Designing a space, even a small one, can cost a lot of money. The good news is that it doesn’t have to. One of the ways you can decorate any home on a budget is by incorporating thrift store finds into your decor. Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming trying to figure out where to start, so read on to hear tips, ideas and find a little inspiration for how to include thrifty items in the design of your space.

There are a couple of different methods for finding thrift store items that will work well with your decor. The first way is to compile a list of specific items you’d like to find, and keep an eye out for them when scouring thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, etc.

The second way is to keep an open mind and think outside the box. You don’t always have to use something for it’s original intended purpose. To get the biggest bang for your buck, it’s best to employ both techniques when hunting for thrifted goods. Have a general idea of what you’re looking for, but be open to finding unique items too.

Here are some ideas for what to look for: Old windows and doors can usually be found for a few bucks, and can easily be repurposed into things like art, hanging jewelry storage, coat racks, or a chalkboard.

Chairs are usually plentiful at thrift stores, and they can be easily made over to suit your style with new fabric and a coat of paint. This is a great way to save money in the dining room, an eat-in kitchen, or even a living room where extra seating is needed.

Lamps are great items to buy second-hand. No need to spend big bucks on a new one when you can spend a few dollars and just add a new shade for a whole new look. Don’t like the finish? Simply add a coat of spray paint.

Smaller decorative items that catch your eye are great for creating smaller vignettes around your home. It’s good to keep an eye out for things like clocks, books, and other small accessories for this purpose.

Of course, a major way to save money is to purchase larger scale pieces of furniture from thrift stores or garage sales. You can save thousands of dollars this way, and sometimes the furniture is in great condition. Other times, a coat of paint or a new coat of stain can work wonders and make it look as good as new.

As far as thinking out of the box goes, try to look at things for what they could be rather than what they currently are. For example, an inexpensive sweater can easily become a pretty lamp shade.

A chicken incubator tray and some wooden goblets can become a home office organizer. See how thinking outside the box can lead to incredibly unique ideas?

Layering old items with new creates a “collected” feel to your space, and it adds character to any room. Choose items that represent you and your own personal style — don’t just pick something because it happens to be inexpensive. By using these tips as a guide, your home will be filled with style and personality in no time, and your pocketbook will thank you!

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