6 Clever Interior Design Ideas Using eBay Finds

As a decorator I get paid to shop. That sounds like a dream job! The downside is that searching for interesting pieces within a set price range can be time consuming. With the price of gas, it can also be expensive to drive all over town. For me, online shopping becomes very appealing as well as practical.

One of my favorite places to shop for interesting and unique items is eBay. I remember the night I first discovered this wonderful site. I spent hours thinking up things to find. Need an Elvis suit? An original Pac Man game? A discontinued fragrance? Someone is probably trying to sell it and eBay will connect you with them.

This is a great site for decorating your home. Make a list of accessories you need to pull your rooms theme together and start shopping. Once you open an account with eBay, you can create a wish list so that you will be alerted when something you want is placed on the market.

Here are some interesting items that I found online:

1. Are you trying to create a vintage bathroom? Hang a glass front cabinet on the wall and fill it with old medicine bottles. A quick eBay search found a variety available for a few dollars. Add to this talcum powder tins and antique razors and you will feel like you are in your great grandmothers bathroom. Nostalgic touches can be very creative decorating.

2. Pottery and glassware are plentiful on eBay. This the fastest way to start a collection that would look great on top of your kitchen cabinets or on your bookshelves. Usually they will draw nice comments from your guests.

3. Cast iron doorstops are another collectible that can easily be bought. Dogs, floral arrangements and even the state of Texas are represented in these decorative pieces. Use them as a door stop or display them along the baseboard of a hallway to create floor art.

4. To add a focal point to a stone floor or wall, check out the marble stone mosaics available. They are hand cut and mesh mounted for easy installation when you are laying tile work. This category also has listings for colorful hand painted pieces that would look wonderful in a backsplash, tabletop or around the edge of a swimming pool.

5. I love the little details in a room. The light pulls that you can buy for less than $5 are a perfect way to add fun to your ceiling fan. I found whales, dragonflies, geckos and billiard balls to buy. I also searched and found great finials that you can also purchase for your lights. These little touches make a big difference.

6. It would be great fun to use the toys you grew up with to decorate a childs playroom? If your beloved items have been given away, you can buy new memories on eBay. Type in vintage toys and see what comes up. It is so much fun to go back in time in this category. I even found a set of 1968 Play-Doh Cans ( empty, thankfully!)

Grab a glass of lemonade and go shopping online this week. You will find things you may have never thought of to buy for your home and it will add to your creative arsenal that will have your guests raving about your decorating abilities.