I recently decided that I had just had enough of my permanently fall looking living room. When we first moved in I was itching to try a color other than apartment white. One place that I spent a lot of time writing was my favorite local coffee shop. I found it warm, cozy and inviting. I just wanted to spend all day writing and sipping chai lattes. In an attempt to replicate that coffee shop feel, I decorated my living room in similar colors by choosing a warm butternut squash yellow for the wall paint.
5 years into the future I still like the yellow, but I think my husband wishes we had gone a little more neutral. In light of my situation I had two options: repaint or brighten with my new decor. I decided that repainting with a toddler around would be a project that I would regret starting. I chose to build my new decor around the color of my walls. I am very happy with the outcome! I changed and updated my whole house on a tight budget just by choosing stores that sell decor with thrifty people in mind. I’m writing to encourage you that you can do a lot to transform your home on a tight budget if your willing to make simple changes that make striking impacts. Those changes start with finding the thriftiest places to buy new home decor in your area.
Step 1: Sell Your Current Stuff
My path to new decor started with taking all my current brown and leafy decor to my local consignment shop to put some money back in my pocket for what I was about to spend. Home decor ALWAYS sells fast at my local store.
Step 2: Make a Budget
Decorating is so exciting that some people may be tempted to go overboard. I recommend figuring out what you can afford to spend and put that money in a cash envelope so you aren’t tempted to add one more thing at checkout.
To keep things thrifty, consider changing the items in the room that are going to make the most impact like curtains, pillows and wall hangings. Keep your decor minimal and you’ll have a stunning new room within a budget you and your spouse can both live with.
Step 3: Pick A Piece You Love & Build Around It
In my case, I loved the set of white, grey and yellow curtains (pictured below) that I found at Target. I decided to build the room around the design in those. With those in hand I was able to see the room in my mind and make it happen.
Where To Shop
Target is my favorite store hands down. I don’t always find their home decor to be super cheap but you can’t beat their clearance prices on decorations. Always go down the back aisle behind the rows so that you see the end-caps of the aisles in each department. These are the spots that you will find frames, art, towels, curtains, bedding, wall hangings, furniture, lamps and trinkets discounted all the time.
I got my curtains & pillows from Target but I used 3 things to get them much cheaper.
1. Cartwheel had an app that was 25% off the price of curtains.
2. I had a cash register coupon for $5 off a $25 home decor purchase.
3. I had received my 5% pharmacy reward shopping day coupon.
4. I used my Red Debit card for 5% off my purchase.
5. The pillows came in a 2 pack for $25.99 on sale + I used a coupon from the Target website.
I don’t know what you know about Kirkland’s, but it ain’t your grandma’s home decor stop. Kirkland’s is a small store stocked with gorgeous, current wall hangings, lanterns, small accent furniture and everything you might need to decorate your home. It’s all thrifty at regular price but when they have sale or you shop the green clearance section you are going to walk out of there with some really nice stuff at a ridiculously low prices.
Thrifty Tip- I’m signed up for email coupons and I used the Kirkland’s Spin & Win app on my phone to get a surprise coupon at the register. Last time I used the app I saved 10% on my entire purchase.
3. Hobby Lobby
This isn’t about DIYing your own decor, even though you could at Hobby Lobby. In general Hobby Lobby has some of the nicest home decor I’ve seen and they have it to match every style. I’ve decorated most of my house from my husbands man cave, to my shabby chic office to my son’s toddler room with items found at this store. The beauty is that pretty much anytime you go in there you will find home decor 40-50% off whatever the tag says. If not, they ALWAYS have a 40% off coupon on the website. Here are some things you could easily find at a reasonable cost at Hobby Lobby:
- Decorative knobs for drawers, cabinets and furniture
- Wall hangings and art
- Picture Frames
- Decorative and Storage Baskets
Thrifty Tip- They also regularly clearance home decor at 80-90% off. It’s usually 1-2 whole rows of stuff. Just look for the signs or ask a store employees where you can find those aisles.
4. Bealls Outlet, Ross, Tj Maxx
Most thrifty people already shop at these stores but I have to include them for good measure. These stores have great prices on things like home decor and bedding. If I need new sheets, picture albums or frames, these discount retail stores are where I go first. They always have clearance shelves and sometimes I find hidden treasures buried in those sections at really low prices.
Thrifty Tip- Most of these discount stores have “senior” days where you get an extra 10% off your purchase. Bealls Outlet does a discount for people who ARE NOT SENIORS with your loyalty card (not a credit card) that you can scan on Friday’s to get 10% off your purchase.
5. Consignment Shops
Consignment shops allow individuals to sell their used or like new items at the store and receive a 40-70% cut of the sale. Most consignment stores don’t take junk furniture like a thrift store might. I have found great things at thrift stores but you really have to hunt and check the items really well. That’s why I highly recommend shopping for furniture at consignment stores if you aren’t wanting a DIY project. The furniture should be in great condition and be ready for you to simply move it straight to the spot you want it to go.
I think one of the best tools you have for getting the perfect decor without frustration is planning. Take your color scheme and measurements wherever you go with this free printable interior decorating planner. You’ll never be in a bind trying to remember how big your windows are or how much space you need when you fill out this planner and take it with you.
I hope that this post on the thriftiest places to buy new home decor will help you find some new deals as you seek to add to, redo or decorate a room in your house. I’m all for shopping at thrift stores and doing some DIY projects but sometimes I just want new things that make everything feel pretty without any work.
Please feel free to share any places you like to find new home decor at great prices in the comments section below!
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