1.16.2012

Decorating Your Home on A Budget: Where to Shop~

Howdy everybody!  I'm  really excited today to announce that for the next three months I am partnering with Apartment Guide as an official Apartment Guide Decor Blogger.  Whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space on a budget.  And as an official Apartment  Guide Decor blogger, that's just what I'm going to do as well.  I hope that you all will join me on this bloggy journey as I share tips and ideas for living on a budget.  And to kick things off this month, I am sharing ideas for Decorating on a Budget - which I hope you all realize by now, is one of  my favorite subjects in the whole world!!


Let's get to it...shall we?  The first thing to know about decorating on a budget is where you should shop.  So today I want to share a few of my favorite go-to places for wallet-friendly decor.

  • Thrift Stores:  I know you've heard this a million times, but it's true!  You can find great stuff to beautify your home at Thrift Stores (and in this category I also include Yard/Garage Sales).  But there are a couple of important things to keep in mind if you choose to go this route.  First, you need to have vision.  It's unlikely - although it could happen - that you are going to find things in exactly the state that you will want to use them in your house.  Shopping at thrift stores/yard sales requires patience.  Patience because you almost always have to make several trips to various thrift stores/yard sales to find pieces that will work for you, and patience because you will most likely have to revamp anything you find.  If you are willing to invest the time, however, the results are worth it!

    Bookcase: Expedit by IKEA
  • IKEA:  I. love. IKEA.  Just about anything you need for creating a home can be found at IKEA. I realize that much of what IKEA has to offer is a bit on the contemporary side.  However, they do offer a variety of products that are more traditional...and in my own design philosophy, I believe that even the most traditional space can benefit from injecting a little bit of contemporary decor.
  • Big Box Stores:  Okay, you might be a bit skeptical of this one.  But stores like Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club and the like are great places to purchase bedding, kitchen gadgets and more.

    Lamps from HomeGoods
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods:  These are absolute favorites of mine.  You have to know, however, that if you see something you love at one of these stores, you should probably buy it right then, because it's unlikely that it will be there the next time you go.  Case in point, the lamps pictured above.  I get more inquiries about those lamps from readers of my blog than just about any other decor pieces in my home, and I got them for a steal at HomeGoods.

    Bunkbeds from local Warehouse Store
  • Warehouse or Outlet Stores:  You can get fabulous deals at these sorts of stores, but you  have to be aware that many of their pieces may have slight flaws.  If you can live with that, however, you can get some great name-brand pieces at a fraction of their retail prices.  And don't be afraid to haggle a bit about the prices.  We purchased the bunkbeds in our boys' room from a warehouse store, and got an additional $50 off the already discounted price because we weren't afraid to ask!
If you are a savvy shopper, it is possible to create a high-end look on a budget.  Take it from me.  Absolutely everything in my house is budget-friendly.  The key is to be patient.  Take time.  Have a plan and stick to it.   Both your design aesthetic and your wallet can be happy at the same time.

Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. have partnered with bloggers like me as Official Apartment Guide Bloggers. As part of this program, I have received compensation. They have not told me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

21 comments:

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Great POST!! AGREE:-)

Eclectically Vintage said...

I agree - love thrift shops, Home Goods and TJ Maxx and of course Tar Jay!
Kelly

Bama Girl said...

Yes, patience is the key if you want to shop on a budget. The advice you gave is key to people who want to get out of debt, but still have nice things. I'm speaking for myself because, I'm still waiting on some nice plates to go on my dining room table! Blessings from Bama!

Stacey Queen of Rants and Ramblings said...

I just wrote a post about this last night... These are great ideas... I hope you don't mind I have directed people to your blogto check out this post...

http://fluffforthemindlessreader.blogspot.com/2012/01/furnishing-with-finds.html

adventuresindinner said...

Great post! So true, if you have plan and keep your eye open you can create something fabulous for very little. I always think those designer houses just seem cold.

adventuresindinner said...

PS I'm not sure if I should ask, remove this cooment if you'd prefer, but I'm hosting a 'Beat The Winter Blues' party on Saturday (my first solo) and would be thrilled if you popped by :-)

MyChampagneTaste said...

I like this post...and your are totally right about IKEA , it is more on the contemprorary side but the best designed space are the one who are combinign traditional and contemperory ( mix and match) Im having 2 posts about ikea...It should be a tradition for me coz they called bye bye ikea and the other one bye bye ikea again :)
if you have time plz come visit my blog

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Don't forget to "shop" family and friends. So many people have an excess of items stuffed into forgotten corners of the closet, garage, basement or attic. In most cases, people are more than happy for you to take it, as they don't have to schlep it for donation or have the hassle of a yard-sale.

Jamie -Better With Age said...

I couldn't agree more! My favourite finds are from stores you've listed above. I love your blog ;)

Deanna said...

Great post and congrats on the Apartment Guide gig! Usually finding the perfect piece is all about timing - like with those lamps from Home Goods. You have to be open to finding the right piece at the right price and be willing to tweak it if necessary. I also think yard sales are a great place to find items for a steal. And love the idea from Tonya's comment about "shopping" friends and family. I had not really thought of that before.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Awesome round up, Wendy! I frequent all of those, but haven't been in Ikea in a while... I feel a shopping trip coming on. :)

Designology Interiors said...

I've never left Homegoods empty-handed! They have the best accessories and lamps. Thanks for sharing this great round up!

Jamie said...

I do most of this type of shopping already. It's good to know that I'm on the right track! Very cool post! :)
P.S. So true about Home Goods. Buy it when you see it! I've learned that one the hard way.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

So true about TJMaxx and Marshall's, I've been looking for a tray and past one up at TJ's, now I could kick myself, I know it won't be there when I get there again!

Rondell♥

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

I know a lot of people dont have these but Hobby Lobby's are great as well. Ecspecially if you print of their weekly 40% off coupon. Some of the stuff is overpriced but be selective and you can find the cutest stuff to compliment your home. Loooove TJ Maxx and Marshalls as well!

HG Insider said...

What wonderful lamps you found! And great tip for shoppers to buy their favorite items right away!

Jamie Webb said...

You were spot on with picking out those lamps, I want them!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I'm going to go crazy at Ikea after we move into the new house! And I'll definitely have to give Home Goods a try! One of them just opened at the local mall.

Sugu said...

Thank you,
The given information is very effective.
I'l keep update with the same.

home decoration and accessories

Sugu said...

Thank you,
The given information is very effective.
I'l keep update with the same.

song

Sugu said...

Thank you,
The given information is very effective.
I’ll keep updated with it.

Fairy Queen