Today I am going to share my top 5 ways to save money on home decor. I’m sure many people are familiar with popular home design names such as Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware and West Elm, however their prices tend to be exorbitant and out of reach for most people. I confess while I love these stores and their designs I have never purchased anything from them due to the cost, this is because I am young (a recent collage grad) and have a limited budget, so the high price drove me away. But having a limited budget doesn’t mean that I don’t buy new home accessories and decor that look just as good as their high priced alternatives. I have discovered these 5 easy ways to maximize your dollars and get the designs you want.
1. Discount Stores
Stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross and Home Goods are my favorite discount stores to shop at. Most items are discounted between 20%-70% off of retail. Home Goods is the best for a large selection of well know bands and designers, including tons of furniture, decor, rugs, and lighting, however the typical cost per item is usually the highest of the three. While the others are more comparable to each other in price, they all have smaller home sections than Home Goods. My best shopping tips: shop the clearance aisles to really maximize your purchase. Also look for visible defects or damage to the product, usually they will give you a small discount on the item if you ask them nicely.
2. Thrift Stores
I am a believer in up-cycling things and donating instead of throwing things away because, someone else’s trash is my treasure. Goodwill is probably the most well know thrift store but there are a multitude of other types, St. Vincent de Paul Society has thrift stores in many cities nationwide, another great option are hospice thrift stores because they usually have a very nice selection of items. One of my favorite places to go is my local county dump. You might be say eeewww now but every once in a while you fine an amazing deal there. My dump has an area where they sell salvaged items from dumps such as a large number of doors and windows, toilets, tubs, bikes, and lots of random stuff. I found the mantel (pictured above creativity) which is in our living room here for $5, I sanded and painted the raw wood to finish it. Compared to a $300 mantel it makes my $5 one look pretty darn great. The dump can however be hit or miss so I usually don’t go out of my way for it. My best shopping tips: check out bargain days where they are offering 50% off or my local Goodwill offers a different colored tag at 50% off each day, maybe yours does too!
I know, I know, it seems so white trash but Walmart is great for basic home decor needs. I buy all my candles for here because they are hands down the cheapest price anywhere and they have a good selection of brands and types. Their LED remote candles and LED tea lights are the cheapest price I have found anywhere and they carry soy and wood wick candles too. Walmart has other great sections too, such as fabrics (they just started selling Waverly Fabrics), good basic floral items such as wreath forms, craft supplies, even super fluffy bath towels, and cheap frames. They also carry a large selection of Better Homes and Gardens products, you can see some BHG towels I bought at Walmart in my bathroom makeover. My best shopping tips: wait for after season sales, especially Christmas, for even lower prices and always check the clearance sections.
4. Coupons and Apps
Michaels Craft Store is probably the best example of a store which gives great coupons and has a great app. Every time I go to Michaels I buy at least one item, usually two, for 40%-50% off. I accomplish this by using their mobile app on my iphone to get a coupon that is worth 40%-50% off one (full price) item. It will give me one of these coupons every time I open the app. Michaels also gives paper coupons, which are usually worth the same as the app, out at the register when you purchase that are good for a future date. I usually have one of those with me too when I make my purchases. Check out other store’s apps for coupons you can use to get discounts. My best shopping tips: have the cashier ring up your items as separate purchases to use two different coupons or even the app coupon twice!
While creativity isn’t a trendy brand or place to shop, it will maximize your budget more than any of these stores can. Getting creative with your existing decor pieces to reinvent your space or actually creating your own art for your home are great ways to get FREE home decor and have an unique piece which no one else has. My previously mentioned dump mantel is a great example of using creativity and the decor was all purchased using the above methods. The taller flowers (the mixed bouquet is from Walmart), boxwood in the copper tin, and the bird on the ball were all found at different thrift stores and Goodwill. The candles are LED remote candles from Walmart and the lantern came from Target in the clearance section (always check clearance), I paid less than $10 for it if you can believe that. The ceramic bird and birdcage pedestal came from Michaels using coupons from the app and the owl mirror was a gift, gifts are the best
cheap free decor ever! My best shopping tips: keep your eyes open when shopping at thrift store and craft stores for items you can use to create new things out of, or refresh with paint, check out Dollar Stores for cheap mason jars and other items you can craft with. Even use the natural environment around us for greenery or if your really brave you can look for things that other people are throwing away as trash and up-cycle it.
These are my favorite ways to buy (or make) home decor on a budget and still have class and style in my home. My favorite places to be are the clearance sections, thrift stores or up to my elbows in hot glue and burlap and some of my favorite home accessories have been found, up-cycled or made.
Comment with your favorite places to find a deal and your up-cycled or made decor, I would love to see what other have accomplished.
Images: Home Goods, Goodwill, Walmart