Buying decor and accessories for your home doesn't always have to break the bank. Here's a list of ten places where you can find cheap home decor and accessories (that actually look amazing!).
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Where to buy cheap home decor
Thrift Stores and Antique Stores
If you want to reduce, reuse and recycle, finding home decor at a thrift or antique store is always a good idea! I've found fantastic kitchen items there like cups and bowls, and I've also found lots of lovely brass accessories like candlesticks, glassware and wall decor that I can use as-is. Keep your eye out for mirrors, wall art, furniture and textiles that you can update to suit your home. Paint can do wonders to make a thrifted piece look brand new. You can also check out second hand marketplaces online for local sellers that want to get rid of their old decor.
Thrift stores, antique stores & second hand marketplaces to find cheap home decor:
- Value Village
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- local antique stores
- local antique malls
- Facebook Marketplace
- local garage sales
- flea markets
Dollar Stores like Dollar Tree & Dollarama
The dollar store is another unexpected place to find nice home decor items. Like the thrift store, you can use paint, glue and other DIY methods to make the items look more high-end. At the dollar store, look for things like kitchen accessories, baskets, vases, candlesticks, picture frames and faux florals.
The Home Depot
Not only does The Home Depot have building supplies for your DIY projects, but they also have some great home decor pieces. One of my favourite things to buy there (online) are area rugs. They are cheap, but there's a lot of selection and many trendy and classic options. You can also look for outdoor furniture & decor, indoor plants, planters, lamps and light fixtures at The Home Depot.
HomeSense (Canada) or Home Goods (USA)
You never know what gems you'll find at HomeSense or HomeGoods! This is a great place to find finishing touches for your room like area rugs, accessories, lighting, wall art, mirrors, and textiles. They also have a ton of seasonal decor for Christmas, Spring and Fall. I find HomeSense to be like a thrift shop in that you might get lucky, or you might not. Stalk your closest store every week or two to find the best treasures!
I've found some great pieces on Amazon like a coffee table, bar cart, small accessories, and area rugs. Make sure to look at the reviews on the item you're considering purchasing to determine what the quality might be. If you want to see some of the items that I recommend buying from Amazon, visit my Amazon shop by clicking here.
Wayfair online has been a great source for cheap decor items for my room makeovers. They'll often have an item that I can't find elsewhere, like this sturdy bunkbed for our vacation rental cottage. I also found brand name area rugs there like this new Amber Lewis X Loloi rug in our living room, and some nice small furnishings like benches and accent chairs.
If you're looking for budget-friendly home decor or home organization, IKEA is always a popular shopping destination. They also have items that are great for small spaces, and most things have a clean, modern aesthetic. At IKEA, look for things like coffee tables, side tables, jars, vases, baskets, wall art, home organization items, kitchen accessories, dishes, and textiles. I love their duvets, bedding, and pillow inserts the best. We also have lots of furniture from their like bed frames, our dining room table and side boards, and those have lasted many years.
Over the last few years, mega retailer Walmart has truly upped their game when it comes to home decor. They have lots of pieces that have a high-end look, but at a low prices. At Walmart, look for home accessories like textiles, throw pillows, area rugs, wall art, mirrors, towels and baskets.
Etsy is a wonderful place to shop for cheap home decor, and you'll be supporting an artisan! I love online shopping on Etsy for free printable artwork, faux and dried florals, and I've also found amazing textiles there like throw pillow covers. You can also look for other handmade, beautiful home decor items with unique textures like mugs, vases, candles and throw blankets.
This store is only available in Canada, but it's been a recent favourite. Not only do they have an Anthropologie mirror dupe that I purchased for our living room, but they have some lovely furniture. I recently sent our teal living room sofa to a friend, and replaced it with this soft, down-filled couch from Structube. It's very similar to an expensive sofa from Restoration Hardware, but it's at an affordable price point.
How to decorate on a low budget
You can buy all the furniture, home decor and accessories you want, but if you don't know how to put it together it will be difficult to make your home look high-end. Never fear! I have a lot of free resources here on the blog and my YouTube channel to help you get the look you want no matter your budget. Click right here to get started on your room makeover by taking my home decorating style quiz!
This week's challenge:
This week, I challenge you to find an expensive home decor item that you love and see if you can find a less expensive, similar item from one of the stores above. Can you alter it with a DIY method to make it look better?
I hope you enjoyed these inexpensive home decor shopping ideas, and... Happy DIYing!