Growing up, my mother was not into decorating, so we lived with white walls (a reminder we couldn’t afford to buy our own home), and the house was decorated with clutter and mismatched items rather than nice things. My home growing up was never really a warm place where you wanted to spend a lot of time.
Fast forward to my life now – every room in my home has character and warmth. I’ve made my house into a home I want to stay in.
While it would be easy to pick all the home decor items I loved out of a catalog and charge it to a credit card, I decorated my home in the most frugal way possible. I did my own woodworking tasks on my favorite router table. I wanted my home to look high class for the least amount of money spent.
If you feel the same way, here are 3 places to shop for high class home decor that won’t break the bank.
Have you ever gone furniture shopping only to notice the outrageous prices of their accessories? This weekend we went shopping at Ashley’s Furniture Store for a new couch and dining room table set.
Each couch we saw had an upgraded package that was supposed to save you money. I was flabbergasted at how much they charged for some of their accessories. Why would anyone pay $250 for a set of lamps or $300 for a hand knotted rug that could easily be found at Target or Walmart for a third of the price?
As we waited for a sales person to help us, I found that they had a clearance section in the back. They had several items marked down 75-90% off, either because they had minor flaws, or because they were clearing them from the show room.
One piece I snagged was a decorative tripod. When I first entered the store, I saw these two metal tripods with hurricane vases on them and a candle inside. I loved it, but I would never pay $99 for it.
The same tripod was sitting in the clearance section for $5.99 because it did not have a hurricane vase. A quick trip to the craft store and some glue will give me that $99 look I loved for less than $10.
I’m not very good at crafts nor do I enjoy DIY projects very much. For that reason, I usually don’t spend a lot of time in the craft store.
However, I was surprised that popular craft stores such as Joann’s, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby have nice home decor accessories. These stores usually offer everything for 40-60% off at one time or another, and even if there’s no sales, it’s easy to get a 40% or 50% off coupon from the computer.
I’ve found that craft stores are the best places for decorative frames.
Thrift Stores and Garage Sales
Thrift stores and garage sales are always a hit and miss. However, if you love the hunt, they can be the perfect spot to find your next home decor treasure.
The important thing about shopping at a thrift store or garage sale is to look at items for what they could be.
For example, old wooden candlesticks can be transformed into more modern pieces with black spray paint. An ugly chair can be made amazing with a new layer of paint and some fabric reupholster.
Even if you aren’t a DIY genius like some people on Pinterest are, you can still transform ugly and old pieces into something perfect for your home.
How do you save money while making your home look stylish?