It seems like sometimes we get so busy in life that our homes become one of two things: the place where we work everyday (and never leave) or the place we come home to at night to eat, clean and sleep in. Days, months and years go by. Our kids (or pets) stain, rip, bump, destroy or beat the crap out of whatever nice home accessories and furniture we have. This scenario as well as other expenses in life can make it hard to justify buying (or replacing) ornamental home decor. However, deep down most of us want to live in spaces that make us feel relaxed, happy, cozy. We want them to be welcoming to our guests. I know I do (that’s why I have 572 Pinterest Pins for inspiration)! But I struggle because I feel like anything nice I would buy would get jacked up minutes after entering our house of 3 kids and a Beagle. Honestly, our spaces are what bring us more satisfaction and comfort in life so I’ve decided that from this point forward I’m going to shop at the thriftiest places to buy new home decor. That way when my son smears strawberry yogurt all over my rug, I don’t have a panic attack, yell or cry. I just grab my upholstery cleaner, knock out the stain and move on.
I want to give you 6 tips on how to get the BEST bang for your buck when it comes to giving a space in your home a little (or big) facelift.
Tip 1: Shop at Your House First
When you are ready to decorate, don’t be afraid to shop around your house. Look first for pieces all over the house that might work better in your new space. This can save you cash right away.
Tip 2: Sell Your Current Stuff
If dropping money on home decor is kind of hard for you, in light of the other expenses you really need to spend money on (like uniforms, family glasses and braces) I TOTALLY get it. So we thrifty little moms gotta get creative. If your ready for out with old in with the new- don’t shove your old up in the attack or garage. Give a new home that puts money in your pocket so you can spend without any feelings of worry or regret. That means either hosting a Garage Sale, posting it online for sale, or making money consigning it all!
Tip 2: Give Yourself a Cash Based 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 greatest VISUAL 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.
Tip 4: Pick A Piece You Love & Build Around It
When you are looking for a place to start building your new theme, consider starting with something you love. When you’re out shopping you’ll probably run across artwork, pillows or curtains that scream, “YES! THIS IS IT! BUY ME NOW!” 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. When I bought these decorations I was making a conscious decision to keep the yellow painted walls in my living room for a season and lighten them with my new decor (just in case you hate the yellow on the walls as much as my husband did).
If you get easily overwhelmed with the thought of decorating a room I highly recommend that you read the article, How to Decorate Your Home without Getting Overwhelmed by Kalyn from Creative Savings.
Tip 5: Shop at the Thriftiest Places to Buy New Home Decor
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.
Tip 6: Know Your Measurements:
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 know that sometimes we get the itch to make changes around our homes and updating our decor can be a really thrifty way to scratch that itch! 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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