Our Go To List Of Go To Sources

This post has been a long time coming. For years people have been asking us where we like to look for rugs and where we find cheap but chic lamps. And thanks to whipping up over 120 mood boards (see them all en masse right here) as well is transforming our entire house, we’re pretty well versed in hunting down many an item from many a store. Now we’re letting it all hang out in one mondo post full of our favorite places to shop for house stuff. Hold on to your hats folks, this could get crazy.

We did our best to include stores that should be pretty universally available in the US (and sometimes beyond) so we left off the local guys that we love (which we also wholeheartedly support) since they’re less accessible to the majority of our readers. But definitely don’t forget to check out local boutiques and family owned businesses to troll their aisles as well. You can find amazing nearby haunts by checking out your Yellow Pages, googling around, asking friends and neighbors, and even hitting up sites like yelp.com. But let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

Chandeliers & Pendant Lights: West Elm, Lamps Plus, CB2, Overstock, Z Gallerie, Ballard Designs, World Market, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, and Marshall’s (where we found a sweet $30 green chandelier for this makeover).

Table & Floor Lamps: Target, JC Penney, CB2, West Elm, ZGallerie, Crate & Barrel, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock, World Market, and Walmart (they have a great low-cost collection called Canopy).

Swing-Arm Lamps & Sconces: Any local lamp outlet or store (check your Yellow Pages or google), Z Gallerie, JC Penney, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and Overstock.

Rugs: Overstock (this is by far our favorite rug resource- they have a ton of affordable stuff in all sizes and colors), Flor, Home Goods, Marshall’s, The Company Store, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, West Elm, Ikea, Pottery Barn, Dash & Albert, CB2, JC Penney, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and World Market (where we got our master bedroom rug below).

Sinks, Faucets & Kitchen/Bath Fixtures: Overstock (once again they’re our go-to resource for sinks, faucets, and bath fixtures at almost impossible prices), Lowe’s, Home Depot, Plumber’s Surplus, Ikea, and eBay.

Curtains: Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, West Elm, Target, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, World Market, Pier 1, Overstock and Ikea (where we got all of the curtains in our entire house).

Curtain Rods: Lowe’s, Home Depot, JC Penney (these first three have extra long rods for large windows & extender rod pieces), Target, and Ikea.

Blinds & Roman Shades: Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Ikea and Walmart (where we got almost all of the bamboo blinds in our house).

Frames: Ikea, Target (nothing beats these first two when it comes to price, style, and variety), Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Marshall’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Red Envelope (they sell great framing systems that hang en masse on a rod).

Armchairs/Slipper Chairs: Overstock, Target (these two are the ones we always hit up first), West Elm, Ikea, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, JC Penney, Pier 1, Craigslist, thrift stores.

Desks: West Elm, CB2, Ikea, JC Penney, Target, Overstock, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Room & Board.

Desk Chairs: Target (we always love a leather parson’s chair), Ikea, CB2, Overstock, JC Penney, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods.

Sofas: Any Rowe retailer (check your Yellow Pages or google around for one near you), Ikea, Room & Board, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, and Overstock.

Dining Tables & Chairs: Target (where we got ours), Ikea, JC Penney, Overstock, West Elm, World Market, Pier 1, Craigslist, and thrift stores.

Console & Media Tables: Target (where we got both of ours), JC Penney, West Elm, CB2, Ikea, and World Market.

Coffee Tables & Side Tables: Target, Ikea, West Elm, CB2, JC Penney, Z Gallerie, Crate & Barrel, Coffee Tables Galore, Craigslist and thrift stores.

Throw Pillows, Towels, Etc: Target, Home Goods, Pier 1, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, CB2, Overstock, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Z Gallerie, Urban Outfitters, and West Elm.

Hardwood Floors: Lumber Liquidators (where we got ours for a steal), Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ikea.

Televisions, Radios & Other Electronics: Target (where we got both of ours), Best Buy, and Walmart.

Ottomans & Benches: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Elm, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, JC Penney, and Overstock.

Decorative Accessories: Z Gallerie, Target, West Elm, Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, World Market, Pier 1, Ballard Designs, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, CB2, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters.

Wall & Floor Mirrors: Target, West Elm, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, JC Penney, Ballard Designs, Z Gallerie, and Overstock.

Art/Wall Decor: Ikea, Etsy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1, West Elm, Target, Ballard Designs, Z Gallerie, Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and JC Penney.

