Creating premium, functional, but beautiful crafts is my passion. I love the feel of the stone, metal, wood, resins or glass in my hands. When my hands are stained with ink or paint, I truly feel a part of the creative process. In my blog you'll find my thoughts on what is going on in the studio, ramblings on what I am trying to learn, or new avenues I am exploring. Oh, you'll also find reviews about shows we have done, shops we like to frequent, and so on.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Decorating on a Shoestring Budget
seems like the topic of decorating can hit a nerve with people.Some love it, some hate the thought.Most of the time there is one more thought
right after the love/hate thing … decorating is too expensive!I’d like to take this newsletter to talk about
decorating on a shoestring budget.
let’s look at what a shoestring budget is.From Investopedia we find this definition …
A slang term
used to describe a small amount of money that is considered to be inadequate
for its intended purpose. A shoestring can be used in a number of idioms, such
as: "The company financed that last project on a shoestring," or
"Jim is living off of a shoestring budget."
shoestring budget is considered inadequate, it may just be enough for an
individual to live on or for a company to profit from a project. For companies,
a particular project's return on investment would be much greater, due to the
lower initial cost.
of us do not have unlimited funds so let’s look at ways to get the most from
what we do have when it comes to decorating.There are many styles of decorating.We won’t look at one particular style but how we can pull off our style
no matter what it is.
you are not sure what your style is, look at Pinterest or Instagram for ideas.When you find a photo you love, save it to
your Pinterest/IG and go back to it later.I believe you’ll end of finding your style when you have several photos
what can we do to save money and still have our home look stylish?Here are 4 ways to decorate on a budget.
1) Clearance Sales
I go to a store like Hobby Lobby or Kirkland’s, the first place I look is the
clearance section.Often at Hobby Lobby in
our town, the home décor clearance aisle has items that are the “last one” or
it may have a slight defect.Sometimes
it has a chip or a scratch.Sometimes, I
have found something I loved that took little (or no) effort to make it work.I once found a lamp that was about 90% off the
original price because it was missing something like a small clamp.I bought it for less than $10.00, maybe as
little as $7.00, and my husband got it fixed for just a dollar or two in no
time!It has worked fine ever since and looks
great!You do have to inspect the items
carefully to be sure there is not a defect in it that would inhibit you from
using it as you wish or that could cause harm when handling the item.Sometimes the defect may be a small scratch
or rubbed area.This can be covered up
sometimes with paint.
In the crafting section at Hobby Lobby I found
out some interesting information, at least in their store in our town.If they have an overstock situation on
certain items, then the overstock of that item gets marked down to a clearance
price.A young lady that worked the paper
crafting area once pointed out some items on clearance that she knew I often
bought and said they were considered overstock.There was nothing wrong with them and of course I snatched up the
reduced items right away!These reduced
items in the craft section can help us better afford what we need to decorate a
piece for a room.
Thrift Stores & Flea Markets
love going to thrift stores and flea markets!I am amazed
at what I can find in thrift stores each time I visit them.As they say, one woman’s junk is another woman’s
treasure!Often the prices are low and
very affordable and many of the goods are one of a kind.If I see something in a booth at a thrift
store over the course many weeks and it’s still hanging around, I’ll make an
offer.Obviously, it has not sold for some
reason.It is taking up space that could
be used to display something else the seller may have at home or in
storage.If it’s not marked “firm” on
the price tag, I feel free to make an offer.Sometimes the offer is accepted and sometimes it’s not.It is business, not personal, so don’t let it
hurt your feelings if your offer is not accepted.Since stock turns over often at successful stores,
it pays to go often and see what “new” items have come in.
had a long running auction at one time our town.Auctions, in one way, are like thrift stores.The offerings change from one auction to the
next.It’s never the same stuff twice in
my family moved to our current home we used the auction to find furniture and
decorative items like curio cabinets, paintings, furniture and so on.We attended each week’s auction over a period
of months till we felt we had all we needed to fill our formerly sparse rooms.
Over the months we attended the auction we bought 2 all wood and glass curio cabinets.One is an art deco style and the other a rustic, more primitive style.
also bought several solid wood side-tables.They were all 2-tiered tables with an upper and lower tier and stained,
also bought a solid wood antique art deco style dresser for the amazing winning
bid of only $80.00! It is truly unique,
and I have not seen one like it anywhere else, either in person, online or in
any thrift or antique stores.This
dresser is in our bedroom and has made an awesome storage piece that is quite a
conversation piece as well.
we obtained a painting that was already framed in an all wood frame.It is hanging in our dining area.
4) At the In-laws and the Outlaws
time my husband, daughter and I were at my father-in-law’s home.Somehow, we got to pulling stuff out from
under a bed in an extra bedroom.Under
the bed we found an old framed print.I
fell in love with the print and the character of the whole piece.I wanted it!I asked my father-in-law what his plans were for the piece.He said I could have it if I wanted it, all
for free!Yay!This print now hangs in our living room.
As our parents and grandparents age, many
of them want to start downsizing and decluttering to make life easier for
themselves.This is an opportunity for
them to share some of their treasures with the younger generations.I am not saying to scavenge their home for
good with a greedy or covetous spirit.However, as these conversations come up, it could be the time to let your
parents and grandparents know what things are special to you and why, so when
the time comes for the piece to depart their home, maybe it will end up in your
that you have learned some ways to save money on decorating it is time to go to
my website and look at the sale section!All the items in my sale section are between 10% and 50% off.Sale prices are noted on each item. Click here for the sale section.