Who doesn’t love the charm and elegance of that old money aesthetic? It smells like leather, and has just the right patina. Think classic, timeless, and oh-so-sophisticated style that whispers, not shouts—it never raises its voice, that would be so new money (cringe!)—luxury. But let’s be real, most of us aren’t rocking the bank account of a Rockefeller or Vanderbilt, or any other titan of industry. But don’t worry, you can still channel that old money vibe without needing a billionaire budget. Here’s how to ooze that high-society look for less with 5 fabulously frugal (because alliteration doesn’t cost any extra) tips.

1. Thrift store chic

The first stop on our journey to opulence? The local thrift store. (Yes, really!) Thrift stores can be jackpots of vintage and classic pieces for your old money aesthetic at a fraction of the cost. Look for items like silver serving trays, crystal decanters (for your brandy), or fancy picture frames. And let’s not forget about fashion—tweed jackets, silk scarves, and brooches can often be picked up for just a few dollars. If you look carefully, you can find pieces that look like they came straight from an estate sale. (and some of them might have!)

2. DIY grandeur

Who says you need a master craftsman? Channel your inner DIY guru by upcycling furniture. Take an old chair, add a fresh coat of paint, maybe some new upholstery in a classic pattern like houndstooth, and boom—just like that you’ve got a piece that screams old money without the hefty price tag. You can also do this with décor items like lamps and mirrors, using gold spray paint to add that perfect touch of luxe. No one has to know you did it yourself!

3. Book it!

Nothing says old money like a well-stocked library. (Then you can look well read on top of the old money thing. Double threat!) You can easily create the look with second-hand books picked up cheaply at yard sales or thrift stores. Display your finds in an elegant bookcase or stack some horizontally on a coffee table for an elegant intellectual touch. It’s not just decorative, it’s an invitation to curl up with a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

4. Artful displays

Art with that old money aesthetic can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Reproductions of classic paintings are affordable and can add a serious shot of culture to your walls. And if you’re artistically inclined, why not try creating your own artwork? A simple abstract piece or a painted landscape can add a classy personal touch. Even beautifully framed botanical prints or old maps can create interesting visual appeal that feels both sophisticated and curated, and maybe a little bit mysterious.

5. Cultivate an indoor garden

The old money aesthetic often includes an element of nature, so why not start an indoor garden? (New money does the gardening outside, old money says what the hell—bring that greenery in here!) A selection of lush green plants can bring a breath of fresh air into any space and make it look more luxurious. Choose large leafy plants like a rubber tree or a majesty palm, and put them in simple, understated pots. If you’re feeling extra fancy (and why shouldn’t you?), a vase of fresh flowers on the dining table is never the wrong move, and can be picked up affordably at your local market.