Making Your House a Home on a Budget & My List of Bargain Sources


Last Thursday evening, I had the privilege of teaching a class for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville to help their newest homeowners make wise choices for budget-friendly furniture and decor.  Most of us could use a class like that, don’t you think?

habitat for humanity decorologist class

Making Your House a Home on a Budget attendees

There was a time when I purchased most of my home furnishings and decor from consignment stores, antique malls, and yard sales.  I always tried to look beyond the finish and function of any given piece and find a way to make it better or more personalized with paint or a little creative upcycling.  As I shared with the class last week – even though I can now afford to do otherwise, I still find many of my favorite furnishings stored in someone’s basement or on a high shelf in the back of a roadside antique mall.  You never know what treasures you might find!

habitat for humanity

with Amanda Frick, Family Services Program Mgr, and Casey Hawkins, Family Services Director


I enjoyed sharing how defining your style, choosing the right colors, arranging furniture, utilizing storage solutions, and finding inexpensive home decor can make it possible to create a home your family will love – even on the tightest of budgets.  Since so many of you shared ideas for sourcing inexpensive furnishings and accessories, I wanted to share with you the list of decorating bargain sources I compiled for my Making Your House a Home on a Budget class.  This list is specific to the Nashville area, but some of the sources may also be found in your own hometown:


Where to Find Decorating Bargains in Nashville


➢ ReStore – 1001 8th Ave South; 908  Division Street;  7115 Bakers Bridge Ave, Brentwood

➢ Nashville Hotel Liquidators – 29 Hermitage Ave

 âž¢ Essex Bargain Hunt– 3760 Nolensville Road

 âž¢ Southeastern Salvage – 2728 Eugenia Avenue

➢ Mallory Station Consignment – 6346 Nolensville Rd at Holt Rd;  600 Church Street East, Brentwood;  7102 Bakers Bridge Ave, Brentwood

➢ Finder’s Keepers – 778 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville;  8105 Moores Lane, Brentwood

➢Classy Cat Consignment – 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood  

➢ReMix Furniture Store – 1004 8th Avenue South

➢Nadeau Furniture – 2104 Crestmoor Road

➢ Tuesday Morning – 4108 Hillsboro Pike

 âž¢ Norberts – 701 Craighead Street

 âž¢ Costco – 6670 Charlotte Pike

 âž¢ HomeGoods – 330 Franklin Pike; 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 60; 1026 Glenbrook Way; TJ Maxx â€“ 719 Thompson Lane

➢ Marshalls – 6806 Charlotte Pike; 3135 Lebanon Pike

➢ Graceworks Thrift – 104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100, Franklin

➢ The Shopping Bag -1417 Charlotte Pike

➢ Inner City Ministry Thrift Store – 136 Rains Avenue, 608 Shelby Avenue

➢ HumanKind Thrift Store – 604 Gallatin Pike #206

➢ World Market – 6728 Charlotte Pike

 âž¢ Burkes Outlet – 690B Nashville Pike, Gallatin

 âž¢ Big Lots – 1142 Gallatin Pike South; 5702 Nolensville Road 

➢  Goodwill – 780 Berry Road; 5412 Charlotte Avenue; 613 Gallatin Road, 6708 Nolensville Pike

 âž¢ Southern Thrift – 5010 Charlotte Avenue; 2701 Gallatin Pike;  7110 Old Lebanon Pike

 âž¢ This ‘N That Thrift Shop – 5007 Georgia Avenue

 âž¢ Our Thrift Store – 1018 Columbia Avenue, Franklin

➢ ThriftSmart – 4890 Nolensville Road


➢ Nashville Flea Market – open the third weekend of every month, Friday through Sunday.  Attend Friday for the best selection, and Sunday for the best prices.

➢ Robinson Flea Market – 1202 Gallatin Pike, Nashville

➢ Antique Malls – 8th Avenue (area near Zanies), Downtown Antique Mall (612 8th Avenue S), Tennessee Antique Mall (654 Wedgewood Avenue), Gaslamp Antique Mall I & II (100 Powell Place), Nolensville-area Antique Malls (downtown Nolensville), downtown Franklin-area Antique malls

 âž¢ Estate and Yard Sales – Sign up for weekly notices in your area on and  You can even specify the estate or yard sales within a specific mile radius of your home!


If you have any others you’d like to add to my Nashville-based list, please do so in the comments below.  If you’d like to find out more about Habitat for Humanity and how you can donate or volunteer to help build homes for low-income families, click here.

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  1. Lori Pruitt

    Thank you for this! I headed out to explore my new city this past Saturday to find some antique malls. (8th Ave Antique was my fave so far). Next time I have a “moms day out” I’ll make sure I have your list :). Thanks for taking the time to compile this! As someone who doesn’t want to spend a ton of money to furnish a rental, this list is greatly appreciated.

  2. Lori Pruitt

    Oh, it’s a bit of a drive, but the Hylabrook Antique Mall in Murfressboro is pretty good too. 🙂

  3. suzi

    just thought you should know you look lovely in lavenders and purples. great color for you.

  4. Stephanie R.

    Thanks Kristie for the list. I am from Western Tennessee and I occasionally make it up to the Nashville area. I have bookmarked this list so that I can go to some of these stores the next time I am in Nashville.

  5. Patrick @ OPTV

    Great post! I don’t live anywhere near Nashville, but I know some that do. I will be passing on this information to them!

  6. Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

    What a great post. It is nice to see you coaching and mentoring others on how to manage their home on a budget. For many, this is new information and something they never knew how to do so your advice and tips are really going to make a difference in how they live……..and how they THINK and FEEL about their space.

  7. Larry Brewer

    Trying to decorate at a reasonable expense is not something you read about very often. Anybody can do it on an unlimited budget, but to do it with limited funds takes some thought. Thanks for information on the locations to find bargains. I’ve actually purchased furniture from Nashville Hotel Liquidation, and it was very good furniture at a reasonable price. I used it in a model home.

  8. Barclay Stone

    Kristie – That was a really nice blog post. Inspiring to see that you were out helping those that probably weren’t even thinking of re-purposing for their new homes. Yet, that is the BEST way to create a unique and affordable space! – and what a great crowd that came to listen!

  9. Kelly

    I am jealous that you have so many great stores close to you! Great list for your local friends!

    • Kristie Barnett

      You can come visit anytime, Kelly (and stay with me!) 🙂


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