Take a look in your closets and cupboards, and create a striking display with things you already own and love. Best news: It's free!
Budget Decorating Ideas: Curate Your Belongings
This pantry was specially designed to show off the owner's favorite white cake stands.
| Credit: Photo by: Laurey W. Glenn, Styling by: Anne Turner Carroll

Rather than assembling a new collection from scratch, turn to what you already own. Think about your particular interests to get started. Foodies, open your cabinets. Music lovers, gather your ticket stubs. Fashionistas, examine your closets. Once you've found your collection, create a vibrant display with an interesting grouping. It's a great way to fill an empty bookcase, but look beyond the obvious for an unexpected focal point. Collections are one instance when things are better in bulk, so hit flea markets and antiques shows for fun additions. Remember to keep order in your display so no one will mistake abundance for sloppiness.

Start your own collection by shopping a few of our favorite flea markets and antiques shows

  • International Collectibles & Antiques Shows, Charlotte, NC, first weekend of every month; icashows.com
  • Marburger Farm Antique Show, Round Top, TX, April and October; roundtop-marburger.com
  • Renninger's Antiques Extravaganza, Mount Dora, FL, the third weekend of January, February, and November; renningers.com
  • Scott Antique Markets, Atlanta, the second weekend of every month; scottantiquemarket.com