Decorating On A Budget: 5 Great Places To Shop. I still remember choking on my drink when a neighbor proudly confided that she’d spent $5,900 on her baby daughter’s nursery.
After trying to wipe punch off my silk blouse, I still remember her expression when I blurted, “really? Wow! Can you adopt ME?”
I mean, seriously–I spent less than $300.00 on Zoe’s nursery from start to finish. I’m more worried about saving for the kid’s college education. (Editor’s note: because as cunning as my precious 5 year old Zoe is, it’s likely going to be Ivy League and before she’s 12. The girl is already outsmarting me as a toddler.)
Since most of us can’t afford a professional decorator, I wanted to pass on some brilliant decorating ideas from the cleverness of My Blessed Life.
Decorating On A Budget: 5 Great Places To Shop:
1. Yard Sales
At yard sales, I’m always on the lookout for rulers and yard sticks, furniture, books, art, fabric, vintage sewing supplies…and vintage anything. Few things are sweeter than falling in love with someone else’s junk!
2. Estate Sales
Much like yard sales, estate sales are amazing resources for inexpensive home decor. If you arrive early enough to the sale, you can get “first dibs” on furniture, artwork, accessories, lamps and more.
3. Salvage Shops
Architectural Salvage stores are a decorator’s dream come true. I found this after shopping with a friend who styles movie sets. They literally go into houses and buildings that are going to be torn down and they save everything worth salvaging. Floors, windows, mantels, newel posts from staircases, molding, door knobs, light fixtures and more.
4. Thrift Shops
I love shopping at three or four various thrift shops in my area. I typically don’t spend a lot of time browsing, but I swoop in and out. If there’s nothing awesome just begging to come home with me, then I move on. Shopping at thrift stores requires that you get over a fear of bugs, germs and “digging.”
5. The Side Of The Road
I got over my self-respect a long time ago and I have no problem digging through stuff on the side of the road. Trash pickup in our city is a dream come true. Chairs to recover, rickety tables to reglue and paint…amazing. One tip: leave the mattress where it is. Don’t touch it. It cannot be saved.