High Style on a Dime

High Style on a Dime: Save on Decorating in Spokane, WA

Spokane, Washington, widely considers itself to be part of the urban Pacific Northwest. This means that folks (many of whom you will find are hipsters) are strongly grounded in their own regional and local culture of reusing and recycling items. But reusing and recycling goes beyond the practical realm into that of the aesthetic and you’ll find that in many homes, shops, and restaurants, reusing and recycling are often done creatively, and with good taste to boot. As we’ll show you in this piece, upcycling is a great way to save money when you are trying to spruce up your place without emptying your wallet. This piece will introduce you to key ideas and sites for (re)-creating high style on a dime and you’ll find that you will not only save money, but that you also fit into your new place perfectly.


As you explore options for decorating your new place in Spokane, finding ways to save big should not be especially difficult. You can first gather ideas simply from observing how local people upcycle their old or second hand materials, whether it’s in the home of your new friends or in the coffee shop on Main Street. Upcycling means that you are taking items that can no longer be used for their original purpose and putting new paint on them, so to speak, for more aesthetic and quality uses. Here is a particularly unique example of upcycling–an old TV set that has been converted into a liquor cabinet and bar top counter: see Featured Image.


Upcycling doesn’t need to be this elaborate or involved, however. You can do similar things with your furniture and decorations, such as painting old glass jars, etching out some designs, and putting some candles in them. Use these new “lamps” as mood lighting for your indoor or outdoor spaces:


Image credit: http://theberry.com/2012/12/04/the-upcycling-craze-24-photos/upcycling-ideas-0/


There are many places where you can get materials for upcycling. As this last illustration shows, many of these materials can be found right in your own home. Ask yourself what kinds of things can you repurpose for decorating. Do you have to buy paint, or can you use an old bottle of nail polish to make your items new? Are there old clothing items that you can use for table covers or sofa throws?


Another great thing about living in Spokane is that there is no shortage of antique, vintage, or second-hand shops where you can browse on a dime. True, some popular items or trends can be quite expensive these days, but take a minute to look around and see what you can get for a bargain. The old TV set in the first picture is a good example of something that you might be able to find cheap, the reason being it is not usable in terms of its original purpose. It might even start off worn down, but you can also easily refurbish such an item inexpensively.


The great thing about upcycling is not only does it save you money, it’s a great way to become part of an existing and fast-growing trend in your new city. Moreover, it can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be because there’s nothing better than being able to flex your creative powers while contracting your wallet!

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Jennifer is in her first year with MyNewPlace.  She is excited to be a writer for the company while she finishes her Ph.D. in Anthropology, which she expects to receive from American University this May. ...