▬ SHOPPING SECONDHAND ▬

My vintage closet.   

My vintage closet.   

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm in love with the 1960's and everything from that time (fashion, music, art, home decor, and politics). I mean, look at my closet! Midcentury things aren't just beautiful to look at, they are also made to last and designed to be repaired, which is why I can collect items from that era 56 years later. 

Why Shop Secondhand?

Midcentury pyrex and amber glass. I love daisies! 

Midcentury pyrex and amber glass. I love daisies! 

Pretty much everything we could ever need has already been produced. There are a few exceptions, and I compromise for new items once in a while. The textiles industry is a big time polluter, and cheap clothes are being manufactured every second to meet the demands of fast fashion shoppers. When we shop secondhand first, we are preventing anything new from entering into the waste stream. I love shopping secondhand because I find one of a kind pieces that I know I'll use and take good care of, keeping them out of the landfill. 

Guidelines For Shopping Secondhand

  • Do I need this item? 
  • Will I use it or appreciate it on a weekly basis?
  • Is it perhaps multi-functional? 
  • Is it made to last? 
  • Am I supporting a local business?
  • Can I repair it if it breaks?
  • Is it affordable?
  • Do I need this item? Really.....Do I need this? 

If I can't answer yes to more than half of these questions, I won't buy it. For example, when I bought my nut milk bag online, I wasn't supporting a local business, but I couldn't find one locally that wasn't packaged in plastic. Other times, something may not be affordable upfront; however, in the long run it's worth the investment. Like my stainless steel safety razor!