by Bonnie Joy Flamm,

Photograph provided by dorena-wm

There are two important things about redecorating. The first one is to think about it, and the second is to put your plan into action. Here are a couple of tips on how to redecorate within your budget.

First, consignment stores. Don’t even think of them as “thrift” stores; these new consignment centers have upscale and even designer furnishings at a fraction of what you would pay for them in retail stores.

Second, discover the new outdoor marketplaces — once known as “flea markets.” Ewww — just the very words “flea” and “market” = gross!

Instead, pursue the best known outdoor marketplaces in America, such as the ones in Springfield, Ohio, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Good luck!

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