I have slooooowly been working on making our house a personalized home. It’s fun and I love being creative, but it isn’t an easy task. Making a personalized home is both time-consuming and expensive. Along our journey, I’ve learned a few great sources for decorating on a budget. Here are a few of my favorites.
Goodwill and Yard Sales or Estate Sales
This is a big duh I’m sure, but worth mentioning of course! I haven’t been to a ton of yard sales, but I have still found some great items. As for Goodwill or other thrift stores, my number one tip is to go to a thrift store in or near a nice neighborhood. I think often when people are selling their house or even the house of a relative, they don’t feel like dealing with selling things, so they just donate it. You can find estate sale quality type furniture for super cheaper. Like how I found my credenza and end table (which I then spruced up – check out my linked posts – I only paid $25 for that credenza!)
Homegoods / TJ Maxx / Marshall’s
These are great places to find some affordable furniture pieces, but also accessories like mirrors, decorations, art, picture frames, pillows, etc. I know lots of you probably already shop at these places, but it’s a good reminder to keep doing it! Of course check out the sale sections. Also you can buy pillows with ugly, but removable, covers and replace the covers with cuter ones. You can usually find some good sale ugly pillows!
Hand me downs
Accept reasonable hand me downs from family and friends, especially if they are still in good or great condition. Don’t take something just because it is free though. Make sure it is actually something you can use. Plus you can sometimes get some great family heirlooms or mementos. A great example is that I have my grandfather’s old desk that I use as a vanity. It’s the perfect size and is in great condition.
Discount stores like Garden Ridge
Not sure if this store is all over the country but they have some cheap decor and great seasonal items. I get lots of Christmas decorations from there (especially after the holidays) and also have some cheap but pretty vases from there too.
Amazon has everything and you can find some great home items. When I was looking for a bar cart, Amazon had some great options. You can also get things like lamps, pillows, frames, etc.
Other online sites – like Joss and Main, One Kings Lane, Overstock.com and OpenSky
I’ve gotten some great items from each of these sites. Great prices and shipped right to your door. Love it. My bar/wine rack is an old purchase from Joss and Main and I love it.
Cheap rugs! ‘Nuff said. This one is from there and has served us well so far. This site has some great sales on random holidays for like 70% off or more. So stalk it and bide your time!
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I am a mature life and style blogger, meaning I am no longer a youth, not that i cannot be immature at times. I love sharing all of the pieces of my life, travel, clothes, crafts, food, music and my cat. During the week I have an emphasis on clothes but always with a story.
1 Adventure in 2014: Lots more travel, heading to Orlando in May, ( already had a two week vacay on a cruise ship and in Miami),
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3 Words to Describe A Labour Of Life:. Life, Fashion, Fun.
Treat Yo’ Self, Linda! I treat ma self ( LOL) by experiencing all I want to experience, I try not to hold back if I want something or want to go somewhere, life is to short for regrets
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