AKA: Where to find super cheap pillow forms.
I’m not ashamed to say that I’m crazy frugal. In fact, I’m quite proud of it. I don’t like to spend money. Scratch that. I don’t like to spend more money than I have to. I refuse to pay $40 for something I can get for $5 somewhere else. My hubby jokes that most men have problems with their wives spending too much money. But not him. I am always on the hunt for a great bargain. I stalk thrift stores, search garage sales, and scour clearance aisles. Just call me the Bargain Hunter! Da-dun! I’m like the Crocodile Hunter… minus the awful stingray accident. Just imagine me spotting a deal in it’s natural habitat…….. nevermind.
Just because I’m not willing to compromise on price does not mean I am willing to compromise on quality. Pillows are no exception to my frugality. I luuurrve pillows. But I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get them. The average cotton pillow form costs about $15 and the average down pillow form costs $40. No thanks. So I’m going to give you my little secret of where to get high quality pillow forms for super cheap!
Step 1: Go to a thrift store.
Step 2: Go to the area where they keep the pillows.
Step 3: Get a little handsy. Start groping those pillows until you find the ones that are filled with down. Ignore the current fabric on them, you can switch it out.
Step 4: Look at the price tag and notice that they cost, at most, $5.
Step 5: Grab as many of them as your grubby arms can hold and run to the checkout, cackling like a crazy person.
If you can’t find any at your local thrift store, check out garage sales and the clearance aisle at TJ Maxx or Homegoods. There are often many good down pillow form choices there, but they are a tinsy bit more expensive (closer to $8-$12 per pillow form).
Step 6: Remove the covers on the pillows. Those with zippers are nice and easy to remove. But if the pillow cover is not easily removable, take a seam ripper to the seams.
Step 7: Toss the pillows into your washing machine… you don’t know where they’ve been. Wash them in cold water with your normal detergent and 1/2 a cup of bleach. Dry them on low heat with a dryer ball.
Step 8: Once dry, grab some fabric and make your own pillows!
A few weeks ago, after I gave you guys a little update on our living room I realized that I desperately needed some pillows. And not just the ones that came with the couches. Pillows can really help make a room. They pull the colors together and make it seem really cohesive. (Psst! I also got that gorgeous gold throw for only $12 in the Target super clearance!)
And here you can see how the colors are really coming together. Woo! My brain child is coming to life! I’m just about dying over the combination of minty blue/navy/gold. I love them.
And I know I am going to have people yell at me for this one… but here is a glimpse of why I was avoiding the right side of the room in the above pictures. Yes. The tree is up. Don’t judge me. Me + Christmas = besties.
But at least in this picture you can see how the room is starting to come together. The new pillows definitely compliment the dresser turned media stand!
Do you have a secret place you get something for cheap?? Share your bargain hunter ways with me!