Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley turn to mom for help with the shopping
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Sorry ladies, PEOPLE’s Hottest Bachelor Chace Crawford already has a special woman in his life to help decorate his brand new bachelor pad: His mom.

He’s also not the only Gossip Girl actor on the move. He and his mother actually ran into costar Penn Badgley on a recent trip to look for lamps at Crate and Barrel.

“He was with his mom shopping for his new place, too,” Crawford told PEOPLE at a Manhattan launch party for the BlackBerry Tour smartphone from Sprint. “It was really funny. I was like, ‘What are we doing here, man?’ And he’s like, I don’t know. Right now it looks like we came together with our moms to Crate and Barrel. What’s going on?’ It was embarrassing.”

But Crawford, who moved out of the apartment he shared with Ed Westwick – also recently spotted furniture shopping – says his new digs are coming along.

“I’ve got a nice leather couch and a leather chair. The big flat-screen TV came in today, and I hung it up. As long as there’s a good couch and a good TV, that’s all I need,” he said.

It’s a good thing he’s got a place to relax. Crawford has been busy training for Footloose and filming his hit TV show around N.Y. C.

Talking to Tourists

“It’s summertime now, so the tourists are all out. It’s even more energy! Even more hysteria,” he told PEOPLE, adding that he’ll sometimes take a break to talk to out-of-towners.

“I know how excited these girls are,” said the Texas-born Crawford. “[The other day] I came up and I could tell these fans were being really nice and shy. I was like, ‘Come on, you’re not from New York, are you? You guys are, like, Southern girls.’ And they’re like, ‘No way! We are from Oklahoma!’ I can spot them Those are my homegirls.”

As for honeys in his real-life – brace yourself, gals – Crawford admits he has been dating this summer, and has found ways to stay out of the paparazzi eye.

“It’s tough, but I have my ways. I’ve adapted. I’ve got my spots,” he grinned.