As much as I’d love to toss aside $50 like it’s nothing, I would be doing myself a huge disservice. I like Pottery Barn and IKEA as much as anyone else, but money is money. You’ll get it away from me, when you pry it from my cold dead hands.
You know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention…or in the this case, ‘wanting’ and ‘frugality’. But before we go any further, I want to be clear…decorative items are just that…DECORATIVE. They serve a visual purpose only. I’ve often shook my head in disbelief at the large sums of money that people throw away to essentially STARE AT AN OBJECT! Appliances, bedding etc…of course, buy new and with a warranty. But to look at something across the room?! What a waste.
Here are a couple of items directly from the Pottery Barn website….
Admittedly, they are lovely…but I’m cheap!
So here’s what I did for a Valentine’s theme vase.
I also frequent local Thrift-Stores. Stay away from fabric items that can retain bed bugs. Everything else, you can scrub in the garage prior to entry. Bed bugs can also hide in the crevices of dressers. So be wary. Those are items you have to bite the bullet on, but can often find fabulous sales if you do your homework.
Today’s find was just what I was looking for! Two tall candle sticks.
A side note: These candle holders were $1.40 each at the Thrift-Store.
Here’s the average price on Google’s Shop Search:
(Remember, it’s about the ‘look’. These are decorative items.)
Have fun with it. Every now and then grab a couple items. Keep in mind your overall theme. And never pay full price. You’re paying for a label. I’ve never gone into someones home and started looking at the labels on the bottoms of their decor. Nobody does that, unless of course…they lack manners. (Or it’s your best friend, then by all means…share you money saving tips!)
Here was a fun one I did last night….Clearly I have Valentine’s Day on the brain. With this many hints literally right in front of him, hopefully my husband will remember it!
Most of us already own stuff that we can up-cycle or refurb. Take a look around. What are you sick of looking? Give it a fresh new look. And check out the Flea Markets, Thrift-Stores and Dollar Stores, before you spend your hard earned cash.