Buying First Class Home Décor at Second Hand Stores
Your home should be your palace – the place where you feel most comfortable and love spending time with family and friends, or even just quiet evenings by yourself. Decorating your home to become your palace doesn’t have to require a royal budget. You can get amazing pieces at affordable prices when you shop at second hand stores for quality home decorating accessories and furniture.
Buying Second Hand Furniture for Your Home
Some of the most expensive things in a room are the furniture pieces, but this doesn’t mean that you have to break your budget when you choose décor for your home. Thrifts stores, antique stores, garage sales, auctions, and used furniture stores are all great options for furniture. Generally, items made of wood, metal, and plastics are going to be safer purchases than those with large amounts of [ws_ads_post position=”right”]stuffing (like sofas and mattresses). Tips for buying used furniture when you’re decorating your home are as varied as the selections you’ll find.
- Buying used bed frames and headboards can free up some extra cash to use on new box springs and mattresses.
- Imagine everything you find with a new coat of paint. Manufacturers make paints that will cover almost any surface, and do it well.
- Take used bookshelves, repaint if needed, and then hang a small curtain rod across the top and attach inexpensive drapes or even a simple square of your favorite cotton print. Now you have a cute storage unit or unique dresser for your kids’ clothing or toys they can access easily.
- Buy a dining room table and chairs separately if you don’t find a complete set, and paint or refinish both to give them a cohesive look. Add chair covers that match a runner down the middle and no one will ever know they didn’t come as a matched set.
Home Décor Accessories at Thrift Stores
Thrift stores and second hand shops are the best places to find accessories as you decorate your home. The items range from eclectic collections to overstocks of new items that stores donated as they created new shelf space in their own specialty aisles.
- Look for second hand knobs and dresser pulls to give new life to the furniture you already have.
- Framed wall art can bring a room to life. Try buying a used, framed print and repainting or embellishing the frame to give it new life.
- Take your own family and favorite photographs and buy frames from the thrift store. You can even enlarge your favorite pictures for a piece to hang over the fireplace without spending a fortune on the frame and glass.
- Buy holiday dinnerware at second hand stores. You will be able to add festive touches to your holiday by just incorporating new plates and bowls with holiday themes.
- Look for old window frames at second hand stores and use them to frame mirrors, leaving in the cross sections to give the mirror character.
Tips for Buying Second Hand Décor
Searching for and purchasing second hand home décor can take a little more time than just running to your local furniture or home goods store, but the savings and overall effect will be well worth your time investment.
- Check furniture for balance – missing pegs on dressers can usually be replaced.
- Use your imagination with recovering. A footrest can be recovered with new padding and fabric, you can add ceramic tile squares to the tops of tables and plant stands for new effects, and paint can become your new best friend.
- Add patina by lightly sanding fresh coats of paint.
- Use textured paint rollers and painting tape to create designs.
- Buy beautiful old books at thrift stores, tie 3 together with twine, and use these as eclectic bookends.