct aesthetics and decor styles. But unlike its rival, At Home meticulously designated its varying decor styles into their own sections. Those who appreciate a good ocean theme would naturally be drawn to the "Deep Seas" collection. And shoppers who go for a more modern aesthetic might lean more towards "Industrial Luxe." The styles got extremely granular. At Home had items fitting the “Modern Farmhouse” look … … and also had a separate, similar but slightly distinct "Industrial Farmhouse" collection. There were many shelves of inspirational quote decor. Some were less "inspirational" but still quite fun and quirky. This ode to cheese (it's battery-powered and the cheese slice lights up!) now resides in my very own kitchen. At the head of each aisle, there were certain bargain-priced products available, like this selection of wedding decor for under $25. At Home reminded me a lot of Costco (which I love), but generally cleaner and better organized. Products lined the aisles on shelves, but there were also products displayed in the center of the floor and between aisles — exactly like at Costco. I'd already known going in that At Home would dwarf HomeGoods in terms of actual square footage. But seeing the store in person and even just glancing at the store directory really drove that point home. While HomeGoods had a better selection of recognizable name brand products, At Home had its own branding. One line, Shanty2Chic, was designed exclusively for At Home. Signs around the store also informed me that At Home has its own credit card. Signing up yields shoppers 10% off their first purchase and rewards on all purchases. HomeGoods seemed to have better pricing on certain products, but you could also find a good deal shopping At Home's stock. While I was impressed with HomeGoods' lamp selection earlier in the day, At Home put its rival to shame in terms of the variety available. It was a similar situation with the wall art. HomeGoods had some nice pieces, but At Home had at least five times the amount in an almost overwhelming variety of sizes and styles. There was one whole aisle just for enormous clocks. Moving along to the back of the store, I saw that At Home offers mattresses, headboards, and loveseats, things I didn't see at the much smaller HomeGoods. Walking towards the bathroom, I was floored to see just how many chairs and stools At Home had in stock. There was seating in an endless variety of heights, styles, and colors. It just kept going and going. Any type of chair you could possibly ever need for a table, kitchen island, or countertop had to have been available there. While some of the options seemed a bit pricey for the quality, there were plenty of clearance deals that were well worth the price. I can't stress enough that I've never seen this many chairs in my life prior to this shopping experience. One thing that wasn't so great about having everything out on the floor was the potential for damage. I saw quite a few furnishings that had visible marks, scuffs, and dings. Not ideal. Since it's nearly summer, there was a big push for outdoor area products, much like at HomeGoods. The store had a great selection of fake plants in varying sizes and styles. Wicker patio furniture as far as the eye could see. I very much appreciated At Home's love of clear and helpful signage, informing shoppers that a particular item had matching pieces available. If I thought the selection of chairs was astounding, At Home's patio cushion section was about to blow my mind. The store had stacks upon stacks of cushions in a variety of depths, shapes, styles, patterns, and colors. It would've been easy to find a cushion to fit just about any decor style or design aesthetic. The cushions also came at varying price points, depending on the durability of the material. There were "everyday" cushions and the slightly pricier "premium" cushions. For those who might be overwhelmed and confused by all the available options, At Home did a great job of providing instructional and informational signage to help shoppers choose the correct product for their needs. There were also nicely curated displays all around the store to give shoppers inspiration if they hadn't decided ahead of time on a particular style or look for their room. I was also struck by how nicely organized most of the aisles were. Throw pillows, for instance, were arranged in a color gradient, which I thought was a great touch. At Home's in-store sign, boasting "endless possibilities," certainly isn't kidding. For its sheer variety of styles and wide selection of available products, I have to give the win to At Home over HomeGoods. While you're likely to find lovely pieces at great prices at the latter, you'll almost certainly have to dig through a lot of mediocre stuff to find them — At Home is simply a better overall shopping experience, particularly for those who have a set design aesthetic in mind and know precisely what they need. FAQs Videos

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2019-06-12T12:55:00Z

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (1)

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  • At Home is a rapidly expanding big-box retail chain that specializes in home furnishings and decor.
  • At Home rivals HomeGoods, a similar home decor chain owned by the same parent company that runs TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
  • I visited both stores in New Jersey to see which has the leg up when it comes to decor and furnishings, and the better option was obvious.
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Anyone who has ever had to furnish their new home or apartment is likely familiar with HomeGoods.

