How To Be Frugal When Decorating Your Home
My Thrifty Home Background
When my husband and I bought our first home, we were a long ways from having the money we needed to decorate it elegantly. Not only that, but we were a long ways from owning anything nice, period!
Sure, we'd gotten wedding gifts such as small appliances, pots and pans, and kitchen utensils. But what we really needed was furniture, end tables, bedroom night stands, kitchen chairs, bar stools - the list could have gone on and on.
We've lived in our home now for a year and a half and I have it all decorated except for our master bedroom (which is a work in progress!) So with this hub, I wanted to share my tips on how to decorate your home while being thrifty and frugal! Trust me, it's possible. And it can really be a lot of fun!
1. Check Out Thrift Stores
The places that I most frequently visit for home decor and accessories are thrift stores. Usually Goodwill, because I seem to have the most luck there. Here I can always count on finding usually some type of once-given gift baskets that have ended up just being a beautiful basket. These are wonderful for holding kids toys, books, and little odds and ends.
Thrift stores are also great places to find lamps that can be stained, painted or sometimes just cleaned. I bought my nightstands at Goodwill and stained them a dark mahogany, they turned out beautifully!
I've also found a large cheval floor mirror for $30, a brand new large, comfy Target chair for $35 and all kinds of tables or stands that you'll find throughout my home.
Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal decor (Christmas decor, Easter, Halloween, etc) as you will usually find it in abundance there and you will be able to use it year after year without paying retail for it!
Some of my thrift projects
How often do you visit thrift stores?
2. Stop For Garage Sales
I once met a woman who told me she's 'past going to garage sales' and I couldn't believe it. How could you ever be past finding great deals? Every time that I go to a garage sale, I get excited about what new little treasure I will discover there. I've found so many great things at these sales, that I can't help but get my hopes up. Don't be afraid to dig, because anything worth finding is worth digging for!
Don't expect every yard sale to be extravagant and don't judge a sale by it's curb appeal. You never know what you will find inside!
Do you stop for garage sales?
3. Make Your List to Scout For
Whenever I think of something that I want to find or work on, I add to my (always growing) note in my phone. It's a good reminder for myself when I get to stop somewhere on a whim and look around.
Need some ideas for what to search for? Hop on Pinterest. You'll find all kinds of ideas for home decor or furniture and much of it is upcycled or just cleaned up. There are so many great and unique home decor ideas on Pinterest, it's definitely my go-to for all things home.
Last but not least in making your list, share it with family or friends that frequent garage sales or thrift stores. Also jot down on your list things that they are looking for. You'd be surprised what extent this can pay off to!
Creative Decorating on a Budget
4. What to Buy New
Some things aren't worth buying second-hand. You don't want to bring bed bugs in, you don't want to be missing parts, and you don't want to inherit something dangerous. For this reason, it's best to buy the following items from a retail store:
- Pillows or Bedding
- Bunk Beds
- Computer Components
- Large Appliances
5. Keep on Craigslist
Naturally you need to be careful when you go to check out your items, but you can certainly find lots of great stuff on here! I found my office desk and some storage drawers on Craigslist for an unbeatable price. But I'm also one of those people who don't pay full price for anything. Why would you, if you could get it for half off if not more?
Just because it's not on there one day, doesn't mean you struck out. Check out Craigslist every couple days because you don't want to miss out on something when it's posted fresh! Other people are looking for great deals too, so don't give them the upper hand!
My Recent Entry Way Transformation
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