Granted, Garden Ridge’s location at 5401 Beacon Drive, Irondale, AL 35210 is a bit off the beaten path (in a near-empty shopping center near the I-20/Kilgore Memorial interchange). However, don’t let the location deter you.
If you are looking for the widest selection of outdoor inflatables, artificial trees, lighting, ornaments and greenery, it’s well worth the trip.
Garden Ridge is a huge, warehouse-style, home décor retailer offering a large inventory at bargain pricing. The Birmingham Garden Ridge store has about 600 square feet devoted to mirrors alone, and a similarly-sized section just for bar stools. Yes, it is almost overwhelming.
Christmas / Holiday Decorations: There are 10 aisles of ornaments assorted by color and shape. The selection of outdoor decorations is practically unmatched in the city, with over 25 different outdoor inflatables and about 30 different wooden or metal signs similar to those you might find in a specialty gift shop. (Neighbors, please be judicious in your use of inflatables. They can be overdone, you know). Besides every shape and length of artificial greenery, they have pink and purple Christmas trees (wouldn’t your daughter love to have one in her bedroom?)
Don’t depend on coupons or ads for deals. While the store will offer savings during Thanksgiving weekend, overall, its focus is low prices every day. This means very little advertising, few coupons and a no-frills retail experience.
In Birmingham, the inventory is well-organized and the staff is meticulous about maintaining that organization (i.e. you won’t find a box of red ornaments glaring in the silver section). The employees know the inventory well, particularly given the size, and are helpful.
Note: If you make the trip to the Birmingham Garden Ridge, visit Hannah Paige. Hannah Paige is a children’s clothing store offering both consignment and high-end, new clothing for children. They have a great selection at competitive pricing. Check out BirminghamMom Coupons for a recent discount.