Buying your first home is expensive. I'm in constant denial of how much money we actually spent on paint and renovations before we even moved into the house. So when it came time to furnish and decorate the house my bank account wasn't looking so hot. This is when we decided to get creative. When decorating I believe in mixing high and low priced pieces. While I splurged on a few pieces, here is how I was able to save a little $$ and how you can too!
Search Kijiji or Craigslist
Never underestimate the internet and what people are wanting to part with. I searched through the mid century modern feed like Nancy Drew herself. Things to keep in mind when searching is to look for certain keywords in ads like solid wood, great condition, non smoking household, etc. This way you know you're getting a quality piece and not something ready for the garbage. Definitely bring a friend for safety and for help moving if you do find any winning pieces. I ended up finding a solid wood mid century modern accent chair as well as a dresser for my bedroom. I refinished both with Minwax (which is a magical stain and sealant) and they're as good as new.
If you are lucky enough to have a furniture outlet store near by, become a regular. I had my eye on a Kendall dining room table from EQ3 but I couldn't afford the $2000 price tag. After weeks of scouting the outlet I came across one for a fourth of the price! My table had a minor flaw, which is the case for most pieces at the outlet. However, things can end up at the outlet simply because they were a floor model or because a customer decided to return the piece. While it may become embarrassing becoming a regular at an outlet (another customer actually asked me if I worked there) it does pay off in the end.
Find a Copycat
Another piece that I had my eye on was the Mod upholstered bed frame from West Elm. While the price point of this bed isn't too crazy, I live in Canada, so with the exchange rate and paying for a second party company to bring it across the border would have really added up. Thankfully, I came across a copy of this bed from Structube for under $800! A great way to find copycats is to search an image on Pinterest and then click the top right triangle button and it will show you similar pieces.
Go Thrifting & Antiquing
Last but not least, if you like a little adventure, turn on Macklemore's thrift shop and head to your nearest thrift or antique shop. I know some people are grossed out by thrifting and antiques. However, they're a great place to get unique accessories and art pieces. This helps make your house feel more collected and less like a magazine ad, unless of course that's the look you're going for. If you're scared of bringing home bedbugs or bringing home unwanted guests, stick with items like art, picture frames, pots, etc. I picked up a bunch of old post cards at an antique store a few years ago and finally got around to framing them and they look great!
Any other first time home owners or renters out there who have any other budget friendly decor tips? We'd love to hear all about them in the comment section!