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HomeGoods Sweepstakes Part II – NYC

June 20, 2011 | 41 Comments
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butter dish modeled by steph @ homegoods cynthia rowley @ homegoods

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.

all clad wok from homegoods

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.

my new whisk & cake pan from homegoods

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.

romeo with his new toy from homegoods

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!

No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by email. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.

UPDATE I (7/4/2011) ā€“ 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) ā€“ 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!

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  • amy marantino at 1:55 pm on June 20, 2011

    i need a microplane/zester. and an ice cream maker!

  • esther at 1:58 pm on June 20, 2011

    I don’t have a whisk or a wok, so I would lovveeeee either of those things!

  • Christina Shean at 2:31 pm on June 20, 2011

    OMG! I love HomeGoods. I think half the things in my kitchen and in my house are from this store.

    I love a good bargain on quality products. I would love anything that would add to my collection!

  • someguy at 3:00 pm on June 20, 2011

    I need that stainless steel wok so I can swing at that elusive mouse as I stand on my chair all squeamish!

  • sp at 5:06 pm on June 20, 2011

    i need a pressure cooker/canner, or alternately a really big stock pot. food isn’t just going to preserve itself during the apocalypse…

  • Jenny at 5:07 pm on June 20, 2011

    I will need a nice indoor grill. I always want to grill but don’t want to have hassle with charcoal grill I have.

  • aldean at 5:09 pm on June 20, 2011

    well, for starters, i need new cookie sheets and a new 9 x 13 pan… :)

  • Andrew at 5:12 pm on June 20, 2011

    I need a salad spinner. And there looked like a few neat ones in the new UWS store when I went on Sunday!

  • Taiwai at 10:34 am on June 21, 2011

    I hope they sell rabbit corkscrews. I hate to spend more than 10 seconds opening a bottle.

  • Danny at 11:15 am on June 21, 2011

    look at those hands holding the butter dish! butter dishes are awesome.

  • Katie at 12:30 pm on June 21, 2011

    I want all new everyday dishes! They always have really cute patterns at HomeGoods.

  • hungry at 12:46 pm on June 21, 2011

    I really could replace my dish towels and get a couple more silpats.

  • bionicgrrrl at 2:34 pm on June 21, 2011

    @Danny – Aside from my BF, the best hand model ever!

  • Lesley Mitchell at 1:47 am on June 22, 2011

    I’m in desperate need of new dishes! Great giveaway!

  • Ann Cary at 5:56 am on June 22, 2011

    I need a couple new pizza pans. Mine are 20 plus years old. Think they might need to be replaced.

  • Linda at 8:02 am on June 22, 2011

    I need a new set of oven mitts and could do with a new saucepan!

  • Luanne at 4:56 pm on June 22, 2011

    I want some of the square dishes – square bowls – square platters – square dishes!!! Have never been to Home Goods but would love an early morning shopping spree

  • Susan at 5:25 pm on June 22, 2011

    I need anything Le Creuset!! My one dutch oven is lonely!

  • Sharon at 1:19 am on June 23, 2011

    I need a new strainer and a garlic press. And a juicer!

  • Yvo at 2:33 am on June 23, 2011

    I <3 Homegoods… I have spent way too much money there in the past. I got a sweet rug there when I was first shopping for the apartment for like $300… an 8×10 which apparently means it was cheap (having had no experience with rug purchasing, I was like WTF but my sister was all NO THAT'S CHEAP STUPID… haha).

    I have been meaning to check out the new UWS store though, I only just found out about it. Sounds great. Since I've just started baking… I would go with some baking stuff… like that Springform pan or some cake pans to start since I don't even have those, haha.

  • Bran at 10:42 am on June 23, 2011

    Homegoods is great! I got some pillows and a few things from their gourmet packaged foods section. I’ll definitely go back, I saw crystal glasses and a great Vera Wang serving plate.
    I tweeted about it too :)

  • Yin at 10:12 pm on June 23, 2011

    I definitely need a new wok! Mine is really old and not working that great…:(

  • Michelle at 1:24 am on June 24, 2011

    I need a blender and a nonstick skillet!

  • Peggy at 8:28 am on June 24, 2011

    I can’t think of anything at Homegoods that I DON’T need :). If they have it – I need it.

  • Marilyn at 5:53 pm on June 24, 2011

    I love this blog and really love Home Goods, shop at my local one atleast once a week! I would love to be a winner.

  • Susan Smith at 3:26 pm on June 25, 2011

    I’d get some pots and pans as mine are so old.

  • Susan Smith at 3:26 pm on June 25, 2011!/susan1215/status/84703741810458624

  • Norma at 7:50 pm on June 25, 2011

    I need a new sauce pot!

  • LAMusing at 7:51 pm on June 25, 2011

    I could use some new knives (mine are cheap and old and dull)

  • Amber at 9:50 pm on June 26, 2011

    oooh nice, I’d love some new bakeware and kitchen goods. Thanks!

  • Amber at 9:50 pm on June 26, 2011

    I tweeted:!/roomofmyown/status/85162891157839873

  • Ruthie Rosenstock at 12:43 pm on June 27, 2011


  • Ruthie Rosenstock at 12:44 pm on June 27, 2011

    I would love some new pyrex dishes and a bright clock for my kitchen.

  • Jill L at 6:52 pm on June 27, 2011

    I really need a flour sifter. If I couldn’t find it, I would get some of the cool colored knives that I have seen there.

  • Jill L at 6:53 pm on June 27, 2011


  • angie at 1:55 pm on June 28, 2011

    I love me some HomeGoods! WONDERFUL place to feed my soy candle addiction at at least 1/2 the price! They also have a GREAT selection of eco-friendly/green stuffs that I love to rummage thru! I could really use some new cookie sheets that are not covered in that toxic non-stick coating!

  • angie at 1:56 pm on June 28, 2011

    I tweeted here:!/FotoMacro/status/85766693963563008

  • kolpin at 11:47 pm on June 30, 2011

    iā€™d love to get a salad spinner.

  • kolpin at 11:52 pm on June 30, 2011


  • angie at 3:31 pm on July 6, 2011

    Thanks SOOOO much! Just got/responded to your email!!!

  • bionicgrrrl at 3:41 pm on July 6, 2011

    @angie – You’re welcome! Hope you make lots of delicious cookies with your new cookie sheets!

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