~My TOP 5 Places to Shop for Home Décor~

Shopping

It's a question I get asked a lot..."Where is your favorite place to shop?"...For the most part it can be very hit or miss.  To truly get the best deals, you have to shop around.  Thankfully, that's not a problem for me!  I also have a rule...Never pay full price for ANYTHING.  Truly, I never purchase an item unless it is on sale or I have a coupon.  If I think I can make the item, or replicate it closely in some way, I just take a picture of it and I do not buy it at all!  Having a budget ahead of time, either for the whole room, or just one item, really makes a difference.  If I am looking for something specific {like right now, I'm hunting for a perfect console/sofa table} I set the price in my head first, before I even look at anything.  I rarely buy the first thing I see {unless I'm thrift store shopping} because I always think I can find a better deal elsewhere.

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Ok, so moving on to the good stuff!  I want to share with you my top 5 picks of places to shop for home décor.

1~ The THRIFT STORE~  this includes the Good Will, Salvation Army, and we have one called Village Discount Outlet.  All three are like year round yard sales.   You just never know what you're going to find!  I look for furniture in good condition {just about everything can be painted or upholstered}, dishes, baskets, wooden pieces, picture frames {doesn't matter what pic is currently framed} lamps, etc.  The list could go on!  The trick for thrift store shopping is to check back often.

2~ CRAIG'S LIST~ this website I use a lot!  I look under the 'furniture' category as well as the 'housewares' category.  I don't generally use the "search" tool because I'm afraid I'll miss something if I narrow my results!  Craig's List takes time because you have to scroll through each listing, but again, you just never know what you're going to find!  I recently purchased 3 wingback chairs for $50!  Not each, total!  SCORE!

3~ANTIQUE SHOPS~ including antique malls, warehouses, consignment shops, salvage yards...you get the picture.  Some of these are set up more "boutique" like and these shops will sell furniture and home décor that is already re-finished.  The prices in these stores can be higher, don't expect the bargain of the year on a piece someone else did all the hard work on! ;-)  My top 3 choices for antique shops {at the moment anyway} are Marshall's Antique Warehouse in Canton, Oh., The Funky Junk Boutique in Medina, Oh. and Majestic Turnaround in Strasburg, Oh.

4~HOMEGOODS~ and their sister stores, Marshalls and TJ Maxx.  While not affiliated with the others Tuesday Mornings falls into this category as well.  These are specialty stores that offer name brand items at a discount.  I love these stores for accessories and do not generally purchase big-ticket items from them.  I always check their clearance isles first!

5~HOBBY LOBBY~ It isn't just for crafts folks!  If you have not checked out their home décor items, you are in for a pleasant surprise!  They have isles for days generally split into themes and styles which makes shopping for something specific to your décor a breeze!  I also love that they are a craft supply store so that I can stock up on ribbons, hot glue sticks, fun fabrics and greenery while I'm there!  They run 40 and 50% off sales pretty regularly, they rotate departments on an every other or every 3 week basis.  Their website also has a 40% off, one item coupon.

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One last "place" I head to for shopping, is the internet.  I love checking various online stores for price checking!  If I know I need a large chalkboard for instance, I get online and check Amazon, eBay, Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart for instance.  I also check out Overstock.com, Joss & Main, Wayfair and Etsy.  I bounce the prices back and forth to make sure I'm never paying more than I need to!

So I just gave away all my "secrets" for a successful shopping trip!  I hope you learned something new or found a new store to go and check out!  Happy Shopping friends!