Tips for Decorating Without Spending Lots of Money

I love decorating and changing things up without spending a lot of money, and do the majority of my shopping for home decor in second hand consignment shops, and at Good Will.  The best buys are at Good Will.  You just have to be patient, but go in often to catch the deals.  Learn which days are discount days, and shop then.  They usually have the shelves full on those days, at least they do locally.  In this post, I will share various places throughout my home where I've decorated with Good Will and consignment finds.  If you try, you can put together items that are pleasing to the eye, and make a nice vignette.


The picture of roses is one a friend bought at an antique shop and later gave to me.  The lamp is vintage and belonged to my MIL.  The pink rimmed bowl and bowl holding roses were finds at an estate sale, and the green bottle was found at Good Will. I have about five dollars in the entire arrangement.  Remember to use books in your vignettes, as decorative items, and to elevate other items.

This candle stick and plate came from Good Will, and the lamp was from a consignment shop.


I bought the white pedestal from Kmart years ago for $5.00, and the teapot and roses came from Good Will for a couple dollars.  


This is a quilt bought at consignment and I'm using it as a table cloth in the sun room.  Think outside the box.  You don't have to use things for their intended purpose.  Use your imagination and come up with other ways to use your favorite items.


This chair is a consignment find for $10 if I remember correctly and it's a perfect match for the drop front desk.  

This bedding is from Good Will, the sheets, quilt and dust ruffle all for around $13.00.  The sheets were still in the original package, and they work perfectly with the quilt.

This gravy boat is from an estate sale for about a dollar.  


The blue and aqua bottles and the pitchers are from Good Will, the shutters and frame from consignment.  None of these cost much at all, and they make an interesting mantel display.

I don't recall if this is from Good Will or consignment, but it wasn't expensive, and it makes a lovely container for these tulips.


This 'table cloth' is a ladies scarf, $1 at Good Will.  Always look through the scarves, they have all shapes and sizes, some of which make great table cloths and runners.  I love the colors in this one.

This arrangement is a Good Will find.  I just put a fresh coat of white paint on it, pulled out the ugly flowers and added the pink and white ones from my stash.  

I hope these examples inspire you to shop at thrift, consignment stores, estate and garage sales, and your Good Will store.  I've found such lovely treasures, and this way, by not spending so much, I can always change things when I get tired of them.

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Second Visit to Estate Sale, and Good Will Shopping

Last Saturday morning, I went back to the estate sale where I found the Homer Laughlin dishes.  They had slashed the prices in half for small items, and 25% off of large items.  They had really cleared out a lot of things after my first visit on Friday. There were still furniture pieces, and larger items, but the smaller items had really been picked over.  I found three more items that I bought.





The white dish is Homer Laughlin, the one with the pink border isn't marked. I added the plate and small bowl to other items for vignettes in the drop front desk.

 An old sewing machine drawer that I painted and distressed holds the plate, a flower frog, and a good will small glass tray.

I dug through my stash and placed the pink rimmed bowl, a birds nest inside this white wood box I found at Home Goods.

I added the milk glass piece to my growing collection in the china cabinet.

After leaving the estate sale, I decided to stop at Good Will.  I bought this shower curtain, and used it to change up the guest bath.


I've been adding blue to my decor, and this brought some into the guest bath.  I use lots of birds too, and was pleased to see the curtain had birds on it.  The way it was folded, I could not see them until I got it home and opened the package.


I shopped the house and changed the accessories to add more blue.


A week later, I found this picture at GW that works perfectly in here. The frame is a crackled, bluish-green, and of course a sweet bird is shown in the picture.



Bath towels are kept in an old egg basket.



As you all know, it's hard to photograph a small area.

The picture reflected above was switched out to the bird picture above.

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Estate Sale Treasures

I had errands to run Friday morning, and saw an 'Estate Sale' sign near our post office. So I had to check it out.  It was at a very small cottage, but they had a tremendous amount of 'stuff'! Table after table of glass ware, and dishes were outside under the car port, and lots of items inside the house as well.  I didn't do much shopping because when I got out of bed I had gout in my right ankle, so it was hard to walk very much. Anyway, I bought three vintage dish ware pieces for $4.00.


