I have a hard time spending a lot of money on wall art. I feel horrible saying that. I got my Bachelor's degree in art, so I - of all people - totally understand the effort and talent that's required to create good art. Honestly, I'm just cheap. While I might occasionally splurge for a print or photo I really love, my home is hardly a museum. I can't afford to fill my walls top to bottom with one-of-a-kind art pieces. So yeah, I might be cheap, but I'm pretty dang thrifty, too! Whether it's sprucing up some existing wall art, or creating my own with found items, I can fill a wall for under $40. The best place to find forgotten and dirt-cheap wall decor is your local second-hand store (think Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, etc.). I set out to create a cheap gallery wall using only things I found at the thrift store, and here's how it worked out.
Craigslist is one of the best resources for buying and selling used items. Unfortunately it can be overwhelming to sift through thousands of results when you're trying to find something special. Here are some tips to help you become a Craigslist pro!
What? "Thriftastic" is totally a word. And really, it's the best word to describe this cheerful, all-in-one home office/crafting station.
Jim Healy loves making lamps from junk. They're not your everyday junky lamps, mind you. To prove it, check out the spindle lamp he put together from this bundle of wooden spindles.
You know how it goes. Family's coming in town for the holidays, you've thrown your junk into the sparsely furnished spare bedroom and now you're scurrying to spruce up the joint. One thing you'll need to win over your mother-in-law is a bedside table instead of a t.v. tray. Grab an old junker at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a thrift store and quickly get to work. Here's what you need:
Two months ago I got clean. I stopped buying used furniture and other cast-off household decor. Until last Friday. One little left hand turn off the road to Lowes and I was back at my favorite Goodwill store. Oh so what? I'm not throwing my money away. I'm making charitable contributions. It was different this time. (I mostly bought slick surfaced goodies.)
One late afternoon I stopped into my local Goodwill store. Immediately, I spied this vintage child's rocker in the furniture area priced at a measly $6.99. Old, worn out, and saggy, I was a little interested, but not quite sold until I saw someone else become very interested in it. It was ON!
Let's say you find a hideously slipcovered chair at a flea market. You like the lines, hate the fabric. When you peek underneath, you only find more hideous fabric worn threadbare. Is it worth buying? It depends. If you don't mind buying new fabric, absolutely!
Image: Shelly Miller Leer
Table purchased Saturday at a city wide 1/2 price sale at Goodwill.
In one out of ten posts I usually mention a shopping trip to Goodwill. For me, it's Mecca, one of my favorite places to relax and do some serious creative thinking. I promote you; I laud you on your good works and pure mission, etc. However, the prices on used furniture and furnishings have skyrocketed beyond realistic value. I mean, come on!!!
Checking in with ApartmentTherapy-Chicago this morning, these two walls by decorator Lindsay Segal, screamed "DIY ME!" Quick, easy and cheap--take a short stretch of wall, give it some bold horizontal stripes to make the statement, and then add some monochromatic pieces in front of it. Wow! The second one requires my favorite activity---thrifting.