Shopping Tips From A Reader
Dear Merrie, I loved your recent article about bargains and Victorian decorating on a budget, as I can identify with that!
If you go to an auction and lose an item for lack of funds, don’t be discouraged. There’s always tomorrow. Go on and learn from it.
Look in the back rooms of little out-of-the-way shops for bargains that need TLC for a low price. You may see a piece that captures your heart, as well as your pocketbook. Persevere. Keep the faith and you will eventually find what you’re looking for.
I agree with shopping at Goodwill, thrift shops and Salvation Army, as well as my favorite antique shop. However, estate sales are not good for bargains, I have found.
I’ve also shopped in thrift stores for used drapes in velvet, brocade and tapestry. These make wonderful upholstery. Kathy Peebles, Ohio P.S. Read Victorianhomes for help in decorating until you’re satisfied. Then read more and save each back issue for reference. Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for these tips for shopping on a budget! All your ideas are wonderful and I especially like your encouraging spirit. It’s definitely possible to decorate your home without ‘breaking the bank.’ By following these suggestions, owners of historic homes might have the funds needed when they have to repair a leaky roof or install a new heating system. Sage advice and thank you!
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