If you've avoided flea markets, I'm here to tell you it's time to take another look. As evidence, check out the furniture and art I found (for very little dough!) last week at Brimfield. (For more Brimfield inspiration, check out what design*sponge and Good Bones, Great Pieces found too.)
If budgets are tight and you don't mind a little hands-on work to freshen up your discoveries, there are some great finds to be had at salvage shops, flea markets, antique stores, and thrift shops.
There are not many problems that paint cannot solve. Give an old piece of furniture a fresh look and feel with a few coats.
Try wallpapering the drawer fronts and adding new hardware too.
Look twice at thrift store lighting. Spray paint and a new shade may be all it needs.
Old postcards in new store-bought frames make for interesting, inexpensive art. Think wide mats and skinny frames for an updated look.
Rene from Cottage and Vine created a gorgeous art wall with Goodwill plates and some spray paint.