Published on January 1st, 2020 | by Mary-Morgan Byrd


New Year, New Vibes!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS! Can you believe it’s already a new year!? 2020 at that! I hope everyone of you had wonderful holidays with friends and family and are looking forward to an exciting new year full of adventure and possibilities! My little growing family rang in the New Year in our new home, which is always exciting! Moving, while stressful and tiring, can also be super exciting and fun, and your chance to redecorate! No matter what your budget is, whether $0 to $100000, you can make a new space completely different than your last space; fresh and ready for life’s next chapter. 

I have moved several times in my life and each time I decorate somewhat differently than the previous home. Mostly using stuff I already have, with some new thrown in. You can simply rearrange items you already have in different rooms and in completely different ways for a whole new look. You can repurpose things you no longer really have a use for, or simply pop a new color paint on a bland coffee table. You get the idea. A lot can be done with stuff you already have. Really all you need is your imagination and time. And Pinterest doesn’t hurt either. 

If you would rather buy a couple (or a ton) new (or new-to-you) items, there are always the trusty options such as Target, Home Goods, TJ MAXX and more! All very good options in my opinion. I have bought many home goods from Target and TJ Maxx especially. I love a good deal and they usually deliver. If I want even more of a good deal, which HELLO I always do, I always go to my fave spots for used and vintage. The Rescue Mission beside Land of Cotton, Land of Cotton, Olly’s and Dirt Cheap. What is even better than the contents these stores hold is that in Dothan, they are all lined up nicely for you in a row. You can go straight from one store to the other. 

The Rescue Mission has everything from clothes (yes I buy MANY clothing items here) to furniture to mugs. They already good deals and sometimes they have discounts on top of already low prices. Land of Cotton can be more expensive, but it all depends. They have individual booths so some booths may sport higher prices than others. I have found many good antique pieces of furniture, books, hats and odds and ends here for good prices. Sometimes the owner of the booth will be there and you can negotiate also! Olly’s has a ton of odds and ends and you never know what you’ll find. It is smaller than the other stores but I’ve still found super cute stuff here. African baskets, cute summer drinking straws, Magnolia lanterns and more! Now DIRT CHEAP….the holy grail really. I will go ahead and say it can be quite overwhelming. I don’t go on weekends, only on week days, and mid-day/afternoon usually. Be prepared to spend some time in here if you really want to look and find some gems! It isn’t very organized so look everywhere. I have found amazing rugs, cute little décor items, outdoor furniture, even shoes here. Once I bought like 20 items for less than $40 sooooo…Dirt Cheap is at the tippy top of my list for when you are looking for cute things to redecorate or accent your new home! Definitely check out the usual places but make it a point to check out these too! You wont regret it!  AND there are other local stores that have super cute home accents also like Dothan Nurseries, Naomi & Olive, The Peanut Gallery, East River Trading and Well Rooted to name a few. If you aren’t necessarily looking to spend minimal $ and want to get cute, unique things while supporting local businesses, definitely check these places out!! 

Dothan has so many gems for every budget, you just have to go out and look. Check all the local stores, thrift stores and antique stores. I think you’ll be very happy you did!

Happy hunting and Happy New Year! I hope 2020 is the best for you yet! 

<3 Mary-Morgan xo

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