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HomeGoods – This is my #1 pick for affordable décor, whether you have a spacious home or a dorm room as your canvas. HomeGoods buyers, much like their cousins at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s, scour the globe finding cool merchandise to bring out the creativity in all of us. High-end designer items enter the showroom floor each week, so if you see an item you like and leave it there, don’t expect to see it again if you pass on it. I’ve experienced this sadness firsthand, and let me tell you, that one-of-a-kind vase made in Spain won’t be back, and certainly won’t be found elsewhere for the same price. Looking for a pretty photo frame or stylish organization bins? You can walk in with $20 bucks and come out with both of them easily. If you are a “frequent flyer” like me, the TJX Rewards Credit Card is another way to save. For every charge you make at HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s, you earn points that translate into $10 gift certificates for every $250 you spend. Simply walk into the store and feel a Taylor Swift-esque sense of wonder come over you.
Joss & Main – A free, members-only site, Joss & Main offers limited-time sales on some of the most famous brands in interior design. From unique seating to seasonal decorations, any object you didn’t know you needed but now desire is up for grabs. You can sign up for daily emails that inform you of the latest collections available at up to 70 percent off retail prices. I recently bought a large, circular, black velvet and sequined pillow for less than $30 that is being sold elsewhere for $75. Cue the soccer “goaaaaallllll!”
The Foundary – From European glassware to cashmere throws and beyond, The Foundary by Hayneedle is also a free, exclusively online retailer with daily “events” featuring classic and modern items. They pride themselves on showcasing up-and-coming designers who are willing to sell their items for reduced prices in exchange for priceless exposure to interested customers. You can earn Foundary Credits when you encourage your friends to register or when a registered friend buys an item. You can use these credits to pay for merchandise on the site for even more savings. I especially like the “What’s Selling” feature, which shows real-time purchases of other shoppers. If “Sheila” can get a silk rug for $50, I can too!
One Kings Lane – If you like the online, free, members-only formats already mentioned, check out One Kings Lane. With access to designer décor and exclusive items at discounted prices, you can transform an entire room or simply add a statement piece. With new sales every day, you never know what great finds will be available. From framed prints to chic tabletop accessories, it’s like visiting a boutique furniture store from the comfort of your home.
MYHABIT – Founded by Amazon.com, MYHABIT offers fashion for women, men, kids and of course, home. Membership is free and so is shipping on U.S. orders – even for returns! Lighting, rugs, bedding and more are offered from boutique brands at up to 60 percent off during sales that last 72 hours. If you have a budget max of $200, you can easily fill your online shopping cart with unique and interesting conversation pieces that are also practical for your home.
CB2 – With 13 urban stores and an easy-to-navigate site, CB2 is Crate and Barrel’s clever kid sister. The items featured are modern, clean, and simple, but fun, artsy and different at the same time. I bought my Mom a set of the cutest yellow bird tea light holders, which add the perfect touch of color and whimsy against her classic dark wood furniture. The prices are college-grad appropriate, so you can make a chic upgrade from dorm room to apartment without adding to your student loans! I also like that CB2 offers limited-edition pieces whose sales provide funds for housing and education in underprivileged areas.
Kirkland’s – Located in 30 states and available online, Kirkland’s offers year-round merchandise as well as holiday and seasonal décor. Artistic mirrors, clocks, artificial floral arrangements and more can be found at very reasonable prices. I bought a silvertone camel lamp with a quilted lampshade and dangling beads more than 10 years ago, and it’s still impressive and out of the ordinary. For under $50, you can find vintage-inspired pieces or ornamental wall décor in matte finishes that are sure to make a statement in any room.
Pier 1 Imports – For the most colorful, whimsical items, Pier 1 is a great place to find a statement piece. Whether it’s a brightly-colored Papasan chair or ornate accent pillows, the store is brimming with hues to complement your home. I make it a point to stop into the store just before a new season begins to find the best selection and decorating ideas. Pier 1 displays items in a way that helps you see how they might work in your own home. I love anything with butterflies, and they have a nice theme for spring that features them on vases, candle holders, tabletop sculptures and more. If you have a specific color palette you want to work with, it’s likely you’ll find perfect additions without breaking the bank.
World Market – For home décor with international flair, World Market offers goods made abroad by artisans in all corners of the world. The stock is always changing, but you’re sure to find a priced-right treasure like hand-woven baskets from Bali, sculptures from Africa, textiles from India, pottery from Portugal and more. Whether you shop in-store or online, World Market’s discovery of handmade collections from around the world make it a unique shopping experience.
Ebay – One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? Ebay is a great site to explore for the unexpected item that fits your style and budget. Some small business owners host a shop on Ebay and bring their finds to customers at near-cost prices. Did you break your favorite vase? You never know if someone thousands of miles away is getting tired of that same vase and wants to sell it. And the bonus? Communication with sellers means you might be able to negotiate on price and shipping costs, so you can work within your budget. It’s a win-win!
While there are more places I visit in person and online, they often vary in size, scope and cost of items. For those of us that want luxury, but on a budget, these top 10 places have affordable home décor so you can turn your home into a castle.
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