Learning about affordable home decor and where to find it is a worthwhile endeavor. Not only does shopping around save on the budget, it can also help you find some unusual additions to your house’s design that no one else you know has. There are a few places that any decorating diva is bound to find exactly what she’s looking for, at a bargain price. All it takes is a little time and effort to surround yourself with decorations you love.
Though many people shop at discount stores, the trick to keeping your house unique is to not buy the matching set of anything. Mix and matching different patterns and colors keeps things interesting. Start with your material and work from there. For example, pick out your curtains and then move on to choosing throw pillows that complement the color instead of match it exactly. When you move on to other elements such as artwork, choose a piece that contains both colors and a few statues that have the feel of the picture. Remember that you do not have to furnish a whole room at one store. If an item isn’t exactly what you want, move on to somewhere else until you find it.
Thrift Store/Consignment Shop
Another great place to find affordable home decor is at your local thrift stores and consignment shops. Either place could have a treasure hidden somewhere on it’s shelves. It just takes a little digging through the junk to find it.
Speaking of junk, it is true that one person’s throwaways is another person’s treasure. Going to garage sales can be a great way to find the perfect addition to your room for sometimes literally pennies. A lot of people just do not know what they’ve got and you can sometimes find pricey antiques for dollar store prices.
Though this may not seem like a place to find cheaper decorating items, not all antiques are expensive. Browsing frequently through these places can eventually wield a great addition to your house that hardly anyone else has.
Kind of a mixture of thrift stores, consignment shops, garage sales and antique shops; flea markets can offer everything you need under one roof, or in one location. Taking the time to search every table and booth at these events is worth all of the time you spend if you find the perfect treasure to fill an empty space in your home.
Glancing over your local newspaper classifieds is worth the few moments it takes as well. When people upgrade, remodel their house or simply change their decorating style; a lot of them sell what they had for cheap. Other places people advertise to sell their stuff is on online auction houses, bulletin boards and other Internet sites that are springing up all of the time.
Curbs and Dumpsters
When classifieds don’t work, or people just do not want to spend the time and effort to try and sell something, they sometimes put it at the end of their driveway or in the dumpster. Even if you can’t bring yourself to go “dumpster diving”; wait for a city wide cleanup day. Many neighborhoods have them and you can get some nice stuff that will do nothing but rot in our landfills if you don’t take it. Re-using others peoples stuff for free is not only good for your wallet; it’s also good for our environment. Nice affordable home decor can sometimes be found for nothing but the time and gas to pick it up.