Guest post from Deanna of Home Haven Ministry.
AUTUMN is here and the temperatures are cooling off in Kansas. I’m NOT ready for it. Brrrrrr! It’s blanket time. It’s also one of my favorite times to decorate. I’d like to share some of the simple and frugal ways I decorate my home in the fall.
I’ve placed a harvest pick on the Tea Table in the Parlour along with a few miniature ceramic pumpkins that all came from a thrift shop. A quick glance at the splashes of harvest colors makes me smile. Decorating doesn’t have to cost huge amounts of money.
Decorating with thrift items is practiced here. Over the years I have decorated my home with high dollar items, and I’ve decorated my home with second and third hand items that I got for a song!
Looking back at it all…….I wish I had been thriftier with home purchases earlier in my marriage, and even before I got married. I was a brand snob that was brought down a few notches out of necessity. Pride cometh before a fall. We were without money in the lean years, and as the years passed I wanted better quality stuff. So I bought both new and gently used. The garage sales started to catch my eye, (I had three children at the time). Then I got hit with the thrift bug. I went to a few auctions and estate sales, and I learned tostretch what little money I had.
I’m thankful that my attitude changed, and now I enjoy the bargain more than ever. After a holiday, like the day after, items are usually 50% (or more) off the regular price. So you’ll more than likely see me shopping for holiday items the day after. Seasonal napkins keep well in a plastic tub throughout the year, and the older I get, the faster the year ZOOMS by. A year later out come the Holiday/Seasonal Napkins with the other decorating things to enhance all the rooms in my home.
A glass Vase with Autumn Flowers bought at my favorite thrift shop for only a few dollars.
I found similar sunflowers at Hobby Lobby at a great price, but they couldn’t beat my 65 cent bouquet of flowers from the thrift shop! Bargains can be found even in today’s economy.
These days I’m extra busy tending to a 4 year old Granddaughter. I have little time or energy to go all out decorating for various seasons….so it’s just best for my budget and energy level to keep it simple.
A few artificial leaves from Dollar Tree leave shades of the season sprinkled on a tray.
God bless you as you go about looking for bargains to make your home a haven!
About the Author: Deanna can be found most days at her blog, Home Haven Ministry, sipping coffee and talking about everything from thrift buys, nutritious quick meals, family, God, decorating, remodeling, refurbishing, healthy thoughts, whatever. Seldom about Current Events. There seems to be so much of that elsewhere. Hope you’ll stop by and say HOWDY. She lives in a 126 year old FIXER UPPER two story Native Limestone House in a small community nestled in the Kansas Flint Hills on the Prairie. She’s a Peri-menopausal, Thyroid Cancer SURVIVOR, with a constitution made of steel. She’s a STAY-at-HOME Christian Granny that’s glad to be alive and thankful to have more time on planet earth to live with her husband and love her family. Stay tuned…there’s more to come.