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Decorating a home can be expensive. While you may not want to redo the whole house with thrift store merchandise you can save yourself some coins by purchasing a few of your basics household goods secondhand. It doesn’t have to be shabby chic either. You can find new, like new, and modern touches for less at your local thrift shop.
These thrift store items are easy to find and can make all the difference when looking to make changes to your home decor:
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Decorate a bare wall with framed art. You can frames cheap at the thrift store and splurge on a piece of artwork or design your own if you’re naturally artistic. You can also enlarge a favorite family photo to put inside or simply frame a pretty wrapping or craft paper.
Thrift Tip: The frame is will probably be more valuable than the artwork inside of it at the thrift store so even if you hate the poster / picture / art you can still buy the frame.
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Give your home office a boost with a glam metallic colored desk focal point.
Thrift Tip: Large pieces of furniture like dressers are another one of those costly items that don’t have to be. You can repaint it yourself with a few coats of spray paint or switch out the hardware for an easy fix.
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Buy a large statement mirror to make a small room appear larger. Enhance a foyer with an ornate vintage midcentury piece.
Thrift Tip: Chips and discoloration can easily be fixed with spray paint so don’t that deter you if you find a great piece.
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Add lamps to a room to brighten it up and provide visual interest or switch out the lampshade for a subtle change.
Thrift Tip:The only concern with lamps whether or not it works. Test it right there in the store before purchasing. Lamp shades can be bought new or at your local thrift store.
Bring in an accent chair to add a pop of color to a room.
Thrift Tip: Look for solid pieces with good bones. Sturdy and simple is best. You can always reupholster the chair cushions or give the entire chair new life with an updated stain.
Use a painted toy chest as a bench and shoe storage for an easy and economical makeshift mudroom near an entryway.
Thrift Tip: Think outside the box when it comes to storage. Toy chests, old dressers, and outdated tv consoles are always end up in thrift stores and they make great storage.
Switch out the pillows on current couch or pile them on a daybed or guest bed.
Thrift Tip: Thrift store pillows can be tricky because they need to be washed and possibly recovered. Start out by finding ones that are full and pill free.
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Spruce up a mantel with a tall vase to balance out smaller figurines and photos.
Thrift Tip: You can use old glasses and bottles here too and they will likely be cheaper than the vases.
Troy is a Chicago blogger who now resides in the South. She blogs over at Thriftanista in the City about all things Thrift, DIY, and family.