I'm not a frequent shopper at Big Lots but I do find myself in there every once in awhile, including a couple of days ago. I was in search of fly swatters and came up empty handed. But I did spot several Pottery Barn look alikes that I had to share. Who knew you could go to Big Lots with Pottery Barn taste and actually be able to come out with something in your cart. Now I'm a believer!
Big Lots doesn't have all of their items listed online, and those items that are online can still only be purchased in store. It's just the nature of their market, so you may or may not find similar items in your local store. I've linked things where I could to their online listings. So let's get started in housewares.
First up are these Mason Jar Mugs which are so popular it is almost harder to name a housewares retailer that doesn't carry a version of these. Don't be deceived by the packaging which declares this to be an 8 piece set. Yep, they are counting the lids as a "piece" so this is really $8 for 4 mugs. A great deal and looks so much like the super expensive Pottery Barn version
Set of 6 Retails for $33
(and for the record, they do not come with lids)
Next up I spotted this familiar dinnerware pattern.
A dead ringer for the Pottery Barn Emma Dinnerware Collection if ever saw one, and I have seen many. I guess there is something about the beaded edges that says "classic" and "marketable". I really like the red color of the Big Lots version. That's not an option at Pottery Barn, but when you are only paying $39.99 for a 16 Piece Set, you can afford to get a set of dishes in a bold bright color that you might only use on holidays.
16 Piece Set Retails for $168
My next find were these plastic hob nob drink tumblers. Pottery Barn used to have a whole line of hobnob (or hobnail) glass items. The style was made popular in the 1940's and I'm a sucker for the vintage look.
These tumblers are sold individually for $2.50 each.
I was a little worried about comparing them to the Pottery Barn Glass items until I found these on Pinterest:
Set of 6 Retailed for $39
These are no longer available, but just knowing that they used to be makes this LAL find all the sweeter. And in case you were wondering, what makes these suitable for the outdoors is that they aren't glass. They are made of shatterproof plastic, just like our Big Lots LALs!
And if plastic drinkware isn't fancy enough for your idea of entertaining, check out this Big Lots find:
Pretty much all the brands we cover have their own version of traditional and stemless wine glasses. Big Lots' versions are just $8 for a set of four.
Set of 6 Retails for $51-$72
Have you started planning your own trip to Big Lots? If you spot a look alike, take a picture and send me a message so we can all be in the know. Sharing is Caring! Stay tuned for part two of my Big Lots trip... The Furniture Department....