The home furnishings and decor store chain was launched in 1992 by TJX Companies Inc., the same parent company that owns TJ Maxx and Marshalls, among several other chain stores across the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2015, the company opened its 500th HomeGoods store, and the popular chain has continued to expand across the country in the years since.

HomeGoods has largely maintained its hold on the discount furnishings and decor market because of its unique array of furniture, bed linens, cooking products, and other home accessories.

But now, a new competitor is giving HomeGoods a run for its money.

At Home's story began when founder Eric White opened Garden Ridge Pottery in 1979. The single store outside of San Antonio remained the only location until White opened a second one in Houston in 1986. The company was sold to investors in 1988, but went into bankruptcy in 2004.

In 2011, the current owners, AEA Investors, acquired Garden Ridge, and three years after that, the company converted all of its Garden Ridge locations to the At Home brand. From there, the home decor superstore has continued its relatively rapid expansion.

The company currently operates about 180 big-box stores across the US, averaging 110,000 square feet per store — making each At Home just about as big as the average Walmart or Target. If the retailer follows through on plans to keep expanding, many more shoppers will become familiar with the lesser-known company.

But how does At Home, the newer kid on the block, stand up against HomeGoods? I visited each chain's location in Brick, New Jersey, to find out for myself.

And after making my way through both stores, I know which one I'll be going back to.

First up was HomeGoods. When we drove up, there were a few cars, but all in all, the parking lot wasn't very crowded.

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Located right out front was an assortment of (not particularly well-organized) patio furniture in a variety of styles and colors.

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Walking into the store, I was instantly bombarded with even more outdoor furnishings — dining sets, planters, and even a decorative surfboard. Nothing was organized particularly well, but luckily the store wasn't very crowded on a Sunday afternoon, so it wasn't hard to maneuver.

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Given that it was before Memorial Day when I visited the store, there was a big emphasis on summer decor. A prominent front display advertised items to help shoppers build an "outdoor oasis."

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (5)

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To the left of the front entrance, there was a section dedicated to wellness, including supplements and protein powders.

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There was also a surprisingly wide variety of baking goods, cooking supplies, and pastas, which I wasn't expecting to see.

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I wasn't particularly impressed with the clearance section, which was haphazardly arranged and a bit random.

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HomeGoods did have a few good name-brand finds in the clearance section, like this Kate Spade plate for only $8.

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The store also had random decor that didn't quite fit into any one particular category, like these … things.

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There were aisles of pillows in an array of sizes, materials, colors, and patterns. Again, this section wasn't particularly well-maintained or organized. Several of the pillows were on the floor.

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Area rugs in several sizes and patterns were hanging from a movable display. Customers are able to flip through them to find one they like, while being able to see the rug in its fully unrolled size. It's a convenient and helpful way to show off the available rugs.

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HomeGoods had several aisles of wall decor, mostly featuring artwork and inspirational quotes.

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There were also more eclectic options, like this discounted portrait of a sheep.

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Like most home decor stores, HomeGoods sells decor and furnishing in a wide variety of styles and design aesthetics. The store's inventory is constantly rotating, and this particular location was heavily pushing what can best be described as "modern farmhouse."

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (15)

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At the back of the store, there were rows of chairs and stools lining the wall next to an assortment of lamps. The lamp selection was excellent — the store had pretty much every size and style of lamp you could possibly need.

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (16)

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The store also had some full-sized furniture. For the most part, it offered armchairs, media consoles, and shelving units. The available furniture was tagged with pricing and displayed in the middle of the store, between aisles of smaller decor and furnishings that fit on shelves.

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The organization of this particular HomeGoods location left a lot to be desired. There were large empty spaces where they'd sold out of certain products, and it wasn't particularly intuitive to find what you were looking for. For example, one aisle had frames next to coffee tables and end tables.

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The store's card selection wasn't particularly large, but they had more than a few unique, solid options. This Beyonce card for a pregnancy announcement particularly stuck out.

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (19)

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I was very impressed with the store's bath section, which had a wide variety of bath organizational items and decor — and more prominently, plenty of name-brand, recognizable products at great prices.

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There was also a "pet section" — several aisles offering pet products including food and water bowls, treats, bedding, and toys.

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Next to the pet section was an area dedicated to kids. They had plenty of kid-appropriate decor and furnishings in "kid town."

