Shop­ping Tips From A Reader

Victorian Homes - - Mailbox - Bless­ings, Mer­rie Deste­fano Editor of Vic­to­rian Homes mag­a­zine

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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