A Designer’s Secret Places to Shop

You don't have to splurge on every item to design a swoon-worthy space. Exterior designer Catherine Arensberg reveals her go-to shops for unique bargain finds.

Catherine Arensberg

My favorite designs always combine old and new items to create an evolved-over-time, curated look. Finding one-of-a-kind items to create this feel can be a challenge, but regularly visiting my list of go-to stores inevitably yields something perfect for one of my jobs and has people asking “Where did you find THAT?” Here is a list of my favorite places to shop for unique items:

Home Goods Stores

Old Time Pottery and Hood’s are my favorite places to shop for planters. They carry every style, shape and color under the sun, so if you haven’t been to these places to look for items for your design, stop by and find something special for your design.

Thrift Shops

Open Doors Ministries, Goodwill Easter Seals and America’s Thrift are just a few examples of local thrift stores that hold wonderful, inexpensive treasures to include in your home decor. From wrought iron furniture to planters, thrift stores offer great project pieces to add a unique item to your space at an affordable price.

Salvage Stores

Salvage stores like Charles Phillips Antiques, Southeastern Salvage and Habitat for Humanity ReStore sell construction odds and ends and building seconds, among other things, that can save money on your project and add a custom look to your design.

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We are all shopping online a lot more these days, but even the big stores like Target, Home Depot and Walmart have larger selections online. So if you don’t see what you like in the store, hop online and see what’s available! You’ll be shocked at how many wonderful options there are that will perfectly fit your style.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find everything you need the first time! In all of my favorite places, stock is ever changing and they are always getting new items in, so you have stop in regularly to find pieces that will work for you.

Catherine Arensberg is an exterior designer who specializes in finding ways to create your ultimate outdoor space, no matter the budget. Browse more of her work here: catherinearensberg.com

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