As a lover of all things for the home, I often get asked one question: Where to buy home decor? People ask this question because they want to know the right place to get the right things. If only it were that easy.

Getting the perfect home decor for your abode isn’t quite as simple as we all want it to be. There are times I go shopping (online or in person) and spend hours searching and browsing and considering — only to find nothing that really works.

But when I think of where to buy home decor, I think of 4 broad categories. Some of these may work for you and some may not. This list will hopefully serve as a spark though when you’re wondering where to buy home decor.

1. Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Antique Shops

I’m going to start with my favorite: garage sales, flea markets and antique shops. Why? Because the items that you find in these places are unique. I think home décor at Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Crate and Barrel and other mainstream stores are great. But it’s highly embarrassing (to me at least) to have the same exact items as someone else.

Here’s the thing about garage sales, flea markets and antique shops, though: I can’t tell you where to go, because they’re different in every market. Here’s in the Austin area, I love going to places like:

  • Vintage Fresh: A little vintage shop near where I live. It’s one of the places where I love riding my beach cruiser.
  • Uncommon Objects: Down on South Congress, this shop has wacky stuff and some great finds. Even if I don’t buy anything, it’s a lot of fun to just walk through.
  • Round Top: I can’t really describe Round Top as anything other than a twice-a-year, brilliant, beautiful festival for vintage and antique home décor. It’s worth a flight to Central Texas even if you live time zones away.

I’m sure you have similar types of places near you. So get off the beaten path and take advantage of these shops, markets and festivals that have unique home décor.


2. Big Box Stores

This is the convenience zone. There’s nothing wrong with popping into Wal-Mart, Target, Michael’s or TJ Maxx.

What’s great about big box stores is that they’re inexpensive. But don’t choose these types of places for statement items. Choose big box stores to get everyday and smaller items like towels, picture frames, etc. You won’t find towels at a flea market, unless maybe it’s some type of kitschy dish towel. So save a few bucks and hit up the big box store for stuff that you need but that few people will notice.


3. Little Box Stores

Everything you can say about big box stores can be said about little box stores with just two exceptions: 1) Little box stores are a little more expensive, and 2) Little box stores have stuff that’s a little nicer.

I’m just like anyone else — I love flipping through the Williams Sonoma, Pier 1 and Pottery Barn catalogs. But, goodness, how much do you want to spend on home décor? The reason I prefer a good flea market or vintage shop is that the stuff is more unique, it’s often less expensive, and there’s a challenge to it. The challenge is that there’s no catalog to flip through, no website to order from, and you truly have to dig to find something you love.

If I do hit up little box stores, my two favorites are West Elm and World Market. To illustrate my point, though: I once bought a duvet cover at West Elm only to find that a good friend and her husband had the same exact one. That kind of stuff just kills it for me. I moved the duvet cover to my guest room, and I now have one that’s a little more unique.


4. Websites

This is a whole different animal. I’m not afraid of buying home décor from or What makes it great is that you can find just about anything. Their selections are so huge that you can search for very specific items. Want a doorstop shaped like a duck? It’s out there. Want a full-length mirror framed in bamboo? Here are your options. Want a candle that smells like peanut butter? Ta da!

Another great thing about websites is that the items tend to be inexpensive. That said, quality can be a crapshoot. You never whether or not what you’re getting is inexpensive or just cheap — there’s a difference.


Final Thoughts on Where to Buy Home Decor

What’s more important than where to buy home décor is the style that you’re trying to achieve. If you don’t have a firm sense of your own style, you’ll find yourself careening from store to store, trying to replicate something you saw in a magazine or in the pages of a catalog. But that’s not original. You need to be you, and you need to use the many home décor stores at your disposal to piece together your unique look.

Where do you look for home décor? Let us know in the comments section below, or send us a message directly using our contact page.