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There was a kid-sized chair in the shape of a baseball glove.

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Looping around and walking back towards the entrance, the store's "gourmet kitchen" section sold cookware from great brands at extremely reasonable prices.

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This stainless steel Calphalon pan was a total steal at only $16.99.

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Exactly like HomeGoods' sister stores, the checkout area had shelves lined with random items to entice shoppers into making a last-minute impulse purchase. There were snacks, mugs, and reusable water bottles aplenty.

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There were also quirkier products, like this "Angry Mama" microwave steam cleaner.

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There's one last clearance cart on the way out. This particular one was well-stocked — all the better for buyers to snag a last minute deal before leaving the store.

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Overall, there's the potential for great finds for excellent prices at HomeGoods, but you need to dig a little (or in some less-organized sections, a lot). It has plenty of recognizable name-brand products in stock (much like TJ Maxx and Marshalls), but its stock is ever-changing. You essentially need to buy something when you see it, because there's no guarantee the same particular armchair or portrait of a sheep will be there the next time you visit the store.

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Next up, I visited the At Home store in Brick, New Jersey. This location was only about a 10-minute drive from the HomeGoods location I visited in the same town.

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The very first thing that caught my attention was that the store is enormous.

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They're not kidding when they call this a "superstore." It's easily the size of any Walmart or Target, stretching from one end of a shopping center to nearly the end of the other.

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Upon entering the store (which, much like HomeGoods, wasn't particularly crowded on a sunny Sunday afternoon), I quickly noticed how spacious and well organized it was.

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The clear signage and endless rows of products instantly put me at ease and drew me further into the aisles upon aisles of decor and furnishings.

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Much of the store's stock is seasonal and therefore rotating, with new items showing up on a monthly basis.

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (35)

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When I was there, it was filled with summer-centric items, like plenty of wicker patio furniture right up at the front entrance.

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (36)

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Signposts throughout the store explained how At Home's sales work, and it was very straightforward. Red indicates 50% off the listed prices, while green means the item is 25% off.

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Much like HomeGoods, At Home had a variety of products that fit into distinct aesthetics and decor styles.

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But unlike its rival, At Home meticulously designated its varying decor styles into their own sections. Those who appreciate a good ocean theme would naturally be drawn to the "Deep Seas" collection.

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And shoppers who go for a more modern aesthetic might lean more towards "Industrial Luxe."

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The styles got extremely granular. At Home had items fitting the “Modern Farmhouse” look …

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… and also had a separate, similar but slightly distinct "Industrial Farmhouse" collection.

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There were many shelves of inspirational quote decor.

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Some were less "inspirational" but still quite fun and quirky. This ode to cheese (it's battery-powered and the cheese slice lights up!) now resides in my very own kitchen.

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At the head of each aisle, there were certain bargain-priced products available, like this selection of wedding decor for under $25.

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At Home reminded me a lot of Costco (which I love), but generally cleaner and better organized. Products lined the aisles on shelves, but there were also products displayed in the center of the floor and between aisles — exactly like at Costco.

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I'd already known going in that At Home would dwarf HomeGoods in terms of actual square footage. But seeing the store in person and even just glancing at the store directory really drove that point home.

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While HomeGoods had a better selection of recognizable name brand products, At Home had its own branding. One line, Shanty2Chic, was designed exclusively for At Home.

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Signs around the store also informed me that At Home has its own credit card. Signing up yields shoppers 10% off their first purchase and rewards on all purchases.

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HomeGoods seemed to have better pricing on certain products, but you could also find a good deal shopping At Home's stock. While I was impressed with HomeGoods' lamp selection earlier in the day, At Home put its rival to shame in terms of the variety available.

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It was a similar situation with the wall art. HomeGoods had some nice pieces, but At Home had at least five times the amount in an almost overwhelming variety of sizes and styles.

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There was one whole aisle just for enormous clocks.

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Moving along to the back of the store, I saw that At Home offers mattresses, headboards, and loveseats, things I didn't see at the much smaller HomeGoods.

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Walking towards the bathroom, I was floored to see just how many chairs and stools At Home had in stock. There was seating in an endless variety of heights, styles, and colors.

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It just kept going and going. Any type of chair you could possibly ever need for a table, kitchen island, or countertop had to have been available there.

