I took a mini poll yesterday on my Instagram asking my followers to like this photo if they wanted me to dive into some details about my insane, unplanned shopping spree yesterday. Whether this picture got one like or one million, I totally planned on doing this not-so-mini haul so that you all could judge me and publically shun me for going way too overboard. I mean, honestly, a week off of work, a new home to decorate, money in my pocket – what did we expect to happen?
*spoiler alert: I got way more than what’s shown in my featured photo*
What’s going to happen here is I am going to break down my day exactly as it occurred – I will explain each piece, why I wanted them [or felt I needed them], the price, and what store they came from. I am going to try to do my absolute best to keep them not only in order of stores visited, but in order of what I found first, second, third, etc. This post is going to be extremely long, so go ahead and make a cup of coffee, grab a snack, and fasten your seatbelts; you and I are going to be in for a wild ride!
Rae Dunn Mugs – $4.00 each – TJ Maxx
I have a vision to put a little coffee bar/corner in our new place, so having a set of mugs that can be displayed and match perfectly was a must for me. I’ve had my eye on the entire Rae Dunn brand for a while, and when I caught wind some time ago that pieces were often sold at discount stores like TJ Maxx, I got excited to begin this search. Now, I will be completely honest with you, I did not go into TJ Maxx with the purpose of finding anything, or even having Rae Dunn in mind. It kind of just happened. I decided on two mugs with larger font, and two mugs with the smaller font so that while they were different, they were still basically the same. Plus, I’ve seen these mugs online for $10.00+ so naturally, at this low price, I had to buy more than two, right?
Rae Dunn Serving Platter – $12.00 – TJ Maxx
Now, did I really need a serving dish? Probably not. I picked this platter up and put it down probably six times, and was undoubtedly making the other shoppers angry because I was practically staked out in front of the display where this was homed. I had a few ask me to move a few times, I’m not going to lie, but I really couldn’t decide. I did so much as text my mom [adulting. . am I right?] to ask her if I really needed this, or if it was a stupid purchase. With her support, I decided, the hell with it, and I got it anyway. When I got back to my car, I was looking for this exact piece online, and it made me even happier with my decision when I found out that it’s up for sale on Mercari for $61.00! I’ve been nonstop thinking of how or if I want to display this piece in our kitchen, so stay tuned for updates like that, or how we even decide to use this.
Inspirational Sign – $3.00 – TJ Maxx
I would have paid the sticker price of $8.00 for this piece, but luck was on my side, because it was on clearance for an even lower price of $3.00! I am somewhat convinced it was on clearance because there is an extremely small chip in the back, but its the back, so who the hell cares? What I liked almost the most about this piece is that it is extremely heavy. By no means does it feel cheap or look cheap. Again, I don’t really have a plan for where this piece will go, but it’s one I really couldn’t pass up, even with my boyfriend’s hatred for inspirational signs. It’s made me not able to justify paying high prices for pieces like this, because TJ Maxx had such cute ones for all under $10.00!
25 Non-Slip/Velour Hangers – $5.00 each – TJ Maxx
Yes, you read that right. I got 50 non-slip hangers for $10.00! I don’t really know if I will need 50 hangers, but I totally couldn’t justify passing these up for the price. Plus, too many is better than not enough, right? *I don’t really have much else to say about these because, come on, they’re hangers!*
TableCraft Stainless Steel Box Grater – $3.00 – TJ Maxx
Again, another boring purchase, but something that we didn’t already have and I don’t know if we will ever really need. It’s extremely small which made me want it even more because mini versions of big products get me every single time. They’re just so much cuter and I need them all. I’m sorry I’m like this.
Fieldcrest Shower Curtain – $8.98 – Target
For the record, I went into Target for a shipping envelope. Naturally, I came out with more than I wanted or needed, but I got it anyway. I found this white pleated shower curtain in the clearance section on my way to the cash registers to check out [damn you, Target. . I was so close]. This product was originally priced at $29.99 and I got it for under $9.00. I mean, come on. The Target spell got me and I got a shower curtain that we don’t really need, but now we have it anyway. Plus it’s white which makes it even better because white is good for the soul.
