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Assembly is required for most furniture bought at IKEA and Target.

We shopped at IKEA and Target to see which is a better place to buy inexpensive furniture. Here’s the verdict.

IKEA and Target both sell tons of inexpensive furniture and home decor. But after shopping at both, we found one had better prices and perks for shoppers. See which store is better.
Lord & Taylor's flagship store will be closed by the end of the year.

We went shopping at one of New York City’s most famous department stores as it prepares to close for good. Here’s what it was like.

Lord & Taylor is closing its flagship store after over 100 years in business. Parent company Hudson's Bay said it expects to close up to 10 of its nearly 50 Lord & Taylor locations through 2019. We visited Lord & Taylor in its final months — here's what it's like now.
All three craft stores had a ton of seasonal products on sale.

We visited Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann to see which was a better arts-and-crafts store, and there was a clear winner

Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann Stores are three of the biggest arts-and-crafts giants in the country. We visited each store and found that one of them had a lot more to offer than the other two. Here's the verdict.
Mattress Firm's storefronts advertise their financing options.

Mattress Firm just filed for bankruptcy and is closing hundreds of stores — here’s what it’s like to shop there

Mattress Firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday. As part of its bankruptcy restructuring, it said it could close as many as 700 stores.
Spirit Halloween sells all sorts of costumes and Halloween-related merchandise.

Take a look inside the massive, 1,000-store chain that only operates in the run-up to Halloween

Spirit Halloween has more than 1,000 stores across the United States, but they're only open for a few months each year. Here's what it's like to shop at the pop-up Halloween store giant.
It seemed like everything was on sale at Pier 1.

We went shopping at Pier 1 Imports and saw why it’s struggling to keep up with Amazon and TJ Maxx

Pier 1 Imports has had a rough couple of quarters. Analysts — and its own CEO — point to the fact that it isn't as trendy as competitors, and its stores are often cluttered and hard to navigate. Here's what we found when we visited.
Amazon 4-star featured deals of the day, top-rated products, and other features similar to the website.

Amazon just opened a new store that sells only its best products. Here’s what it’s like to shop there.

Amazon just opened a store called Amazon 4-star that sells only the retailer's top-rated products. The products are less expensive for Prime members, and there are similar features to the website, like customer reviews and product bundles. Here's what it's like to shop there.
We found an extensive selection of designer handbags at Nordstrom Rack.

We went shopping at TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack to see which was a better discount store, and the winner was clear

TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack both sell on-trend pieces at affordable prices, but which store does it best? We visited New York City locations of each to find out.
Hollister was dimly lit, and most products still had a Hollister logo on them.

We went shopping at Hollister and saw how it could be Abercrombie’s secret weapon

Hollister is generally priced lower than Abercrombie and tends to support it similarly to how Old Navy supports Gap. It's meant to appeal to a younger crowd of shoppers and has a California-inspired theme.
J.Crew is starting to look more like its sister store, Madewell.

J.Crew is trying out a new look, but it still hasn’t fixed one of customers’ biggest complaints. Here’s what it’s like to shop...

J.Crew is leaving behind its preppy roots to become more like its sister store Madewell. The styles are more trendy, and there are more styles on offer, but we still found one big flaw when we visited. Here's what the store is like now.