Servingware, Platters, Mugs, Etc: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Pier 1, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ikea.

Vases: Micheal’s (where we got all the centerpiece vases we used for our backyard wedding), Target, Crate & Barrel, thrift stores and Ikea.

Boxes, Bins, & Baskets: Ikea (where we grab almost all of ours), Target, Marshall’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Em, and Crate & Barrel.

Cabinetry & Countertops: Home Depot (where we got ours), Ikea (they have great chic & cheap butcher block counters and affordable cabinetry a plenty), Lowe’s, KraftMaid, local stoneyards (just google around or crack a Yellow Pages), and Corian (we like their snow white counters that look & feel like crisp marble).

Kitchen & Laundry Appliances: Home Depot (where we got our range hood pictured below), Lowe’s (where we got nearly every other appliance in our house), Sears, and Best Buy.

Duvets, Quilts, & Bedding: Bed Bath & Beyond (they always have a great clearance section), West Elm, Target, Ikea, JC Penney, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, The Company Store, Overstock, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s.

Floating Shelves & Bookcases: Ikea, Target, World Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, Overstock, West Elm, and CB2.

Ceramic Animals (yes, we realize we’re weird): ZGallierie, Ballard Designs, Target, Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, thrift stores, and eBay.

Pet Bowls & Beds: Target (we picked up two ceramic ramekins and a white ceramic tray to make a cute little food & water station for Burger and grabbed a few floor pillows to serve as little doggie beds for him to lounge on in the sunroom), Overstock (chic under-$40 beds like this can be found, which are all over $100 on other sites), All Modern Pet also has some great discounted designers doggie duds and digs.

Shower Curtains & Liners: Amazon.com (they have lots of extra long ones, which we love), Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, and even Walmart (we’ve admired this one in person).

Dressers & Armoires: Target, West Elm, Ikea, JC Penney, Overstock, World Market, Craigslist, thrift stores.

Outdoor Furniture: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart (it’s actually where we got the lounge chairs on our patio) and Target.

Other Online Shops To Hit Up: amazon.com, ebay.com, kaboodle.com, and nextag.com are also great places to search for almost anything from multiple vendors (just drop in a keyword or a simple description and see what pops up).

And don’t forget that you can DIY things like pillows, curtains, shower curtains and more by snagging fabric and whipping something up yourself. Heck you can even make a headboard, build a pedestal table or reupholster a chair to give it a whole new look, so you don’t always have to buy new to get something that looks fresh and current in your home.

But what about you guys? Not only do we want this post to become an easy reference, we also want everyone else to chime in with their favorite places for furnishings and accessories so the comments will become a veritable extension of our list. So what say you our lovely readers? Where do you go for what? Any unexpected places that always deliver the goods? Oh and we just know we’re forgetting something so if you can think of any categories that we didn’t cover or stores that we were fools not to mention just let us know!

Psst- Wanna know where we got almost every item in our house? Click here for a full breakdown in our room by room source list. And if any of those items are no longer available, we’ve searched high and low for extremely similar (or identical) options right here in our amazon shop so swing through there to see that collection as well. Happy hunting…


  1. says

    another really great place for decorative accessories and art is etsy.com. there are so many amazing artists and you’re supporting homemade, which is as great as supporting local. plus, you have a greater chance of not seeing your favorite accessory in someone else’s house. who wants that?!

  2. says

    Thank you for this post! My boyfriend and I recently moved into an apartment together and have ONE rug. I’ve had a hard time figuring out where to look, aside from the typical Target and Ikea, so this was very helpful. :)

  3. says

    This list is great; Thanks for taking the time to compile this!

    I was happy to see that Overstock made most of the categories – this is typically the first place I look, I can’t hype them up enough! $2.95 shipping on anything has saved us literally hundreds of dollars (especially by buying headboards and mattresses), and I’m continually amazed at even their collection of clothes and shoes.

  4. says

    Re: Curtain Rods – Walmart has a pretty and inexpensive line of BHG brand products. They were great for our 4 bedroom windows that we were just hanging sheers from.

    For heavy drapes, Joann’s carries a quality line of various style rods (long included) and hardware, including an Eddie Baurer line. The EB line is pricey but sign up for their mailing list and get their 40-50% coupons regularly!

