Every year, I head out to my favorite stores looking to snag the best deals of the year, but this year is looking a little different. I won’t head out early, grab my Starbucks and hit all the aisle end caps in search of the best sales and clearance. Instead, this year everything is virtual and I’m here for it! I get to stay in bed while still get the best deals, and I’m sharing them with you. Here are my top home decor picks that are all 50% off- psst! there is even some Holiday items already!
Although 2020 has been difficult and weird, one thing I know won’t stop… the holidays. So take advantage of all the deals and stock up on Christmas presents ’cause the pandemic stopped alot of things, but never the joy of Christmas.
In other words, everyone (especially the kids) are still expecting presents lol.
Good luck and Stay Safe!
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I hate the empty feeling my house has once all the festive holiday decor has been put away. Thankfully here in California we don’t actually have a “winter”, so we can easily start transitioning our home decor to spring as soon as . . . now!
I rounded up the few home decor items that I’ve thrifted in the past 2 weeks to show you what I’m looking for and how I’m incorporating them into my home.
Crate & Barrel Vase
For some time now I was stuck on what decor piece to put on my bedside table. I wanted something that would look substantial but not crowd my small table, so I knew it had to be some kind of glass piece. When I spotted this Crate & Barrel vase amongst the other glass pieces in the home decor area of my local Salvation Army, I quickly made my way through a pair of comadres and snatched it up before anyone else could.
I plan on filling the vase, with a few branches of either eucalyptus or silver dollar greenery, to close the gap between the side table and the picture frame. Below is some inspo.
Striped Feather Filled Pillow
There are some things I am very weary of thrifting for sanitary reasons, or maybe its just me. Pillows always gross me out at the thrift stores, they’re usually hella dirty and I don’t know where they have been, which basically is a big NO NO and EWWW for me. However, I will make the exception when the pillow is a good quality and has a removable cover that I can wash and deep clean.
As was the case when I found a striped linen pillow. It was in good condition, removable cover, and was feather filled. That for me is the Holy Trinity of thrift store pillows, plus it has a neutral color scheme that I always go for so that I can use it year round with any decor.
Last week, as I prepared for my baby shower I was at Michael’s getting last minute items when I noticed they had put out their spring line. One of the items I was contemplating buying was a floral wreath for my front door, however they were way too expensive for my budget. Which is why I’m so glad I didn’t cave and luck was on my side when I found this beautiful wreath.
How cute is this lavender wreath?! I was making my last round before I left the thrift store right as the store manager put out this amazing wreath. Of course, I hauled ass to get to it and I couldn’t be happier.
Clear Glass Vases
I always have plants in my home, however I have down sized my collection since I finally have a back yard/patio to fill up. So I decided to refill my home with greenery starting with some pothos cuttings. Its an economic way to fill your space with plants without breaking the bank and it looks great on shelves.
What are some of your must have spring decor items? Maybe I’ll get lucky and thrift a few.
It wasn’t until I got married almost two years ago, that I really realized how expensive it is to decorate a home. Eduardo, my now husband, was living in a house that was the epitome of a bachelor pad, however knowing that he (my then boyfriend) was going to make the best decision of his life aka marry ME one day. I offered to decorate his place with the grand scheme that when we get married, I’ll move in and have something to work with instead of starting from scratch. I know, I have some nerve to even think like that, much less to put it into play but no shame in my game lol.
As I started to shop around I went to the usual “Budget friendly” stores like Ikea, however even a relatively “Cheap” home decor store like that can be out of someones budget like it was for us as we were dating as well as newly weds. I personally pride myself in finding a great deal or maybe I’m just too frugal for my own good lol, because alot of the time I would shop around typical stores like Target, Home Goods, Ikea, etc and think to myself “ No Mames, $$$ for this? I can find this at the thrift store for way cheaper“! Which of course, after digging through a lot of shit, testing my patience and a few iced coffees to help keep my eyes sharp, I have found many items that have turned our house into our home.
Ikea Silver Circle Mirror
When I found this Ikea circle mirror I couldn’t believe my luck! I had been looking for a mirror to go over my dresser and I had seen plenty of the traditional square mirrors crowding the thrift stores, however I really wanted a circle one, which is much more modern. When thrifting at times you need to compromise a little to make things work such as for this mirror. I would of preferred this mirror to be a bit bigger since my dresser is quite large, however this was the style and color I wanted. For me, thrifting isn’t always finding the perfect piece but the piece that would work out best according to my budget, style and needs.
Z Gallerie White Round Large Vase
The hallway in my house is a space that needed to be functional and clutter free because its the access point for all the rooms and the main bathroom. Although I wanted a clutter free hallway I didn’t want it to look so blahhhhhh, and so I thought I could take advantage of the little nooks and corners by adding a plant or in this case a vase. I found this vase at the Value Village in Bellflower, CA on their half off days. This vase was just stitting in the middle of the furniture area and everyone kept passing it by! One tip is you need a bit of imagination when your in a thrift store or else you’ll miss out on an opportunity. Now this piece is BIG and I wasn’t sure it would fit in the corner I wanted to fill, thankfully it fit perfectly and I accessorized it with huge palm leaves (Hobby Lobby 50% off, each leaf was $5.00 WOO HOO!) to balance out the size of the vase and add height to the space. That’s the key to thrifting, being open minded and get creative.
Antique Grandpa Painting
When I found this piece I was a junior or sophomore in high school rummaging through thrift stores with my friends in search of high waisted shorts. Yup, that was the only way back then to find anything high waisted lol. This painting was on the floor leaning against the wall and caught my attention immediately. I’m not sure if its the old mans memorizing stare or the resemblance to my own grandpa but I knew right away I wanted to take it home. For $1.99 I took home what I claim as my favorite piece of art and what I jokingly say is a portrait of my “Grandpa”. Thrift stores are filled with commercial pieces of wall art but its when you find those pieces that really speak to you and seem one of a kind that truly creates a style that is all your own.
Ethan Allen Black Leather Armchair
You wanna know what’s a hot deal? THIS RIGHT HERE! I purchased this arm chair a few weeks before we got married because we needed more seating in our living room. When I saw it at the thrift store I immediately knew my husband would love it, it has a traditional silhouette and looks, in my opinion, masculine. However, when I bought the arm chair I honestly didn’t love it but liked it enough to compromise for the sake of our budget and since it looked brand new. Little did I know at the time that the same arm chair was still selling online on the Ethan Allen website for the full price of $2,000! After I found out that fun fact I then REALLY liked it, a good deal will always make something look cuter in my eyes lol.
Thrifting is not for everyone but I strongly suggest giving it a try, you never know what you’ll find and for a great price. Let me know what is one of your best thrifted pieces (Furniture, Clothing, etc) I would love to know.
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