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!
- 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.
|Bookcase: Expedit by IKEA|
- 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.
|Lamps from HomeGoods|
- 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!
|Bunkbeds from local Warehouse Store|
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