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Walmart gets "Home Trends" right with this line


Lots going on in this week’s Lawrence Journal -World . . . with coupons, that is. Look for 4 inserts this week – P&G, RedPlum, SmartSource, and General Mills. There are many worthwhile coupons, so please take advantage. Also, don’t forget your Valentine next Sunday. You’ll get lots of gift ideas this week in your retail ads.

A small insert fell out of my paper this morning that caught my eye. It’s for the trendy line at Walmart called Home Trends. This insert is very well photographed and definitely made me take a closer look. So much so, that I went on line to check out the items and take a trip to my local Walmart to see for myself.

Once all the Christmas decorations come down, and the house gets a good cleaning, I feel like there’s something missing in my décor. I like to perk things up with reasonably priced accessories. So, I decided the Home Trends brand might be a place to start.

Here’s what I found:

I was at the Super Walmart in Lawrence. The selection of items was not as varied as what I had seen on line. Walmart They did have most of what is pictured in the ad.

On the cover, the 25” woven vase with greenery was pretty decent for $13. Would make a nice accent piece.

Throw pillows for $13 were ok. I liked the patterns and colors.

The bedding was very tasteful as well; although I felt there was not a great selection available. There are also coordinating sheet sets with prices that range from $22.88 to $36.88. The sheets are 250 thread count.

I really liked the bathroom accessories, towels, and shower curtains. Nice variety for these items and I did not see anything over $21.00 making for great price points.

The 4x6 area rugs (non-skid backing) for $44 were ok, although limited selection.

The storage box with lid was nice as well for $30. Plus there are 2 other types of storage boxes ($13) – woven and faux leather. Both are pretty spacious and appeared quite sturdy.

I do want to add that the dinnerware sets are worth looking at too. Thirty dollars gets you a 16-piece set. Nice trendy styles and color selection.

I know how many of you may feel about Walmart, and it’s not always positive. But I do feel for certain items and certain price points, you can’t go wrong with this Home Trends line. It’s definitely an upper scale line for Walmart, and I think they got it right especially in terms of style and color. So, if you’re looking to add some trendy accents to your rooms, take a look at this line for some inexpensive items that might give you the look you’re aiming for.


labmonkey 8 years ago

It is almost un-American to shop at Wal-Mart. Millions of manufacturing jobs sent to China, decrease in the quality of goods, mal-treatment of their employees, and much harm done to the environment (if you are truely "green," you would buy American as our pollution laws are some of the strictest in the world). How can you buy this Chinese crap and not think of a job that has permanently left this country?

Cait McKnelly 8 years ago

So how much did WallyWorld pay for this? I know with the economy tanking and everything the LJW has been leaking money like a sieve along with everybody else so I really hope you at least got some free donuts for the employee break room out of this.

Robert Rauktis 8 years ago

More Chinese junk. The dollar's value goes in the crapper with everything else.

Hop2It 8 years ago

I will be positive. Julie seems the nice "Mom" who is trying to giving me neighborly advice. In this day and age, our "friends" are sometimes blogs on the computer.
"Hey look what I what saw..."

It might be thinly veiled advertising. At least it is somewhat veiled. And I like that she is learning how to save money. Not an obnoxious, know-it-all. I like her. I will pretend that she is my new neighbor.

Chris Ogle 8 years ago

Healthcare_Moocher (Anonymous) says…

Complain about China all you want, but if you ever tried to start a business, especially in this town, you too, would go somewhere else

Lawrence is a tough place to open a small business. When will our city leaders realize "they" are the problem???

LadyJ 8 years ago

Here is one of my pet peeves about Wal-mart. On the weekend I check both Wal-mart and Target's clearance shelves. Wal-mart will mark a $20 item down to $19 and put it in their clearance aisle. That is not a clearance price, they would offer a better price when it would be on sale. That said, Target has a lot of home decor items for bed and bath marked down 30% or more along their back wall. I have a couple of things I'm watching and waiting to go down to 50% before I buy. I get all our bedding, curtains, and bath stuff on clearance. I got a great deal on two space heaters at Target yesterday which are 50% off. Some things, if you need them, you can't take a chance that it won't be gone before they mark it 75% off. I am ready for next year if ours from this year go out. I got a $300 portable air conditioner that you roll from room to room at Target last fall for $75.

infidel 8 years ago

I would like to know what a "price point" is? Do you get points or something? Is it a game, or is it just something that doesn't belong in sentence?

julieanderson 8 years ago

LadyJ I do the same thing when I shop at Target. I always check the end-caps and back walls for the clearance items. I also feel that a good price is a good price whether it's one retailer's clearance price or another's regular price.

And for any of you wondering . . . this blog is written as an opinion. We are not compensated by any of the retailers we write about.

eotw33 8 years ago

Thanks for supporting local business

Mariposa 8 years ago

Dear God, you people are a bunch of shopping snobs! Too good to buy something at Walmart where the common folk shop? Me Mum and Dad were devastated when all the Woolies closed down. That was a great store to shop at.

corduroypants 8 years ago

Yeah. What's with these a-holes wanting a "living wage?" Let them eat cake.

Healthcare_Moocher (Anonymous) says… Add to that the living wage, the greenies that want to stop building etc, and it is no wonder Walmart has to get its goods overseas. If you dont like it, then dont shop there. Pretty easy.

labmonkey 8 years ago


Wal-Mart has been the cause of millions of jobs going to China. If you can afford it, you should look at the country of origin of everything you buy. There is a whole saying called "the Wal-Mart effect" that refers to unintended consequences...their tunnel-vision when it comes to lowering prices has hurt many companies and cost thousands of American jobs.

A real "green" person would avoid buying anything from China.

doc1 8 years ago

Khols is the worst at inflating the regular price to make it look like you getting a better deal than you really are. Ever notice that EVERYTHING in that store is marked as on sale. Take a look next time. You won't find an item that isn't listed as being on sale. BTW I worked for Khols for 3 years.

planetwax 8 years ago

WalMart is a cancer that keeps spreading. If we really care about our children's future, we have got to stop WalMart and other corporations from the devastating practice of having everything made in China and then shipped to us. It's an environmental nightmare and cannot be sustained. Not to mention the jobs that are eliminated here and the measly indentured servitude jobs that are created overseas. There IS a cost that won't show up on any accounting books. That is the environmental and human cost. Stop shopping there. It's not cheap, at all. There IS a HIGH cost to LOW prices. And then, start thinking about where your other goods come from, and the TRUE costs of those, too. Dis-ease is not only inflicted by WalMart, but that system is the biggest cancer.

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