Written by: Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong
As a two time homeowner, I know how expensive it can get to decorate any house or apartment on a budget. Which is why I have come up with a cost effective way to do so over the years. Ways that are not only stylish but also good for the environment and your wallet.
- Thrift shops: As an avid thrift shopper I cant tell you how many times I have found rare and beautiful pieces at a fraction of the price of something new. Not only that but over the years I have come to realize that I could shop from thrift or charity stores and still come out with something that fit not only my style. But also my budget.
- Side walks and dumpsters: This may sound a little iffy, but after finding the perfect corner unit thrown away in our apartment buildings rubbish not too long ago, I can say with certainty that one persons trash can be someone else treasure. As someone who lives in France (and I’m sure other countries do this too), I’ve found that people often throw away unwanted furniture in the buildings trash if they are too lazy to sell it. Or don’t have the transportation to do so. I know a few friends who have found beautiful pieces in the trash that look as good as new.
- Hand me downs: One great thing about living close to friends and family is that you can often get some great hand me downs. From hardly used side boards, to guest bedroom bed frames. And if you are worried about the pieces not being your style, you can always update them with some paint or new material.
- Auctions: I came to know about auctions and auction houses years back when my boyfriends landlord took us there to help him find some pieces for his cottage. Whilst auctions can be intimidating. They can also be a great way of sourcing rare pieces at a bargain price. Check online to see if there are any auction houses near you and get to bidding.