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?
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!
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
âž¢ ReStore – 1001 8th Ave South; 908 Division Street; 7115 Bakers Bridge Ave, Brentwood
âž¢ Nashville Hotel Liquidators – 29 Hermitage Ave
âž¢ Essex Bargain Hunt– 3760 Nolensville Road
âž¢ Southeastern Salvage – 2728 Eugenia Avenue
âž¢ Mallory Station Consignment – 6346 Nolensville Rd at Holt Rd; 600 Church Street East, Brentwood; 7102 Bakers Bridge Ave, Brentwood
âž¢ Finder’s Keepers – 778 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville; 8105 Moores Lane, Brentwood
âž¢Classy Cat Consignment – 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood
âž¢ReMix Furniture Store – 1004 8th Avenue South
âž¢Nadeau Furniture – 2104 Crestmoor Road
âž¢ 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
âž¢ Marshalls – 6806 Charlotte Pike; 3135 Lebanon Pike
âž¢ Graceworks Thrift – 104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100, Franklin
âž¢ The Shopping Bag -1417 Charlotte Pike
âž¢ Inner City Ministry Thrift Store – 136 Rains Avenue, 608 Shelby Avenue
âž¢ HumanKind Thrift Store – 604 Gallatin Pike #206
âž¢ World Market – 6728 Charlotte Pike
âž¢ Burkes Outlet – 690B Nashville Pike, Gallatin
âž¢ Big Lots – 1142 Gallatin Pike South; 5702 Nolensville Road
âž¢ 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 â€˜N That Thrift Shop â€“ 5007 Georgia Avenue
âž¢ Our Thrift Store – 1018 Columbia Avenue, Franklin
âž¢ ThriftSmart – 4890 Nolensville Road
âž¢ 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.
âž¢ Robinson Flea Market – 1202 Gallatin Pike, Nashville
âž¢ Antique Malls â€“ 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 â€“ Sign up for weekly notices in your area on estatesales.org and yardsales.net. 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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