An apartment with bare walls can be incredibly boring. It can also be overwhelming to figure out the interior design for your apartment. There are many types of décor you can choose from to bring it to life. Floral arrangements, vases, small statues, and various types of art can be found at affordable prices. While you can find quality artwork online or through an artist’s website, most of it isn’t really affordable if you are just starting out and are trying to decorate your first apartment. Try looking online or closer to home. You will be amazed at the types of art you can find if you just do a little searching.

Local Thrift Stores

Local thrift stores often have tons of old pictures and paintings that are still in nice frames. You can keep the print or painting that’s in the frame or replace it with one of your own. Artwork that you find at thrift stores isn’t always cheap reproductions. Many people have found pieces of fine art in local thrift stores for a few dollars when they are actually worth quite a bit more.

Department Stores

Many department stores often carry different types of wall art that are exact reproductions of fine works of art. They are relatively affordable and you can find several different sizes to fit any wall space. Department stores also has accent pieces like mirrors, sconces, and other types of artwork to complete the look you are trying to achieve. For less than $100, you can buy enough décor to finish most of your decorating.

Art Shows

Local artists can produce high-quality work. Art shows that showcase the work of local artists will often have sketches, photographs, paintings, and multi-media artwork that will be for sale once the exhibit ends. Most are reasonably priced and will help starving, local artists to continue to pursue their passion as well as support your community.

Garage Sales

Garage sales are a great place to find different types of décor. If you are looking for paintings or framed prints, you will often find a gold mine at your neighborhood garage sales. When people are cleaning out their attics, closets, and other storage areas, they will sell items for pennies on the dollar. You may find a great piece of art and be able to buy it for less than $10. Shop around! You never know what you may find and if you do find a bargain, you will have enough money left over to buy lunch!

Auctions and Estate Sales

Auctions and estate sales are also good places to find beautiful pieces of artwork. Much like what you find at a thrift store, the artwork you find at an auction or estate sale may be relatively inexpensive to buy. Before you head out to go shopping, try to make a list of possible purchases. This will prevent you from spending too much and not having a place for everything you buy. Auctions tend to be addicting and before you know it, you have more than you need!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate your apartment. Check out the local fare and do a little shopping online. Before you know it, your apartment will be decorated and you will still have a little money in the bank. Take a look around your community. You never know what is out there until you look!


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