Canadian Prairie Girl's Maiden Voyage To Hobby Lobby!

Today I'm steering away from my usual DIY projects to share a funny story about this Canadian Prairie Girl's maiden voyage to Hobby Lobby.

Last week I accompanied Mr. Frugalista on a business trip to Southern Ontario. My friend Denise, the wife of Mr. Frugalista's colleague, and I headed south to enjoy some cross-border retail therapy while the husbands were at the office.

It's been on my bucket list for years to visit Hobby Lobby for the first time. We don't have any stores in Canada and the closest to my home in Alberta is over an eleven-hour drive.

A funny story about a Canadian Prairie girl's first shopping trip to Hobby Lobby!

Canadian Prairie Girl's First Trip To Hobby Lobby

Since I started blogging, I've been so jealous seeing all the amazing products my American blogging friends find at Hobby Lobby for their projects, and at such amazing prices.

So when Denise pulled into the parking lot for this Canadian prairie girl's first shopping trip to Hobby Lobby, I couldn't get out of the car fast enough.

When we entered, my eyes looked like a dear in headlights. I stood in the doorway with my jaw dropped to the floor while I took it all in.

I looked to the left, then to the right, and wondered how on earth I choose an aisle when all I wanted to do was run in every direction.

The first aisle we went down was the seasonal aisle and I was like a kid in a candy store admiring the vast array of Christmas decorations.

I hope I wasn't too embarrassing for Denise as I shrieked, OMG, look at that! Did you see this? I can't believe these prices!

An adorable wooden sleigh ornament purchased during Canadian girl's first trip to Hobby Lobby.

But when we hit the holy grail...

a.k.a. the knobs and hardware aisle, I swear I heard angels sing!

This furniture upcycling gal could have plopped herself down in the middle of the aisle bawling like an over-stimulated toddler. So much furniture knob eye candy in one place for this prairie girl to comprehend. How do you pick when there are so many choices?

Back home it is always a challenge to find unique furniture knobs and pulls for my furniture makeovers. It's hit and miss and most often the only place I find them is at boutique stores at a premium price.

An assortment of beautiful furniture knobs purchased during Canadian girl's first trip to Hobby Lobby.

Pictured above are a few of my choices from that maiden voyage to Hobby Lobby. I'll be sharing the furniture and home decor makeovers I used them on further down in the post.

It was such a letdown remembering we were flying home and having to restrain myself from filling the shopping cart.

After three hours of pure retail joy, we decided to leave. Truthfully, I could have easily stayed another three.

I think Hobby Lobby needs a Starbucks in the center of their stores. Shop, refuel with caffeine and keep on keeping on.

Furniture/Decor Makeovers With Knobs From Hobby Lobby

As promised, these are the furniture and home decor makeovers that I used some of the beautiful knobs purchased during my maiden voyage to Hobby Lobby.

I've yet to stumble on any of these gorgeous furniture knobs locally and this prairie girl needs another cross-border trip to Hobby Lobby to replenish my stash.

Geometric Stencilled Dresser Makeover

A pretty geometric stencilled dresser makeover with square white knobs from voyage to Hobby Lobby.

Black Waterfall Hutch Makeover

A lovely black waterfall hutch makeover with pretty mercury glass knobs from voyage to Hobby Lobby.

Vintage Waterfall Dresser Makeover

A vintage waterfall dresser makeover with lovely mercury glass tear drop knobs from voyage to Hobby Lobby.

Beach Wedding Card Box Upcycle

An upcycled beach wedding card box with a pretty white knob from voyage to Hobby Lobby.

Elegant Wedding Gift Keepsake Box

An elegant upcycled wedding gift keepsake box with a pretty white knob from voyage to Hobby Lobby.

Other Purchases From Maiden Voyage To Hobby Lobby

After stopping for lunch on that exciting shopping day, we went to Joanne's and Kirkland's, also stores we don't have in Canada. Aside from the heavy lot of furniture knobs, I also came home with this cute metal coffee mug wall art for my kitchen.

Metal coffee mug wall decor purchased during Canadian girl's first trip to Hobby Lobby.

And this adorable oversized metal coffee mug to hold coffee k-cups for our Keurig coffee maker.

Large metal coffee mug K-cup holder purchased during Canadian girl's first trip to Hobby Lobby.

I couldn't resist this Christmas pillow, the green color looks so good on the red-painted fabric wing chair in our living room.

Green Merry holiday lumbar pillow purchased during Canadian girl's first trip to Hobby Lobby.

I have a thing for bird decor and when I saw the silver Noel Cardinal, I couldn't resist. I also got the adorable skate toothpick holder pictured below on the right.

Silver Noel Bird and Skate Toothpick Holder purchased during Canadian girl's first trip to Hobby Lobby.

On Saturday morning, Mr. Frugalista and I had to go shopping again...

to find an extra carry-on bag to haul my retail therapy home on the plane!

A Canadian gal's first voyage to Hobby Lobby and having to purchase an extra carry-on luggage bag to take purchases home on the plane.

Clearly, this prairie girl needs to get out of her bubble more often. Oh, Hobby Lobby how I wish thee were in Canada! 🙏🏻

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  1. I love this post Marie... mostly because I can SO RELATE! Everytime Andrea and I visit a Hobby Lobby we are there for a couple of hours for sure. I love your idea of a STarbucks to refuel! hehe XOXO

    1. I'm so jealous it's a hop skip and a jump for you and Andrea to head to the Niagara Falls, NY store for furniture hardware and other goodies. The was struck by the sheer size of the store and everything it has to offer! One day I would love to accompany Mr. Frugalista on a business trip and join the two of you for some HL retail therapy! xoxo

  2. It used to be a long trip or an online order for us. When we finally did get one COVID hit and we weren't going anywhere. I do hope to get back to shopping in person more frequently again.

    1. Enjoy those trips to HL again. I wish it were easier for us to shop in person or not so expensive to have things shipped.

  3. Loved this post! My favorite knob was the one that looked like a clock - too cute!

    1. Thanks Terry, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this post! The clock knob is my favorite too and I've yet to use it on a project. It's waiting for just the right piece.


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