Frugal Fall Finds {Home Décor}



Even though here in South Texas it’s more like “less summer” than “true fall,” I love grabbing my bins full of pumpkins that I’ve been collecting the past 4 or so years. They’re mostly metallic and sparkly, and I adore each of them like I would a small child.

My lil’ pumpkins.

That sounded kinda dirty, my apologies.

But I also love curating and collecting more fall items every year, so needless to say, I’ve been scouring my fave websites to see what I want to nab this year. And I figured maybe my Monica Wants It readers would also like to get in on the fun, so I bring to you my top 10 frugal fall finds for the home that will give you a lot of bang for your buck for years to come.

I tried to keep them under $20 each with shipping/tax included, or under $10 if you can find them at a store near you.

And you may think it’s kind of early to have such a post, but trust me, if you snooze, you lose. Browse early, buy early, enjoy early.

1.) Fall Scent: Every fall home needs a signature scent. The one in my home used to be creamy pumpkin, but from 2011 until I die, it will now be cinnamon sugared donut by Bath & Body Works.


At $5 for a little jar of their home fragrance oil, this will last you for YEARS. I’ve had some little vials of scents for over 5 years and am still not done with the bottle. About 5 drops will scent your whole darn house, unless you live in a mansion, in which case, stop reading this list and invite me over for a cocktail or 4.

2.) Sparkly Pumpkins: People, the dollar store is your BFF. And like your BFF, you should visit and chat with her on the regular. If you did this, you’d know that Dollar Tree is rolling out their GOOD Halloween stuff already. If you go in October, you’ll end up with the vampire teeth candy that I am pretty sure is made of chalk, not sugar. They have a new addition this year that is actually kinda cute:


Glittery gourds! These would be great to incorporate on mantles or tablescapes. And unlike typical fold out décor (honeycomb baby shower centerpiece, anyone?) these don’t look tacky! $1 each at Dollar Tree.

3.) Shimmering Votive Holders: The great thing about this set is not only the gorgeousness of them, but it’s also the fact that if you want to leave these up into Christmas, New Year’s or Easter (don’t judge) they totally will look fine. Even better? Go halfsies with a friend, and you can get 6 stunning, shimmering votive holders for $10. If you can’t find anyone to go halfsies with, $20 at ZGallerie.


4.) Mercury Glass Pumpkin: I show you how to easily make one, but if DIY is not your thing, the absolute cheapest and most beautiful mercury glass pumpkin is $18 at Kirkland’s. I’ve seen this beauty in person, and she is swoon worthy. Print coupons (or show them the coupon on your smartphone) for even more savings.


5.) Acorn Vase Filler: It may seem silly to buy these, but I unsuccessfully attempted to DIY this last year and ended up with moldy acorns. This set of 54 acorns for $14.50 with free shipping from Pottery Barn is not too shabby. Spray paint them a metallic finish (perhaps half gold/half silver?) for a glitzy finish. Great for vases, candles, or simply scatter them on a table and don’t let squirrels in the house.


6.) Faux Dupioni Chair Wrap: These are so beautiful! Perfect for making your dining set look “new” again, plus if you choose a creamy neutral, it could be great for Thanksgiving/Christmas, too. From Grandin Road, one is $19 or you can get a pair for $29. I am thinking of buying a pair for the 2 head chairs of my dining set.


7.) Pumpkin Serving Dish: This is such a nice way to incorporate some décor when hosting a dinner party. Use it to hold chips, pumpkin fluff or whatever else you desire. At only $8.97 (currently) from Collections, Etc.


8.) Chenille Leaf Placemat: I think the pattern and colors are striking, which means a big impact for only $4 a place setting (on sale) from Kohl’s. I think I need a set of these.


9.) Pumpkin Tea Light Holder: I know, I know…I’m obsessed with mercury glass pumpkins. This one serves double duty, as décor and tea light holder, and is a decent size (6”) and only $10 from Yankee Candle. It’s online only, but luckily they offer flat $5 shipping on all orders under $100.



10.) Burlap Table Runner: I used to be an Etsy seller (still on a semi-permanent hiatus), so I really wanted to showcase a seller who makes beautiful products at affordable prices and is not a huge corporate store. This burlap runner is $10 from Handmade by Sam, and would look beautiful, rustic and chic on any table.


There you have it! Ten accessories for your home that won’t break the bank. If you have a find you’d love to share, please leave it in the comments for everyone to see or hop on over to my Facebook page.

What’s your favorite item on the list?

Also, I was thinking of doing something like this every-other-Monday (with a different them and featuring 5-10 curated items…) is that something you all would like or not really?



  1. Vivian Foster
    August 6, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    Yes, please, continue with frugal finds posts! I love all of these and will be at Dollar Tree this afternoon!

  2. Anonymous
    August 6, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    Yes, you should continue this feature. Love your taste in Fall decor!

  3. Laila @OnlyLaila
    August 6, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    Fall is my favorite season! These are great ideas to get ready.

  4. Anonymous
    August 7, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    I think doing a post like this every so often would be a great idea! I'd definitely look forward to it!

  5. Kassi Mortensen
    August 8, 2012 / 5:50 pm

    I love cinnamon scents for the fall!!! And pumpkin anything! Thanks for getting me in a fall mood. 😉

  6. Gina Phillips
    August 9, 2012 / 3:32 am

    i love fall so much and cannot wait to start decorating! thanks for getting my creative juices flowing! :)gina

  7. alicia
    August 9, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    This is a newbie question, but how do you use the scented oils in your house? Do you need an oil burner? Or some sort of diffuser?

  8. BadKitty
    August 26, 2012 / 11:26 am

    Those votive holders are stunning. Really like the acorns too. Just added your blog to my flipboard account. I'll send you good fall vibes from Michigan!

  9. Gabrielle Gorog
    September 8, 2012 / 6:58 am

    Yes, yes. I love the idea of a regular 'Frugal Finds' post. I heart decorating with second hand items, especially. If I find something I LOVE on the cheap, I love it even more. It also makes rotating things out, or gifting your finds to friends easier :).

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