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While some of the options seemed a bit pricey for the quality, there were plenty of clearance deals that were well worth the price.

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I can't stress enough that I've never seen this many chairs in my life prior to this shopping experience.

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One thing that wasn't so great about having everything out on the floor was the potential for damage. I saw quite a few furnishings that had visible marks, scuffs, and dings. Not ideal.

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Since it's nearly summer, there was a big push for outdoor area products, much like at HomeGoods. The store had a great selection of fake plants in varying sizes and styles.

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Wicker patio furniture as far as the eye could see.

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I very much appreciated At Home's love of clear and helpful signage, informing shoppers that a particular item had matching pieces available.

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If I thought the selection of chairs was astounding, At Home's patio cushion section was about to blow my mind.

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The store had stacks upon stacks of cushions in a variety of depths, shapes, styles, patterns, and colors. It would've been easy to find a cushion to fit just about any decor style or design aesthetic.

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The cushions also came at varying price points, depending on the durability of the material. There were "everyday" cushions and the slightly pricier "premium" cushions.

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For those who might be overwhelmed and confused by all the available options, At Home did a great job of providing instructional and informational signage to help shoppers choose the correct product for their needs.

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There were also nicely curated displays all around the store to give shoppers inspiration if they hadn't decided ahead of time on a particular style or look for their room.

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I was also struck by how nicely organized most of the aisles were. Throw pillows, for instance, were arranged in a color gradient, which I thought was a great touch.

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (67)

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At Home's in-store sign, boasting "endless possibilities," certainly isn't kidding. For its sheer variety of styles and wide selection of available products, I have to give the win to At Home over HomeGoods. While you're likely to find lovely pieces at great prices at the latter, you'll almost certainly have to dig through a lot of mediocre stuff to find them — At Home is simply a better overall shopping experience, particularly for those who have a set design aesthetic in mind and know precisely what they need.

I visited HomeGoods and At Home to see which home decor retailer is better, and the winner is clear (68)

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FAQs

What is the difference between Homesense and HomeGoods? ›

Although both brands are in the TJ Maxx family, Homesense carries more larger furniture items than its sister store HomeGoods. There's some overlap between what the two stores carry but they are designed to complementary. While there's HomeGoods stores all over the country, Homesense is just making it's way west.

Is HomeGoods owned by Amazon? ›

HomeGoods is owned by TJX Companies, and is a sister company to T.J. Maxx, Sierra Trading Post, and Marshalls. The size of each store varies by location.

Is TJ Maxx the same as HomeGoods? ›

HomeGoods is owned by TJX Companies, which also is the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeSense and Sierra.

What company owns HomeGoods? ›

HomeGoods

What is the best day to go to HomeGoods? ›

While you may luck into an awesome HomeGoods find any day of the week, I've found that the best days to shop HomeGoods are definitely weekdays. On the weekends, stores are often packed and can get a bit picked-over with no new shipments coming in.

What is the best day to go to TJ Maxx? ›

Maxx markdowns happen on Monday mornings, so you'll find the biggest selection of clearance steals as soon as the store opens on Mondays. Avoid shopping on the weekends if you can. New T.J. Maxx merchandise only ships to stores during the work week, so by the weekend, everything is pretty picked over.

Where do HomeGoods items come from? ›

They Get Stock From All Over

TJX finds items from over 16,000 vendors to stock HomeGoods and its other subsidiaries.

What did HomeGoods used to be called? ›

The company dates back to 1919.

It was founded by two brothers, Max and Morris Feldberg, and was called the New England Trading Company.

Can I return something from HomeGoods to Marshalls? ›

No, even though they are in the same company, TJ MAXX, MARSHALLS and HOMEGOODS can only take back their own merchandise. If the product label is from Homegoods, it may only be returned to Homegoods, TJMaxx and Homegoods, or Marshalls and Homegoods stores.

What day does HomeGoods put out new merchandise? ›

“Most stores receive shipments 4 times a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but do not expect items to hit the floor right away. They trickle out, so new items appear daily.” That said, if you went yesterday and didn't find just the right platter or duvet cover, you might have better luck today.

Who has better prices Marshalls or TJ Maxx? ›

Some shoppers believe that the merchandise at T.J. Maxx is better than what they can find at Marshalls. Other shoppers feel that they find cheaper prices at Marshalls. However, it all depends on what a person is shopping for.