Hearth and Hand with Magnolia Stoneware Sugar Cellar Cream and Sugar Canisters – $5.99 each – Target
Another addition to my coffee bar vision. I didn’t want a giant cream or sugar canister because I am the only one who uses cream and sugar in my coffee, and I know that the cream canister won’t always be practically used. I thought these were reasonably priced, good size, and aesthetically pleasing, so I went ahead and bought them. Did I really think I was going to make it out of Target with just the shipping envelope I needed?
Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body Candle: reflection + clarity sea salt sage – $5.99 – Target
As I previously mentioned on the blog, I bought a shelf for our bedroom that perfectly matched our bedding. I picked up this candle because I was on the hunt for things to put on this shelf that matched, looked cute, and weren’t too heavy. I hit the nail right on the head with this one. This candle is small, the perfect shade of blue to match our bedding, and will look great plopped atop the shelf I previously bought at Kohl’s. Again, not necessary, but at this point I was caught up in my spending spree and could not be controlled.
Rae Dunn Large Canisters – $14.00 each – Marshalls
This is where things started to get out of control. I had a plan to meet my mother for lunch, but after my morning spending, I found myself with another hour to kill and didn’t really want to drive back home to go back in the same direction an hour later. So, off I headed to Marshalls to waste some time and wander around the outlet mall for a bit. Well, I did very little wandering and didn’t venture into the rest of the mall because I lost total control of my mind and body in Marshalls when I saw two entire walls of Rae Dunn merchandise. The first two pieces I picked up were these large canisters – one for flour, the other for cookies. What I like most about these pieces is that they are taller than they are wide, so they won’t take up a lot of space, which is ideal! When I found the cookie jar, I actually let out a giant gasp in the middle of the store. People started to stare but I didn’t care. Not only was it perfectly labeled “STASH.” but it got more perfect when the blue trim around the bottom of the cookie jar perfectly matched my ice blue KitchenAid Mixer. It was too aesthetically pleasing for me to handle and I put them in my cart so fast that I am flabbergasted that they made it home safely in one piece. I ended up finding the STASH. cookie jar/canister on Mercari for $21.00 and the flour jar on Mercari for $45.00, so thanks Marshalls. You’re the real MVP.
Rae Dunn Box Sign/Desk Paperweight – $4.99 – Marshalls
Did I need another inspirational sign? Nope. Did I get this anyway? You bet! Plus, it’s double sided so you’re really getting two things for the price of one, making this box sign it’s own special bargain. I ended up finding this exact piece on Amazon for around $18.00 so, again, I felt better with my purchases after I learned how much I was actually saving in the process of overspending.
Rae Dunn Think Canister – $4.99 – Marshalls
I am pretty sure this piece is supposed to be used on a work desk to store pens, scissors, etc., but I have plans of using this as a mini vase for either some flowers or succulents! I went back and forth with whether or not I should get this piece, but I went for it because, quite frankly, I was already deep into a hole that I dug myself and there wasn’t really any turning back now. I found the exact piece on Mercari for $21.00 and, you guessed it, that’s another bargain in the books! My sweat levels at this point went down a bit by justifying the fact I really did save money, and maybe I didn’t really have a shopping problem.
Isaac Jacobs 4×6 Picture Frame – $3.00 – Marshalls
I want to start off this snippet by saying whoever works at Marshalls and put the sticky price tag on the front of this frame – you suck! This is another piece I picked up to maybe place on our new bedroom shelf, or an end table somewhere in our place. I’ve seen similar frames to this one at Target for $15.00+ which I think is extremely high, so when I saw it at this low price, I decided to grab it.
So, there you have it. That’s everything I managed to tell myself I needed yesterday. If you made it to the end of this post while still keeping full-sanity, congratulations! You are a trooper! If you’re any good at math and were somehow keeping track during this post, you’d know that I spent just over $100.00 for everything featured in this post. So, yes, $100.00 isn’t the cheapest shopping haul in the world, however, for 18 items, [some of them extremely, extremely, discounted], I would say my day filled of shopping yesterday was nothing short of a success!
If you like what you see, or even if you don’t – let me know your feelings! I love having conversations about home goods – hence me repeatedly texting my mother in the middle of the store asking if I really need these things or not, etc. – so I’d love to know what you have to say! Do you think I need more? Less? Do we have the same taste?
Until next time, my friends. xoxo.