Why I Bought This Ugly Pillow

Like most people, I usually scan the clearance aisle any time I’m out shopping.

I love a deal…

Which is why I bought this ugly pillow…with her horrible pattern and polyester fabric.


BUT the beauty was on the inside.

The pillow was on clearance for only $7.oo at Home Goods.


And it had a feather pillow insert with a zipper fabric cover…BONUS!



SO, for only $7.00 I have a great feather pillow insert and a shell of fabric to use as my pattern when I make a new one!

Next time you see an ugly pillow on the clearance aisle…

Check out what’s on the inside, you just might hit the clearance aisle JACKPOT!

Thanks for spending some time

At Home with the Barkers,




  1. Hi Sonya,
    I LOVE an awesome deal! Clearance aisles and tables are my favorite. Got to be able to look at the potential underneath the ugly!
    Hugs & Blessings …
    Simply Fresh Vintage

  2. Hi Sonya,
    I LOVE the clearance aisles… you just never know what you might find. I think my best score might have been beautiful drum lamp shades on clearance at Walmart for $5 each… that is a fab price for a brand new large white drum shade. I used them on thrifted lamps that I painted in several spots in the house. Glad you came over to The Happy Housie today because now I have found your great little blog!! See you again soon,

    1. I would love to find a great deal like that for lamp shades…they can really be expensive!

  3. Love the pillow idea! I will be on the lookout! I know how expensive feather pillows can be! Love your blog! We are practically neighbors. I live in NC. I have a son born in ’98 as well and a daughter in ’02. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looking forward to reading more posts.
    – Laurie

    1. Yes, we are neighbors! And we apparently have lots in common. Nice to meet you!

  4. I’m a clearance girl too! šŸ˜‰ Fabulous find there! Can’t wait to see what you do with it (and I agree, it was super ugly!!lol)

    1. Funny Nancy…My daughter asked me what if some one likes the pillow and I offend them, lol.

  5. I have bought a ton of ugly ugly pillows at good will because of the expensive inside feather pillow insert. All the pillows were under 3.00 and all I had to do was sew my own cover. BIG SCORE

  6. I always go into Good Will and squeeze all the pillows looking for the feather pillow inserts. I always get sort of odd looks but I know inside that super ugly pillow that’s 1.99 is an expensive feather pillow insert. I once bought 2 pillows that were so ugly I hated to be seen with them . I sew and make new covers for them and have beautiful pillows for cheap. “Don’t judge a pillow by its cover!!! “

  7. 18″ feather inserts and 16″ x 24″ feather inserts are $7.00 at IKEA every day. 24″ x 24″ are $11.00

    1. I know, Ikea has some great things…too bad the closest one to me is 130 miles.

  8. Not only can you use the ugly pillow cover for a pattern but that Black zipper can be used for the new pillow cover or something else that needs a zipper. I do things like this too.

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