Is HomeGoods cheaper than IKEA? ›

But did you know that everyone's favorite fashion spot also dabbles in home goods? The prices here are just as good — if not better — than Ikea. Stock up on baskets, bedding, curtains, rugs, blankets, towels, dinnerware, decorations, and more.

Can a Marshalls gift card be used at HomeGoods? ›

Gift cards and e-gift cards can be redeemed at marshalls.com, or in any T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store.

Are Marshalls and winners the same company? ›

Winners was acquired by TJX in 1990. Winners, along with HomeSense and Marshalls in Canada, comprise TJX Canada.

Is at home and HomeGoods owned by the same company? ›

At Home is a rapidly expanding big-box retail chain that specializes in home furnishings and decor. At Home rivals HomeGoods, a similar home decor chain owned by the same parent company that runs TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

What day does HomeGoods restock shelves? ›

Most stores restock on Sundays, but there are multiple days each week that this happens, and it all varies by area. Ask a manager and use that schedule to dictate your shopping trips.

What day of the week does TJ Maxx restock? ›

Shop on Wednesday Mornings

T.J. Maxx stores typically receive new merchandise shipments three to five days a week, but Wednesday is usually the day they mark everything down. Get there in the morning to ensure you'll have access to the most robust selection.

How can I get a discount at Home Goods? ›

11 Ways to Save at HomeGoods Every Time You Shop
  1. Get A TJX Rewards Card. Image: HomeGoods.com. ...
  2. Earn TJX Rewards Points. ...
  3. Tap Into A HomeGoods Employee Discount. ...
  4. Shop The HomeGoods Clearance Section. ...
  5. Ask For a Discount On Damaged Items. ...
  6. Download the TJX App. ...
  7. Keep Your HomeGoods Receipts. ...
  8. Buy A Discounted HomeGoods Gift Card.
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What does the blue tag mean at TJ Maxx? ›

The white tag indicates the regular price of an item, the red tag signifies the clearance price, while the yellow tag shows the final clearance price which will give you the best bargain. A blue tag, on the other hand, means the item has another piece that goes with it.

What's the best day to shop at Marshalls? ›

Shop during weekday mornings. If you've attempted to shop at Marshalls on Saturday afternoon, then congrats because you've survived the worst of it. "The best time to shop is weekday mornings when everything is tidy, clean, and well-stocked from the overnight shipment," Christine Lee from HomeGoods Obsessed tells us.

What does yellow tag at TJ Maxx mean? ›

What do yellow tags mean at TJ Maxx and Marshalls? Yellow tags (price stickers) mean that the item is at its final clearance price. The price is as low as it's going to go. The store is eager to sell the item.

Can you return clearance items to HomeGoods? ›

HomeGoods accepts returns on sales and clearance merchandise just as they would any regularly priced merchandise.

Can I use my TJ Maxx card at HomeGoods? ›

The TJX gift card is redeemable at over 3200 T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Homesense and Sierra (in the U.S. and Puerto Rico) and online at tjmaxx.com, sierra.com and marshalls.com.

What days do Marshalls restock? ›

Marshalls restocks on Monday and Friday because the busiest shopping days are on the weekend. You can also find new items put on the floor during the week, too. However, because the weekend is when most people do their shopping, that's also when Marshalls concentrates its restocking.

Is at home owned by Home Depot? ›

In July 2021, the company was acquired by Hellman & Friedman.

Is Ross owned by T.J. Maxx? ›

Ross Stores, Inc. is an American chain of off-price department stores headquartered inPleasanton, California,[4] operating under the name Ross Dress for Less. It is the third largest off-price retailer in the United States, behind T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, both of which are owned by TJX Companies.

What does the TK in TK Maxx stand for? ›

In 1976, TJ Maxx was founded in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States, by Bernard Cammarata. The first international store opened in Bristol, UK, in 1994. The company modified the name to TK Maxx to avoid confusion with the established British retail chain T. J. Hughes (which is not affiliated with TJX).

Do you need a receipt to return at HomeGoods? ›

standard return policy for items purchased in stores

If you're not satisfied with your purchase, return the merchandise accompanied by a register receipt within 30 days of purchase for an exchange or refund in the original form of tender. A 10-day period is required for a cash refund on check purchases.

