I do a lot of crazy things, and waking up at seven in the morning on a Saturday to go shopping is probably one of them. Crazier was convincing ten friends to come with me. Luckily, my friends are just as crazy as I am. This past Saturday was the private HomeGoods shopping event at the new store on the Upper West Side, and my guests and I had to get there early because the event was being held before the store opened. The nice people at BlogHer and Homegoods, however, provided a nice breakfast spread from WholeFoods, and after a coffee and a bagel, we were ready to shop. Full disclosure: my friends received $50 gift cards, and I received a $100 gift card to spend at the event.
The store was a lot bigger than I thought. Upstairs is kitchen goods, and downstairs is everything else. I stayed upstairs for most of the event. I was looking for a burr grinder since the BF is really into Greek coffee ever since our trip to Greece. Unfortunately, HomeGoods doesn’t carry appliances. No problem, there were a lot of non-appliance goods that I needed.
For example, I needed a wok. In the pan aisle, I found an All-Clad 14″ stainless-steel wok for $109.99. Online it retails for a little under $150. However, I could get a cheapo carbon-steel wok in Chinatown for less than $30. I was conflicted, but after much internal debate, I decided to get it. There was only one and it seemed like a waste not to. By the way, when I got home, I did a little more research and everyone online recommended a carbon-steel wok, but when I texted my friend Taiwai (my authority on everything Chinese), he told me I should keep it. He uses a similar wok at home. He said, “Just choose a heavy wok and start cooking.” I’ll keep it for now. Cooking will commence later.
I also bought an HEB stainless-steel whisk ($5.99), a Cuisinart 9″ springform pan ($9.99), the cutest Le Creuset butter dish ever ($12.99), and since his birthday was coming up, a Hyperpet Dent-A-Tug ($1.99) for Romeo.
For pictures from the event and to see what kitchen products my friends bought, click the slideshow below.
It was a fun event and I was impressed on how clean and well-organized the store was. I’ll be back. HomeGoods is one of those stores you need to visit often if you need a specific item. Inventory is replenished frequently. I still need a cast-iron skillet and a griddle pan with ridges. At the event, another woman in the pan aisle got the last one before I could. D’OH! I may need a larger apartment soon too.
Now the best part, what kitchen item do you need from HomeGoods? Answer in the comments below and one reader picked at random will receive a HomeGoods gift card for $100 from BlogHer. Giveaway ends at the end of the month (6/30, 8pm ET). Please read the rules below. Also, don’t forget BlogHer is still giving away ten $25 HomeGoods gift cards on their Prizes & Promotions page (ends June 30th; certain rules apply). Good luck!
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UPDATE I (7/4/2011) – Happy Independence Day! Hope everyone will be eating something delicious today, BBQ or otherwise. Just wanted to let everyone know, I’ll be announcing a winner in a week, hopefully earlier. Can’t wait to find out who won!
UPDATE II (7/6/2011) – Thank you to everyone who participated, but there can only be one winner and…. THE WINNER IS ANGIE! With a $100 gift card, you can buy lots and lots of cookie sheets! CONGRATS!