Do you know what my favorite places to look for décor items are? The dollar store, Walmart and Aliss… but shhhh don’t let anyone know 😛

It’s a myth that decorators and interior designers will only buy expensive things and rob you of your paycheque. While this is true for some (the stereotype does exist for a reason) many of us also like bargain hunting and scavenging dollar stores for inexpensive treasures! The secret though, is finding items that look expensive without the price tag AND you should never sacrifice quality over price on items that you use everyday. It’s just not worth it!

Here are items I normally check for at the dollar store before heading any place else:

  • Plants and flowers (as long as they don’t look overly fake)
  • Picture frames
  • Place mats
  • Ceramic plates, bowls and mugs
  • Drinking glasses (glass)
  • Vases (glass)
  • Mirrors (small decorative only)
  • Curtains
  • Abstract art
  • Candles
  • Baskets
  • Wooden signs and letters
  • Holiday décor

And here is what I would NEVER buy at the dollar store because of the quality and/or materials used:

  • Furniture!
  • Luminaires
  • Pillows
  • Mattresses
  • Area rugs
  • Shelves and storage units
  • Spray paint
  • Mirrors (apart from decorative)
  • Towels

What is your guilty pleasure store? The one you where you would be embarrassed to admit you shop at?