Can I return something from TJ Maxx to HomeGoods? ›

Do Marshalls or HomeGoods accept TJ Maxx returns? You cannot return your TJ Maxx items to Marshalls or HomeGoods. If the item was purchased at a TJ Maxx store or online it must be returned to a TJ Maxx store only.

What is the return policy at Winners? ›

We will gladly refund your purchase within 10 days, with original register receipt and tickets attached to the merchandise. Refunds given will be in the tender paid. Customers may also select a gift card for the value if they wish. Beyond 10 days, no problem!

Does HomeGoods restock items? ›

Restocking is done at HomeGoods every day, and it usually happens all day. New items are always being received in the stores, and new merchandise is added to racks and shelves so customers always have plenty of options when they are shopping.

How do you read a HomeGoods price tag? ›

Look for the four numbers toward the upper right portion of the tag or sticker. This is the date of when the item came to the store. For example, if you see 0322, it means the item arrived in March of 2022. The HomeGoods employees then use these numbers to determine when to mark down items.

What is HomeGoods store? ›

HomeGoods offers an ever-changing mix of merchandise, including furniture, rugs, lighting, soft home, decorative accessories, tabletop, cookware, and much more. The HomeGoods shopping experience complements its sister retail banner, Homesense, with expanded departments like pet, kids, and gourmet food.

Is TJ Maxx or Marshalls nicer? ›

Marshalls is definitely the better place to shop if you need menswear or juniors' clothing. However, if you want jewelry, accessories, or women's shoes, T.J. Maxx typically has better options.

Is Ross better than TJ Maxx? ›

Shop at T.J.

Because T.J. Maxx buys from higher-end boutiques and manufacturers (including designers), you'll find more and better brands there. Ross buys from less-expensive stores to begin with. Think middle-level department stores, like JCPenney.

Why are things cheaper at TJ Maxx? ›

Though you can score some pretty stellar deals at TJ Maxx, it's not technically a discount store. TJ Maxx is an off-price retailer, which means it stocks excess inventory from merchandisers.

What is similar to home goods? ›

Brick and Mortar Stores Like Home Goods
  • Home Goods sister stores — TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Sierra, Homesense.
  • W. Elm.
  • Crate and Barrel.
  • Pottery Barn.
  • Tuesday Morning.
  • Old Time Pottery.
  • Target.
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond.

What are Tuesday morning perks? ›

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Get emails on our newest deals, events and member-only offers. New Subscribers only take $10 off a purchase of $50 or more when you share your interests. Receive an entry into our monthly sweepstakes every time you shop.

What is IKEA furniture? ›

IKEA (Swedish: [ɪˈkêːa]; US: /aɪˈkiːə/) is a Swedish multinational conglomerate based in the Netherlands that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, home accessories, and various other goods and home services.

Can you take Marshalls stuff back to T.J. Maxx? ›

To make your returns quicker and easier please keep your receipt. Please note that items purchased at a Marshalls store can only be returned to a Marshalls store, in accordance with this return policy. Items purchased at Marshalls may not be returned to T.J. Maxx or any of our other sister brands.

Can you use winners gift cards at Marshalls? ›

Send a gift card by mail

Redeemable at any WINNERS, HomeSense, and Marshalls store in Canada.

Can you use TJ Maxx gift card at Marshalls? ›

gift cards and rewards certificates

Gift cards and e-gift cards can be redeemed at tjmaxx.com, marshalls.com, homegoods.com, sierra.com or in any T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store.

What is the difference between Winners and HomeSense? ›

They are both owned by the TJX Companies. Winners, Homesense and TJMax are all the same company, so the merchandise and experience are exactly the same as what you find at home.

Are Winners and HomeSense the same? ›

In 1990, it merged with TJX Companies, the world's largest off-price department store owner. Since late 2001, Winners stores have been paired with HomeSense, a home accessory retailer, modelled on TJX's American HomeGoods stores.

Are Winners cheap? ›

WINNERS is an off-price retailer. For us, value is a combination of brand, fashion, price, and quality. Unlike traditional retailers, we generally don't do promotions, sales, coupons or other gimmicks – Just exciting merchandise at amazing prices, every single day!

Is HomeGoods owned by Hobby Lobby? ›

HomeGoods is owned by TJX Companies, and is a sister company to T.J. Maxx, Sierra Trading Post, and Marshalls. The size of each store varies by location. There are locations in the United States that combine both the HomeGoods and the T.J.