    Lumber Liquidators has a store in DE. Just 45 mins away from us and we can buy our floors TAX FREE! It’s a huge savings when you’re buying that much. So look to your tax free neighboring states if you can.

    Refridgerators, Dishwashers, Stoves, Washer/Dryer, power tools, Vacuumns, (and sometimes TVs) – Sear’s Scratch and Dent stores. Sometimes refered to as the repair center. Call ahead to see if they only do repairs or if they sell refurbished appliances too. Nearly all the home appliances (not vacuumns or tvs) are brand new! They just have a scratch or dent in it and the original buyer had the delivery people send it back for another. We bought our fridge there for approximately $300 because it had a penny sized dent at the bottom of the door. Also, depending on how long it’s been sitting in the “showroom”, it’s another 30% or more off! They deliver and take away too.

    I love the list. I’m going to save it to my favorites.

  5. Carol N. says

    Love the list of your sources. I shop most of those (but no IKEA here, boo). Sometimes you can find decorative items at Steinmart too. I have a neat faux-leather storage bench that I use as a coffee table from Steinmart. It is perfect in the downstairs den and it was a whopping $49. My mom also got a neat iron bench for $20 on sale there. The fabric wasn’t something she could use but she got a yard of zebra look fabric for %17 at Calico Corners and we recovered it ourselves. It look just like a $250 bench we had seen at a local shop and it was less than $40! Score!

  6. Katie says

    Michael’s is one of my favorite frame places- they have a lot of variety for larger frames (8×10 and up) and they’re almost always 50% off.

  7. Heather D says

    Thanks for the list! Just wanted to add Simplefloors.com to the list for hardwood flooring. When we were looking for hardwoods for our house, they had the best prices. Their customer service was amazing too, they were very helpful. They happily sent us lots of free samples and were very easy to work with. I would highly recommend looking on their site if you’re looking for hardwoods.

  8. Lauren says

    Just a quick note on Alisha’s comment about the IKEA Vivan curtains, I just bought those this weekend and they are 1. fabulous and 2. only 9.99/pair instead of the $14 Sherry mentioned- must be those new low IKEA 2010 prices :)

    Also, I purchased the IKEA Stockholm Figur curtains ($29.99/pair) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70141681 and paired them together with the Vivan for more privacy and a more drape-y look. Very chic!

  9. heather says

    I am a fan of your blog and an even bigger fan of resource lists but I was a little bummed that every category consisted primarily of big box retailers. Would love to see more ebay, etsy, craigslist and small local or online shops that offer handmade or repurposed items (if only to help broaden my own horizons, as I tend to default to the big stores, too).

    Congrats on the baby and keep up the great DIY work.

    • says

      Hey Heather,

      Did you read the paragraphs before and after the list? We definitely encouraged everyone to support local and non-chain stores like small businesses (which we also do quite religiously). We also included eBay, Etsy and Craigslist along with thrift stores in quite a few categories! Hope it helps!


  10. says

    I love Amazon.com because my fiance has the Prime membership which means free shipping on lots of great stuff. The membership is totally worth it (especially for bibliophiles).


  11. says

    Ok, so you’ve listed every category under the sun…except baby stuff! You’re probably waiting until the baby/nursery posts, but I can’t wait to hear your sources. I feel like I’ve run out of inspiration.

    • says

      Ooh good question Sarah! So far we’ve been looking for rugs, armchairs, dressers and other nursery related items everywhere from Overstock and Target to thrift stores and Craigslist. Oh and of course we’ve been browsing around at Ikea, Home Goods, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx for smaller accents like lamps and storage baskets. Here’s hoping we uncover more sources as we go!


    • says

      Ooh good question Sarah! So far we’ve been looking for rugs, armchairs, dressers and other nursery related items everywhere from Overstock and Target to thrift stores and Craigslist. Oh and of course we’ve been browsing around at Ikea, Home Goods, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx for smaller accents like lamps and storage baskets. Here’s hoping we uncover more sources as we go!


  12. Sara says

    Thanks for the list – adding to favorites!

    I just bought some satin nickel knobs and cup pulls from Amazon.com for my kitchen cabinets – they were the cheapest I found (I compared Lowe’s and Home Depot pricing) – I got 16 pieces of hardware plus 6 matching hinges for $48 (and that’s INCLUDING shipping costs). Tip: To make some extra cash, sell your old hardware/hinges on ebay!