There’s nothing better than the thrill of the hunt, scouring local furniture and antique stores for that elusive unicorn of home decor. Maybe it’s the perfect ottoman, a painting for the bedroom or a new light fixture. You believe it exists (if only in your mind!), and you won’t stop until you find it.

We’ve found three furniture stores that will help in your home decor search, all specializing in bringing one-of-a-kind pieces to Memphis at affordable prices. By making first-rate furniture more financially accessible, these shops meet a tall home and décor order — combining high style with wallet-friendly prices.

Quirky light fixtures hang from wall to wall in the front room of Worlds Apart.

Quirky light fixtures hang from wall to wall in the front room of Worlds Apart.

Worlds Apart

324 S. Hollywood St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 529-0844
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Worlds Apart is the outlet of Worlds Away, a Memphis-based manufacturer of case goods and furnishings carried at retailers including Neiman Marcus and showcased in hotels from Dubai to Dallas. The outlet on South Hollywood stocks an ever-evolving collection of home furnishings, with a focus on transitional and contemporary styles. Worlds Apart features a stockpile of bold and gorgeous furnishings, light fixtures, mirrors, fabrics and more. With an in-house seamstress and a delivery service, Worlds Apart consolidates shopping and removes the hassle from buying unwieldy, weighty pieces.

SB TIP: Drop by often! Inventory moves in and out of the store every day, so you’re sure to find new treasures with each visit.

Blue Sadler Counter Stool, $250 each at Worlds Apart.

The decor and furniture choices are endless at Worlds Apart, including these blue Sadler Counter Stools, $250 each.

Paintings, photographs, and prints line the shop walls at Frugal Home Finds.

Paintings, photographs and prints line the shop walls at Frugal Home Finds.

Frugal Home Finds

531 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 347-0616
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chris and Neala Hester opened Frugal Home Finds four years ago. They ran the business out of their home for nearly three years before moving to their current location on the Highland Strip. Chris says they consider the shop an “extension of [their] home,” and it’s obvious that he really does mean it. The Hesters offer a carefully curated and always rotating stock of fabulous home goods at even more fabulous prices.


Frugal Home Finds receives a fresh shipment each week — an 18-wheeler packed with unique pieces. That means you never see two of the same item in the store. The Hesters receive closeouts, overstocks and minor imperfection pieces from high-end designer stores, and then they turn around to offer up these brand new items at unbeatable prices.

Chris sums it all up like this: “I guess you could say we’re kinda like a brick-and-mortar flash sale store.”

SB TIP: Search the shop head-to-toe to win one of the weekly scavenger hunts! The Hesters price one item each week at $1, and the steal is yours if you find it first!

Image: Gold and White Dinosaur Box, $79.

Gold and white dinosaur box, $79, at Frugal Home Finds


4934 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 249-5765
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tom Nadeau founded Nadeau, whose tagline is Furniture With a Soul, in Southern California in 1991, with the idea that “great furniture should be attainable by everyone.” By sidestepping distribution centers and forming solid, sustainable relationships with its suppliers, Nadeau is able to offer affordable furniture that is unique and handmade.

Today, there are more than 25 Nadeau shops across the country. Nadeau Memphis (opened in March) is centrally located in East Memphis on Poplar Avenue between Erin Drive and Mendenhall Road, so you can pop in and out of the shop on your way to and from anywhere in the area. Laura Finley, Nadeau Memphis’ manager, says, “People need to know that we are wholesale shopping in a retail atmosphere. All of our furniture is imported from India and Indonesia and is handmade from solid, real woods.”

SB TIP: According to Laura Finley and the rest of the Nadeau Memphis staff, “If you love it, buy it!” Inventory turns over crazy-quick, so if you choose to “sleep on it,” the piece you love today may already be gone by tomorrow!

A gorgeous storefront setup of blues and greens at Nadeau.

A gorgeous storefront setup of blues and greens at Nadeau

Image: Twin Gold Elephants, $38 each at Nadeau.

Twin gold elephants, $38 each, at Nadeau

We love these Memphis businesses for their common commitment to furniture with character and for their guaranteed bargains! Stop by and check them out for yourself, and make sure to tell them StyleBlueprint sent you!

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