Southern Living recently shared eight secrets to shopping at HomeGoods.

1. Don’t hunt for one particular item.
Have an idea of several large needs you have—a better way to organize the silverware in your kitchen or a footstool of some type for the living room. HomeGoods simply is not the kind of store you can walk in expecting a full stock of a particular item. Your mindset should be about the solutions you may find, not the specific things you probably won’t.

2. Know your colors–and your numbers.
It’s helpful if you know what your overall inspiration is, and therefore, what will and won’t fit in it. Have measurements of the room, the furniture you already have, and a measuring tape on hand as well.

3. Let them help you figure out your style.
HomeGoods’s website has a super-simple style quiz that’s almost too easy. And while they don’t have product available online, the site is full of inspiration under its ‘Customer Finds’ section.

4. Shop on weekdays.
As nice as it would be to go and casually peruse on a Saturday afternoon, you’ll likely be fighting crowds over a product that’s, well, maybe passed over for a reason. Head in during the workweek for a much calmer experience with so many more options. (No elbow pads required.)

5. Shop several different locations.
If you’re lucky enough to have several locations in your city’s metro area, try them all. You’d be surprised what you find at one that you may not at another.

6. Buy, try, return.
If you want to mull something over, do so with it in your possession. HomeGoods is not a come-back-in-a-week type of store. That precious lucite and brass bar cart is simply not going to be there tomorrow. If it’s the right size, shape, and color, and yet you get it home only to find it just isn’t working, then just return it. At least you won’t have to wonder ‘what if,’ as if you were trapped in a tragic rom-com about furniture.

7. Download the app.
Want a little sneak preview of what’s going on the shelves in your local store before arriving? Use the store’s app to see what’s cropping up at your local shop.

The nearest HomeGoods store to Apopka is at Wekiva Square at 965 West S.R. 436 in Altamonte Springs.

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