Best Places and Best Times to Shop for Home Goods

Couple with shopping bags

Calling my smart-shopping, bargain-hunting, kindred-spirits!

Several years back HGTV Magazine published an article on the best times to shop for items needed for the home.  When I teach interior decorating, my students are thrilled to get these tips and you may be, too!

Manufacturers do have sales on home products that correspond with everything from new year’s resolutions to gifts for wedding season and inventory clearance before new furniture lines come out.

flooring, linens, paint, scales and fitness equipment, storage items, wall ovens

furniture, humidifiers, mattresses, snow blowers, TVs

china, garden and lawn care products, luggage, plants, vacuum cleaners

cookware, gas grills, lawn equipment, office furniture, replacement windows, vacuum cleaners

air conditioners, mattresses, office furniture, paint and wood stains, refrigerators

Summer months in general: indoor furniture

blenders, dishware, irons, power tools

decking and wood, dishware, home accessories, major appliances, mattresses, paint and wood stains

air conditioners, dehumidifiers, flooring, linens, patio furniture, perennials and shrubs, storage containers, vacuum cleaners

Fall months in general: major appliances (with the best prices in November)

beds, bookcases, chairs, gardening supplies and plants, home accessories, mattresses, replacement windows

small appliances, lawn equipment, patio furniture, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

cookware, flooring, thermostats, TVs – and just about anything for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

carpet cleaners and steam mops, cookware, power tools, TVs

HGTV Magazine recommends some of my favorite shopping venues, too: TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, IKEA, Target, World Market (the closest ones to Quincy are located in Salem and Framingham, MA but you can always shop online for this one; I first discovered their store in San Francisco), and thrift or consignment stores.  Recommended online picks include Etsy for quilts, art, and home accessories and Craig’s List and for free or bargain-priced used items.

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Barbara Graceffa, aka Secretary of the Interior, offers creative solutions at reasonable rates. Learn more about her services and workshops at, and see her traditional and art quilts on Instagram @secretaryinteriordecorating.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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