I’ve got a fun little post for you today and it’s all about decorating your home on a budget.
When Taylor & I moved here to Texas we had to be super careful with our money because 1. We didn’t have any jobs lined up and 2. Moving is just plain expensive. We also didn’t bring a lot of things with us from Washington. Things like our table, couch, chairs and those sorts of things we left behind, because we just didn’t have the room.
So with that being said, when we got to Texas we had our bed and dresser, but that was pretty much our only furniture. So over the next few months it became my mission to furnish our whole apartment and not spend a lot of money doing it.
I love bargain shopping – and I think I’m pretty good at it. But, bargain shopping is not for the faint of heart; it takes a lot of patience and a lot of time, especially if you are picky (and I am) however, if you can handle that, than it is 100% totally worth it.
We have been here for a month now and I almost have our apartment totally furnished, so today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite buys and tips on how to snag a deal when you find one.
This is by far my favorite buy to date. I love this coffee table. I found it for sale on Craigslist and it was listed for $20 . . . $20, you guys. I mean that is a steal. To be honest with you I thought that there might be something wrong with it and that was the reason for such a low price, but nope – nothing wrong with it at all. The lady who we bought it from was redecorating her house and simply just wanted to get rid of it. It is so cute, it has everything I was looking for in a coffee table – white, rustic and that farmhouse charm.
I actually lied up above; I forgot that we brought this with us from Washington. This is another Craigslist find – when I found it, it was listed at 40 dollars, which is a great deal. However, I asked the guy selling it if he would take $30 for it and he said yes! 10 dollars isn’t a huge difference, but whenever buying something used at a garage sale, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or wherever, don’t be afraid to offer less. Often times most people price an item higher with the expectation that people are going to offer lower. All they can say is no and if they say yes, than you walked out of there with a better deal than you expected. #winning
Oh goodness this couch is up there with my coffee table for favorite buys. I searched FOREVER for a couch and this is actually a good example of how bargain shopping takes time & patience. I could have easily gone on craigslist and spent 100-200 dollars on any old used couch that I didn’t like or that didn’t match my style – but instead, for probably the first three weeks that we were here, our big queen sized deflating air mattress acted as our couch. And that was okay, because I was waiting to find something that I liked and finally I did. I found this couch on the Facebook Marketplace, listed at $250. It was honestly more than what we wanted to spend, but what sold me was that the couch was 100% brand new – the family who had bought it just didn’t like how it looked in their space and wanted something different, so they sold it for more than 80% off of what they purchased it for.
Facebook Marketplace Tip: The Facebook Marketplace is great, however things go FAST on there, so if you’re really hunting for something specific, like we were, you sort of have to browse constantly or at least check the page several times a day, because things are being listed and sold all the time and it all goes really fast. And if you find something you like, message them immediately and just get your name in there and show that you’re interested.
So we actually bought this bookshelf at Ikea, but I thought it was a really great deal and I love what we’ve done with it so I wanted to share it with y’all. Taylor wanted a bookshelf for a while, but I’m not crazy about bookshelves. I don’t really love them, unless they’re built in, but Taylor really wanted one and we ended up with this guy. The display at Ikea actually showed the bookshelf standing up, vertically and I didn’t love it. But then we thought how it might look in a dining room if we turned it on its side and that is what we ended up doing and I actually love the look. Plus it adds some great storage and it was only $55 dollars. (Oh Lordy and please excuse my messy house . . . )
"And I'd Choose You" Sign
This is my favorite sign in my house and I didn’t buy it used, but like the bookshelf it was a really great deal and I wanted to share it with y’all. I get all of my signs from Smallwood Home and I LOVE THEM. I love the signs and I adore the company – win, win. I honestly can’t remember exactly, but I am almost certain that I got this sign for $39 dollars (& free shipping!!). It is their XL size, so it’s huge, and it is super lightweight so it is easy to hang. Anyways, they are having a great sale right now and they have recently released a bunch of their Christmas Signs – Go check them out! Click here to start shopping.
Now I wanted to share with y’all a couple of projects that I am about to get started on.
First up is this rocking chair. How cute is it? I have this dream of Taylor & I one day sitting on our rocking chairs, sipping sweet tea and enjoying life on our porch - so when I saw this chair for sale (and for only $15) I had to have it. In the next couple of weekends I am going to start refinishing the chair – stripping it down and repainting it. Then I’m going to share the whole fun process with you!
(First - please excuse the terribly dark and all together horrible photo) But next is this little table. I got this table for $5 dollars at the Goodwill and I love it. I just think it is the sweetest little table – I love the details and the dainty-ness of it. Like the rocking chair, I am going to strip it down, give it a new coat of paint and make it brand new – Stay tuned to see both projects in a couple of weeks!!
And that’s it y’all! I love bargain shopping and I love finding old, forgotten things and making them new again – it is so fun. I hope that maybe I have inspired you to give this bargain-shopping thing a try – be patient and see what you find; I think you might be amazed.
- XO -
I'm Emilee. Twenty-something. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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