Price “less” Pieces

Monday, August 25, 2008 | Category: Budget Design, Decor Accessories

I love to mix high/low in my own home (but at the age of 26, there isn’t too much room for the “high” if you know what I mean). I get so excited when I find something unexpected at a lower end store that looks pretty close to something three times its price that I have had my eye on for a while.

And if you are anything like me, you’ll understand my need for bargain shopping- the pieces in my home are welcome to stay for about 6 months until I get sick of them and sell them off on Craigs List (and it’s quite possible that if you have ever bought anything off Craig’s List, I probably sold it to you) so needless to say, I don’t like to spend a ton of money on home pieces that are “trendy”.

Thought I’d share with you two of my recent bargains…

Exhibit “A”- this medium size Ballard Designs mirror is $199…it was the mirror I thought I wanted for over my bed…


As fate would have it one day, it brought me to Marshalls (the good Marshalls)- I’m sure all of you have one good Marshalls in your town/city…THE Marshalls- the nicer, newer one that you usually have more luck at.

I saw this tiny little mirror and I swear it looks exactly like the Ballard one but smaller so I bought it and found a perfect spot for it…and you want to know how much it set me back? A whopping $19.99! In my entire life I have never seen anything at Marshalls that looked that classy and trendy for $19.

Exhibit “B”- I love the Pottery Barn brass “architect’s table lamp” for $149. I must admit, in addition to the style, I’m drawn to this lamp because of the name- with an architect’s table lamp on my desk, I would now be “official”. I could design great things under that lamp (so I thought)- purely because it was an “architect lamp”. Then as fate would have it again…it brought me to Home Goods where I stop in from time to time (located in Irving)…it is TJ Maxx’s “sister” (if you want to get technical)

I found this brass lamp very similar to the PB lamp….ok I still like the style of the PB lamp better but is there really that much of a difference? I didn’t notice too much of a distinction, but my bank account did! A whole $110 worth a difference! (note: Home Goods lamp is a little more gold/cuter in person)

So this just goes to show you, that if you hold out, you just might have that “bargain story” to tell your friends and not to mention, $290 extra in your pocket for some new fall clothes!

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8 Comments to 'Price “less” Pieces'

Willow Decor: 25 Aug 08 at 2:57 pm

I have also found the most wonderful little treasures at HomeGoods! You just need to keep your eyes open and visit often.

Jennifer 25 Aug 08 at 4:45 pm

TJ and Marshall are my two other husbands. Seriously.

Mango Gal 25 Aug 08 at 6:18 pm

Great finds! I love HomeGoods, but haven’t been to Marshalls in a while, I will have to give it a try!

Pigtown-Design 25 Aug 08 at 10:35 pm

I got a Wedgwood silverplate teapot from Chez Marshall for $7.00. It was $200+ on the Wedgwood website. As Willow said, you’ve got to look around and know what’s good and what’s dreck!

CamilleC 26 Aug 08 at 5:14 am

I’m so jealous. I used to live right down MacArthur until…I got married. Now I’m so far away from Homegoods. Great finds!

Visual Vamp 26 Aug 08 at 9:54 pm

No matter how old you are, or how much money you have (or don’t have), every material girl loves a well priced good looking object! The fun is in the looking for it too. The lamps – check out Wal Mart – they have a terrific pharmacy lamp for under $20. and it is very, very nice – as nice as Poverty Barn…

franki durbin 27 Aug 08 at 3:01 pm

Love that! And yes… I love my “good” Marshalls. LOL! It pays to be persistent. Lovely!!

Things That Inspire 28 Aug 08 at 2:43 am

Love your finds, and wish you posted on the Atlanta Craigslist! I am looking for a nice looking, inexpensive but not cheap looking chandelier that I can enjoy for a few years and keep with the house when I move (I am determined to move within 2 years). I do not want to buy the Niermann Weeks chandelier that I have my eye on, because I do not want a potential buyer to insist on keeping it! I keep searching Craigslist, with no luck.

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