You all know I love fluffing up our home (even though I'm far from a decorator!), but home decor gets pretty expensive way too fast! I've found several stores though that really help me to decorate our home on a budget, and they may be places you haven't considered yet. Check these out . . .
1. Goodwill or a local thrift store.
You will be amazed at the amount of money you can save if you're willing to slap a little paint on some thrift store finds. You won't necessarily find something every time you shop, but keep your eyes open for good lines and you never know what you may find! (See a few of my favorite thrifted finds HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.)
2. Your local craft stores.
Hobby Lobby offers 50% off sales on the entire store just about every other week, so if you see something you love that's not on sale, wait a week or two and odds are that price will be drastically reduced. Be sure to also take advantage of their weekly 40% off coupon if you need something in a pinch that's not on sale this week!
I love Michael's especially for their dollar bins but they also have great decor throughout their store! They almost always offer a coupon or two, so go HERE to see what they've added this week.
Also watch for coupons at Joann's and Hancock – some of these stores will accept competitor coupons as well, so it's worth taking a minute to ask to make sure you save every time you shop!
3. The Dollar Tree.
The Dollar Tree has so many items to decorate with, especially for seasonal decor! If you're looking to fluff up your home for birthday parties, baby showers, the 4th of July, Christmas or even Easter, the Dollar Tree should be your first place to shop. And they have great glassware, so if you want items to decorate a pretty table, you can easily find what you need for just a buck, no coupons required!
4. TJ Maxx, Marshall's or Home Goods (and Kohl's too!)
Folks, not much makes me happier than a walk through TJMaxx or Home Goods. While not everything there is a crazy good deal, if you keep your eyes open you might just find a steal, and they have so many unique items that can really make a statement!
Kohl's also has some fun deals on housewares (especially for outdoor decorating,) Be sure to keep up with current Kohl's coupons to get the best deals, and if you can shop off season (or at least late in the season), you'll save a bundle there.
5. Garage sales, Craigslist or local online yardsale groups.
One man's junk really is another man's treasure, and you never know what you can find at a yard sale that might be just perfect in your home with a little tlc! My neighbors sold two of the nightstands above at a garage sale years ago (they'd made them in high school shop class.) I bought them for a few dollars, and have painted them three times depending on the room they're in!
6. Your own closets.
Have you stored some decor in a closet because you're not sure if it still works or not? Walk through those storage spaces and see if you can re-use what you already have in a different spot. Also, really think about grabbing some spray paint, because you may be able to use what you already have at home in a new way if with after a quick spray in a new shade!
Last fall we re-did my in-law's hearth using mostly items they already had at home. My father-in-law had kept this old lantern in their barn since he was a kid, and it looked great on their mantle (and was completely free!)
7. Your backyard.
Think I'm crazy? Think again! If you have flowers in bloom in the summertime, bring a few buds in to brighten up your home. Even every day boxwood branches trimmed and added to mason jars add free greenery, and instantly brighten up your room!
In the winter, use fresh greenery to decorate for the Holidays.
So there you have it . . . my favorite stores to shop when I'm adding some decor on a budget. What other stores would you add to the list? Leave a comment to share!
Looking for penny pinched projects? Here are a few of my favorites . . .
- How to Make Homemade Chalk Paint
- Goodwill Chair Makeover
- Baby Shower on a Budget
- 4th of July Decor at the Dollar Tree
- Easter Decorating at the Dollar Tree
- Girls Tea Party on a Budget
- Penny Pinched Closet Makeover
- Our Breakfast Room
- Update for a Plain Alcove
- Kitchen: Metal Pendant Shade Update
- Powder Room Update: Wallpaper, Trim Work & Woodwork
- Free Command Center
- Dining Room: Goodwill Lamp Makeover
- Dining Room: Monogrammed Burlap Table Runner
- Dining Room: Painted Piano
- Master Bathroom: Goodwill Frame Upcycle
- Family Room: Goodwill Chair Makeover
- Basement: $70 Storage Bin Shelving
- Girls Bathroom Update: Mod Podge Monograms
- Tiny Christmas Home Tour
- Laundry Room Makeover (Alabama house)
- $150 Dining Room (Alabama house)
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