Fall is officially here. The leaves are beginning to change colors, and crisp, cool evenings are becoming the norm. As the outdoor scenery begins to change, you may want to bring some new fall décor into your home as well.

The problem is that home improvement projects are expensive. Even updating your décor can quickly drain the budget. This blog series will help you decorate your home for less. Today we’ll talk about the benefit of thrift shopping.

Tip #1: Thrift Shopping is Truly Thrifty

Everyone wants to get more for their money, and resale shops give us the opportunity to do so. When you shop at thrift stores, you’ll be surprised how far your budget will stretch. With a little creativity and money, you can find some beautiful accent pieces for your home.

As with normal stores, there are different tiers of resale shops; some are pricier than others. The general rule is that the shops with the lowest overall prices often have more “junk”. Being willing to sort through some “trash” before finding a treasure is a must. However, your treasure will likely cost only a fraction of its original price.

The nicer thrift shops (often called resale shops or consignment stores) have already sorted through a lot of the trash for you. They sell high-quality goods, so you generally won’t find cracked mugs, incomplete puzzles, or scratched furniture. The trade-off is that you’ll likely pay more for your finds. Of course, you’ll still end up paying much less than the original price.

Resale Shopping in Fairfax, Ashburn, and Oakton, VA

Fall tablecloths, candle centerpieces, wicker baskets — you’ll find everything at resale shops. If you’ve never been thrift shopping before, below are some stores in Fairfax, Ashburn, and Oakton to jump-start your treasure hunt:

• Second Chance
• Hope’s Treasures
• Capital Treasures
• Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Thrift Shop
The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc.

Resale shops make it possible to add panache to your home on a budget. Pick one of the stores above and let the hunt begin!

More Home Improvement Ideas

While décor definitely spruces up a home, sometimes your house needs more than new accessories. When that’s the case, MasterWorks Painting and Remodeling is here to help. We specialize in residential painting, commercial painting, and home improvement projects in Oakton, Vienna, Fairfax, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.

We offer affordable services that respect your budget, as well. Why wait to update? Contact us at 703-263-3302 to make an appointment today. We look forward to bringing out the best in your home.