It does not need to be said that over the last six months to a year our purse strings have got gradually tighter as warnings of falling house prices, redundancies and hard to attain credit surround us. This has touched every part of our lives from the supermarket to utility bills to holidays to savings. The silver lining on this cloud, however, is that in response to these market changes several money saving options and offers have emerged to encourage and help us to spend again. One way you can save if not make yourself some money is by heading down to your local thrift or discount store to bag yourself some hidden treasures. These Aladdin’s caves are full of wonderful and unique pieces for your home to create an individual and timeless look.

The easiest and plentiful items to find in most thrift stores are accessories. Spend your time searching through a huge array of glass, ceramic, metal, porcelain and plastic vases from across the decades to find a piece to suit your home at a fraction of the store costs. These more vintage pieces can work particularly well when teamed with a very contemporary piece to create an edgy and quirky look.

Alongside this you will also find collections of old painted pictures and prints. If you are lucky enough to find one that complements your design scheme then great: if not, why not use the frame or print and reuse in a contemporary or more complementary way. Furthermore, to create an eclectic almost bohemian finish; why not buy a selection of different style and sized frames. Hang these on one wall in a free flowing way to create a charming feature to display pictures of your family, friends or travelling. Furthermore, why not consider framing wallpaper or wrapping paper in complementary patterns to your room for a more novel look.

Thrift stores are also fabulous places for finding more individual and unique items such as small glasses ideal for shorts or fruit juice and old oil lamps, advertising posters, telephones and scatter cushions. Don’t be scared of teaming these items with more contemporary or different style pieces. The mish-mash finish is charming, full of character and interesting to the eye. To avoid making your room too chintzy however do keep the rest of your décor relatively plain.

Finally, thrift stores are also great places to find classic pieces of furniture. Consider beautiful stained glass fire guards, storage ottomans, a dressing screen or armchair. The charm and rustic finish of these pieces is priceless and will be sure to add some depth to your design. Furthermore, get hands on and purchase items that with a sand down, lick of paint and change of door knobs will be a fabulous addition to your home. Furthermore, because of the discounted price of these items, why not experiment with mosaics, stencilling, decoupage and hand painted patterns. These pieces should be fun, novel and unique to act as a beautiful yet understated talking point within your home.

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