Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a great (and safe!) night gathering candy!! Me? I’m going to give out candy to the about 15 trick or treaters we get and then settle in for a 2 hour Ghost Adventures Halloween special. I cannot wait!
When it comes to furniture, I live in North Carolina, so I’m lucky enough to be able to drive up to Hickory or High Point when we need furniture. Even here in Charlotte, we have great places like Transit Damaged Freight (if you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking them out) to find affordable, well-made furniture.
But, if we need home décor items, I wanted to share with you a list of my go-to places to buy accessories.
- Homegoods/TJMaxx/Marshall’s – If I need something, this is my first stop. I’ve purchased everything here from furniture to pillows. They are a great resource if you need a lot of different types of items, because it’s one stop shopping for everything you will need.
- Thrift Shops – If you’re feeling crafty, thrift shops are great resources for items that are gently used and need a little TLC. Look for sturdy furniture that just needs a fabric refresh or maybe a lamp that just needs a paint job. Be careful when buying lamps though, and just be aware that you might end up having to re-wire it (which will cost you about $10). We are lucky enough to have a Goodwill Outlet here (all home items are 50% off the ticketed price) and I recently got all these items below for less than $5!
- Garden Ridge – When I first discovered Garden Ridge in the late 90s, I thought it was the holy grail of home décor. I bought so many Monet prints it wasn’t even funny. After they went through some changes a few years ago (and lost their craft department), I fell out of love with it for a little while. However, in my recent visits, I have discovered their 90% off red line clearance department. I got the pieces below — both for only $4!!
- IKEA – For the most part, IKEA isn’t really my style. Most of their stuff is a little more contemporary than I can work into my décor. But, their organization items cannot be beat. The boxes and bins and the pieces (like the Expedit) that they fit into are great at corralling clutter!
- Target – Red stickers. Look for them! Usually I go into Target and head straight for the clearance end caps. Here’s a great post from The Mom Creative on how to best shop Target clearance!
- Pier 1/World Market – I sort of lump these two stores in the same basket. Their pieces have a lot of the same look for me, so I usually check them both online before I go there. I have found that Pier 1 has better markdowns on their clearance items, but that’s just my personal experience on the items I was specifically looking for.
- Tuesday Morning – If you need a lamp, bedding, bathroom accessories… anything, Tuesday Morning would be one of my first stops to check. Their prices are reasonable and the quality of their items is great. My favorite sections there are the storage boxes and pillows. Good stuff!
- Hobby Lobby – I have found quite a bit of our home accessories from here. Always check their sale flyer on Sunday to see what is 50% off that week. If something you want isn’t on sale that particular week, just wait. It probably will be on sale next week. They seem to just rotate what is on sale weekly. I highly recommend their clearance section – especially when they are 70-80% off. I got these rather large hurricane lanterns for our dining room table for only $15. A steal! If you’re planning ahead, I would scour the store after the holidays for deeply discounted items to use next year. I have gotten a lot of great pieces at great prices (sometimes up to 90% off!).
- Home Decorators Collection Outlet – This is one of my favorite online resources for furniture. I’ve gotten a few pieces from there that I really enjoy. However, watch their shipping cost. It can make something that is a deal less of a deal if the shipping is outrageous. Their home décor items are a little pricey, too, unless you can find them in the outlet.
- Pottery Barn Outlet – If you’re lucky enough to be close to one of these, they are a great place to get Pottery Barn items at a discount. I’ve gotten everything from furniture to dishes there for great prices. If you are in my area, be there when they open on Tuesdays (usually 10 am). I’ve found they put out a lot of new items into the bins in the back (extremely discounted) first thing on Tuesday mornings.
Where are your favorite places? I’m always looking for new stores for great accessories! Let me know!