What company owns HomeGoods? ›

HomeGoods

Is HomeSense cheaper than HomeGoods? ›

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.

Why is homesense so cheap? ›

Our buyers are opportunistic and entrepreneurial. So when a designer overproduces or other stores overbuy, we swoop in, negotiate the lowest possible price, and pass the savings on!

Can you return HomeGoods to homesense? ›

Return your purchase in store within 28 days with a receipt as proof of purchase for an exchange or refund. Merchandise must be unused and in its original condition including packaging and labelling. If you paid by credit or debit card, any refund must go to the card you used to purchase.

Is TK Maxx the same as homesense? ›

Homesense & TK Maxx - We Are Family

Did you know that Homesense is part of the TK Maxx family? Well you do now. There are a few strong family traits, like our passion for unique one-off pieces from the biggest brands and designers.

Is HomeGoods and at home the same? ›

At Home is a rapidly expanding big-box retail chain that specializes in home furnishings and decor. At Home rivals HomeGoods, a similar home decor chain owned by the same parent company that runs TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

What is the best day to go to winners? ›

Every Day is a Good Day to Shop at Winners

What's the best day to shop at Winners? If you are a frequent shopper at Winners then you know they get shipments and new inventory almost every day. So if you are looking for the best day to shop at Winners, unfortunately, there isn't one.

Are Winners cheap? ›

WINNERS is an off-price retailer. For us, value is a combination of brand, fashion, price, and quality. Unlike traditional retailers, we generally don't do promotions, sales, coupons or other gimmicks – Just exciting merchandise at amazing prices, every single day!

Can you return to winners without a receipt? ›

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A RECEIPT? For returns without a register receipt, valid government issued photo identification must be provided, and any refunds given will be in the form of gift card. Returns may be limited or declined, at our discretion.

What day does HomeGoods put out new merchandise? ›

“Most stores receive shipments 4 times a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but do not expect items to hit the floor right away. They trickle out, so new items appear daily.” That said, if you went yesterday and didn't find just the right platter or duvet cover, you might have better luck today.

How much can you return to HomeGoods without a receipt? ›

You can return your new unused merchandise to HomeGoods within 30 days of purchase with a receipt for a full refund in the original form of payment. If you do not have a receipt, or it has been over 30 days since purchase, you will receive your refund in store credit.

Can I return something from TJ Maxx to HomeGoods? ›

Do Marshalls or HomeGoods accept TJ Maxx returns? You cannot return your TJ Maxx items to Marshalls or HomeGoods. If the item was purchased at a TJ Maxx store or online it must be returned to a TJ Maxx store only.

What is the difference between winners and HomeSense? ›

They are both owned by the TJX Companies. Winners, Homesense and TJMax are all the same company, so the merchandise and experience are exactly the same as what you find at home.

Are Winners and HomeSense the same? ›

In 1990, it merged with TJX Companies, the world's largest off-price department store owner. Since late 2001, Winners stores have been paired with HomeSense, a home accessory retailer, modelled on TJX's American HomeGoods stores.

Are HomeGoods and HomeSense owned by the same company? ›

TJX Companies, the parent company of HomeSense, as well as HomeGoods, Marshalls, Sierra (retailer), and TJ Maxx are slowly increasing their HomeSense presence in the United States.

How can I get a discount At Home Goods? ›

11 Ways to Save at HomeGoods Every Time You Shop
  1. Get A TJX Rewards Card. Image: HomeGoods.com. ...
  2. Earn TJX Rewards Points. ...
  3. Tap Into A HomeGoods Employee Discount. ...
  4. Shop The HomeGoods Clearance Section. ...
  5. Ask For a Discount On Damaged Items. ...
  6. Download the TJX App. ...
  7. Keep Your HomeGoods Receipts. ...
  8. Buy A Discounted HomeGoods Gift Card.
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Where does HomeGoods get their inventory? ›

They Get Stock From All Over

TJX finds items from over 16,000 vendors to stock HomeGoods and its other subsidiaries.

Is HomeGoods cheaper than IKEA? ›

But did you know that everyone's favorite fashion spot also dabbles in home goods? The prices here are just as good — if not better — than Ikea. Stock up on baskets, bedding, curtains, rugs, blankets, towels, dinnerware, decorations, and more.

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