What To Buy and Not To Buy At A Discount Decor Store

It's no secret that I love a good bargain. It just makes good business sense to pay less for an item if you can. It is because of this belief, that I frequently turn to Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and other similar discount stores to browse for items for my home.

I have found some real gems at these places...

but it is easy to get distracted by the other stuff, the non-treasures, if you will. So during my latest TJ Maxx run this week, I decided to document items I think are a fantastic deal. I do NOT mean items that  are all less than $20 or are just plain cheap. I mean items that will work in multiple spaces and will look good for more than one season. Items that look far more expensive than they are.

Without further to do, here is Buy This Not That: TJ Maxx Edition

Buy This: Accent Pillows

Gorgeous raw silk-like material with jute trim. A pair of these would look great on a taupe sofa or in navy bedroom.

Not This
Cheap beading and uninteresting material do nothing for a room.

Buy This: Wall Art

*The red back ground is just the packaging
A chic, classic sunburst mirror can look great in any room.

Not This
Generic quotes printed on inexpensive canvas do everything BUT inspire

Buy This Picture Frame

Or This

Interesting, detailed, hand crafted picture frames look great layered in bookcases, desks or on top of cabinets.

Not This
If you are over the age of 12, this plastic bedazzled frame should not belong to you.

Buy This Lamp

Natural wood with a linen-like shade in an interesting shape offers great texture.

Not This
Yes, this cylinder thing wrapped in cheap leopard fabric is actually a lamp.

Buy This Accessory
This can be filled with numerous treasures: seashells from a recent trip to the beach, moss for a touch of natural color or even a DIY terrarium.

Not This
I love to keep the peace as much as the next gal, but a peace sign just looks juvenile hung on the wall.

Or This

This looks more jester than royal.

Buy This Side Table

Classic antique-gold table looks just at home in a casual eclectic family room, as it does in a more formal sitting area.

Not This

Dull red half moon table that is too small to hold much is just forgettable.

General Good Buys

Seasonal Furniture

Natural wicker wears well and the classic shape of the chairs work inside a sun room or an outdoor patio.

Rugs/Miscellaneous Furniture 

You may have to dig a bit, but discount stores can be a great source for rugs. Like this neutral thick rug-

Marked down to less than $70! Very Pottery Barn-esque.

If you are looking for one accent piece, browse the furniture section. While you typically won't find a matching dining room table and chair set, you can find really great individual chairs, like this one-
Look at that nail head trim and those pretty feet! I am seriously considering getting this...

I hope this helps those that are either intimidated by discount stores or motivates you bargain hunters to go check these places out.

Happy Friday y'all! Suzanne


  1. great post! I am new to your blog, but this seems like it will be a really interesting series! I love the hunt of a discount store!

  2. Thanks Bekah! Hunting for deals is my idea of a good time:) I'll be doing more posts on this series soon so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Anonymous6/30/2012

    Very helpful! Thank you!

  4. I agree with all of your dos and don'ts to buy, but one. The half round table is a good fix for a small apartment or small entry way. I have one I use for [not red, but a pretty dark wood grain.] under a picture in a long hall. The size is just right for that space. Thanks for all of your ideas. Cindy

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