Buying Guide - Affordable Home Decor

For the price conscious home decorator, shopping for furniture, design accessories, art works, and other home decor items can be a daunting task. You might get all kinds of home inspirations on Pinterest, Houzz and other interior decor websites, but actually getting your own house to look like that is a challenge! Especially on a limited budget.

Even if you know what you’re looking for, searching for it on the Internet is time consuming and tricky, and you’re not sure of what you’re getting till it arrives at your doorstep. You’ll likely spend a lot of time comparing prices and designs, and if you’re surfing for home decor ideas, it can take a longer time. In short, there are no shortcuts to creating that perfect look for your living space.


Shopping for good deals
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Having said that, there are lots of places where you can get just the items you desire if you are willing to spend some time shopping. There is no dearth of economically priced home decor objects; you only need to zero-in on them. And you have both the options virtual malls and brick and mortar stores.

Online Shopping

This can be a boon as well a bane. You’ll have to pour over various home decor websites and even general e-stores to compare prices, materials and craftsmanship or you might get lucky and like something in your first surfing session itself. It may even be available right away and be within budget. In that case go for it. Be prepared to form your own opinion of individual sites, given the dearth of proven lists of preferred places to shop unless you're targeting high-end items.

Looking for online bargains
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Flea Markets

Even flea markets are online and offline! Flea markets can be endless sources of inspiration. You'll come across materials, recycled objects, trinkets and other curios you never thought possible and at unbelievable prices. You may even stumble upon antiques and rare pieces of art! It is recommended that you spend some time Googling the best flea markets in your city before visiting them. Also surf through the plethora of online flea markets and see if they have something you like.

Discover good buys in flea markets

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Bargain Shopping

Shopping for bargains might seem similar to browsing through e-stores and flea markets. This time you will be searching for clearance and second sales. Be careful of the quality when buying clearance or used items. It is better to physically inspect products placed on offer and find out about returns, refunds and replacement policies for your purchases.


Bargains in clearance sales
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Export Surplus

Surplus stock is a great way to pick-up stuff at bargain prices. Some exporters’ associations publish their own directories listing rejected or surplus stocks. If export surplus is your way of saving money, remember that some items may be genuine surplus while others may be rejects with some inconspicuous flaws or manufacturing defects. Again, it is preferable to "look-touch-feel" the items you are interested in before actually handing over the cash. 

Export surplus items like this table cloth can be found for bargain prices
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It is better to window-shop online for a while and collect information. Of course, if you get lucky, take the plunge. You might prefer to purchase each item at a time rather than try to fill up your home all at once!

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