Just because we don't have tons of money to do a complete redecorating scheme on our home or individual rooms, doesn't mean we can't still find great home decor products for little dollars. While "bargain" and "fantastic home decor" don't seem to belong in the same sentence, it is not an impossibility to redecorate using a budget!
The first thing to consider when beginning a redecorating project is how much you want to spend on the project. If money is in short supply, something many of us are experiencing right now, do not despair! There is an old saying, "Where there is a will, there is a way," and it is so true when it comes to decorating.
If you enjoy shopping at flea markets, then you are going to have a ball finding home accent pieces for your redecorating project. These sprawling shopping paradises offer everything from copper umbrella stands to hand-painted saw blades. There is almost nothing that can't be found at a flea market.
Go shopping with some ideas in mind - your likes and dislikes, the style you want to achieve and so forth. Once you arrive at the flea market and find a treasure you wish to buy, feel free to offer the seller something less than the ticket price. That said, it is probably not a good idea to insult the seller with a ridiculously low price. A good rule of thumb is to offer no more than 10% less than the asking price. Some sellers expect this, and of course, there are some sellers who don't! Keep it friendly and you can't go wrong.
After shopping the flea markets, the next stop is often the local yard/garage sales. People discard all kinds of goodies and for all kinds of reasons. Remember, "one man's trash is another man's treasure!" This old adage rings true when it comes to people selling their no-longer-needed stuff. Shopping for an ornate picture to adorn your living room wall? Well, don't overlook the frame with Great Aunt Flossie's portrait in it. Simply discard the contents of the frame and, voila, you have a wonderful - sometimes antique - frame.
Rummaging through other people's castoffs can be a great way to save money. Just keep in mind that it is the thrill of the hunt that keeps us motivated to continue visiting sale after sale. It is worth every minute of it, though, if you find just what you are looking for and save hundreds of dollars!
Shopping retail stores is oftentimes where we end up while redecorating. If you reach that point, keep in mind outlet stores, and even discount stores, can sometimes yield attractive, yet affordable home decor products. Be selective when shopping in these places. Also, look for sales ads and circulars that may come to your mailbox from some stores to save even more money.
Finally, shopping online is yet another appealing way to shop for delightful home accessories and bargains. The accent pieces you purchase online will be unique to your friends and neighbors because they haven't seen most of these products in local stores. Some web merchants offer sales, discounts and coupons just as brick and mortar stores do. Again, be selective. Keep your budget in mind, and have fun!