When I heard that there was a Homesense opening in Cheltenham I was rather excited; they’re the sister company to TK Maxx but they’re home oriented rather than clothing. I do enjoy TK Maxx but I find going through all of the clothes a bit laborious and tend to end up going there for the home section, mostly. So, essentially, Homesense is my favourite part of TK Maxx times Lots!
I attended the opening of the Cheltenham Homesense last Thursday and it was such a great morning. My lovely friend Pippa had wanted to go so I was able to go without spending a tonne on a taxi but I’m even more pleased that we went together as it was a nice way to spend time with a friend. The opening had a tea party theme and there was tents set up outside with tea and cake, a band and little fun fair like games for people to play too.
And here’s a warning… this is a Very photo heavy post! If you want to just see my written conclusion of the morning and the store then you might want to speed past the photos but the photos Are rather pretty, honest!
All set up like a proper, vintage tea party.
Taken from my Instagram – Lovely cup of tea in vintage cup and saucer and a delicious mini scone with cream and jam.
There was even a band!
We were just parking up when the ribbon was cut so I missed taking photos, I jumped on the chance when I saw them re-staging it though! Even better my friend who works there, now, was holding the ribbon for this one (That’s Cleo on the right)
This was the first thing I saw as I looked around the downstairs part of the store – There’s an amazing selection of home decoration items, really individual items which you need to get the first time you see them as they might not be there a second time – The stock changes really quickly.
More beautiful pieces.
There’s not a lot of pieces of furniture but the ones that there was were beautiful and they’re the sorts of things I’d love to own one day.
Also there was candles, Lots and Lots of candles!
There was endless shelves of beautiful storage ideas, lots and lots and lots!
All the different sections were really nicely colour coded, even the note pads (and that was only half, or a third of the section)
I took a Lot of photos of the kitchen areas, too, but I’m only uploading a few of them as we’re already going a bit OTT on the photos. But oh my gosh, look at the mugs! SO many and I’d happily have most of them in my future home.
I love this style of decorative kitchen ware.
Look at all of these! I mean… you’re getting the idea now? How Much of everything there is.
I was rather satisfied by the colour coded towels… mhmm that’s the sort of thing that impresses me.
And, yes, they had some beauty items too! There was makeup bags, vanity cases, hair care and lots of body care.
There was also a lovely children’s section. Most of it was a bit young for Ethan but there was some toys for slightly bigger children and there was some great book offers too.
Just had to take this pic whilst I was waiting for a till – Cleo smiling with her customer and other members of staff – It really illustrates how all of the staff were, everyone seemed really happy and so very helpful.
The store really did absolutely surpass my expectations. I didn’t expect it to be anywhere as reasonably priced as it was and I couldn’t believe quite how many beautiful things there could be in one building. There was also So much available, each department was full to bursting with exciting and interesting home wares. If you like pretty things for the home then this place is for you, and if you like practical things then this place is Also for you. There’s some higher priced items, of course, but it’s quite representative of how big the item is, how much you’d expect it to be.
I was given a £25 gift card to spend whilst I was at the store so I’ll show you what I bought with it (I went over, a bit, as I bought some bits for my Mum as well, I just couldn’t help it, it was hard enough to limit what I got for myself) – I set myself a bit of a challenge; something for Ethan, something pretty and something practical.
For Ethan I managed to pick up this fantastic wipe clean letters and numbers work book – He has one of these already but not anywhere near as good as this one and it only cost £2.99!
We’ve just discovered how good butter knives really are, I kid you not, So much easier to butter bread there really is a reason they used to be in everyone’s homes! My Mum picked one up on holiday and said she wanted to get some more and when I saw these I just had to get them but I really wanted to get these polka dot and floral ones to keep for when we move out because they’re so pretty and we’re going to need them as buttering actually really hurts my hands. These were £5.99.
My pretty item is this beautiful storage box – It’s not quite A4 but it’s really useful for keeping my note pads and pens and things in, I’ve got so many of them hanging around that it’s really good to have somewhere to keep them all. And SO pretty! This cost £6.99, Pippa got the bigger version for an extra pound.
The last item I bought with my gift card is this long handled, floral dust pan and brush. Might seem a bit boring but I just can’t handle a hoover with my back and sometimes it’s nice to just sweep up some of Ethan’s foody mess between the hoovering being done but, obviously, a normal dust pan and brush is equally as difficult as a hoover (but in a different way) – This thing is a little bit revolutionary for me (And my Mum wants one now!) This cost £9.99.
This is what I got for my Mum. If you’ve seen my wedding flowers you’ll know that my Mum is very much in to crafting so when I saw that they had a section containing some really nice papers I just had to look and I found this Massive block of 12″x12″ papers, it has 180 sheets in it and I Knew she’d love the patterns. It was £7.99 which is a beyond amazing. What I didn’t know, though, is that this set of papers is from about three years ago and my Mum has wanted this for ages so this was an even better find.
As you can see I also got her a set of butter knives for my Mum to have here, I thought she’d like the tea pot design rather than polka dots and flowers – I think they’re rather cute. These were the same price as mine.
Because of the papers, and wanting a long handled dust pan and brush set, my Mum went to the store the day after I did so that she could take a look herself. She managed to get a smaller, but beautiful quality, set of papers, some black paper stock, an art journal and some great kitchen scissors for herself but she didn’t like the only design left that day (yup, all gone That quickly!)
And she bought me something beautiful too! I love these hooks which sit over the door – She might see if she can go back and get a bigger set for me to have and then use this smaller set for the bathroom but obviously depends whether or not they’re still there (High possibility they won’t be with the way stock works there) – These were £6.99 or £7.99 and the bigger set that she wants to go back for is £9.99.
There was some bathroom storage there which I Really loved but we haven’t got the space to keep it for when we move out so I just hope there’s something equally as nice once we move out. We will Definitely be going to Home Sense to stock up on storage, kitchen ware, bathroom stuff and pretty much everything homey when we move out! I think I’ll have to be careful about going there, though, as I’m going to wish I could buy everything, all of the time. If you have a Home sense near by I’d really recommend going and if you don’t keep an eye out for store openings as it was great fun.
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*I was given a gift card to spend at the store opening but all of my thoughts on the store are my own*