This Wedgwood Salad Plate,


Perfect condition, $2.00

This Homer Laughlin gravy boat.  I love this pattern, and the soft blue.  So pretty!
No chips or scratches.

$1.00

This Homer Laughlin bowl with handles has lots of chips around the top, but I don't mind.


$1.00

I think it would make a perfect container for succulents. 

All of these pieces sell for a decent price on EBay.  I think I got a really good deal.  I love vintage odd china pieces for their age, if nothing else, but these are 3 really nice patterns.

Do you shop Estate Sales?

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Vintage Finds From Land Of Cotton Antiques

Lord knows, we.DON'T.NEED.any.more.furniture!!! But we found some wonderful deals on our visit to Dothan, Alabama's Land of Cotton Antiques.  You may recall, that's where we found this sweet blue table for the lake house.



We went back the other day, and on this visit, my husband found two pieces at great prices that he really wanted, so we stood there in the store and decided where they would fit in the house.

This cedar drop front secretary caught his eye, along with a vintage tea cart.  According to the lady in the store, the tea cart is from the fifties.



 Price:  $145.00


I've had this chair for about 10 years.  I bought it at consignment for around $10.  It matches the desk quite well.




He also chose this vintage tea cart.  It has no wheels, and I don't see where it ever had any.  Usually they have two larger wheels on one end.

The green marble top goes well with the wall in the dining room, so we placed it near the windows.

It has 2 drawers, and a removable tray, and is also a drop leaf table, so a great deal for $50.00.

The colorful tea towel was given to me by a sweet friend several years ago.  The tea service belonged to my husband's mother.


I was shopping for a small table to use as a night stand in the front guest room.  The one I bought fits the space perfectly.

It is a drop leaf table with a place for magazines at the bottom. It fits perfectly between the bed and the vanity.

I bought this doily.  It has a place needing repair, but a book covers it nicely until I can mend it.

Wouldn't this small table look great in cream with a graphic on the drop leaf?  It is a candidate for a makeover.


 in the family room
The desk replaced the white desk I had here, and the chair replaces the pink & white one.


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Let's Enjoy the Screened Porch

We noticed the other day, that the ferns on the front porch had gotten so heavy, they were damaging the vinyl soffit so we took them down and placed them on the front porch table, and two on the screened porch.

We have had great luck with the plants this year.  
The floral "picture" is a painting on a cabinet door that my daughter bought locally.

 The addition of two of the ferns really filled in the space.


We had a philodendron that had gotten so big, we could no longer carry it to and from the basement to winterize it, so I took part of it and repotted it, and let the older part of the plant go.  It had not fared well over the winter, and had gotten root bound.  I made two pots, but only one of them survived.



Here is the philodendron I repotted.  It's doing well.

 I've been using this ladder for a plant stand for several years. It adds a touch of whimsy.
The huge aloe was purchased at Lowe's and was a tiny little thing.  It has grown into a giant plant.  I repotted the small pots of aloe today.  It was all in one pot, and looked awful, so I pinched off the "ugly", and put it into two pots, and it is so much better.


A co-worker gave me cuttings from her spider plants before I retired, and they just keep multiplying. To pot one, you just cut off one of the "spiders", and stick it in soil, and that's it.  I think I have enough of these plants.

These succulents were really small at the beginning of Spring, but I've used fertilizer for succulents several times, and they have really grown, and look so healthy.






You can see how dry the neighbors pasture is.  We are in a bad drought right now and our yards and pastures are suffering.



Here's where we sit with our coffee most mornings.
These bright green cushions came from At Home, and are very comfy.  I found the green waste basket at GW for $.99.

The swing is the perfect place for a short nap, or to sit and read.

I ordered this tropical swing cushion last year, from a place that makes them to order, so it is the perfect fit, and is extremely well made.

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2017 Fall Decor Tour

I've made several trips to the GoodWill stores in our area, and have found some great bargains that I will share with you.  My intention...