If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that Blake and I moved to North Carolina from Florida a few months ago. As everyone knows… it’s always a process to get your house set up, organized and decorated as you want.
Especially if you’re like me and like to thrift or buy second hand as much as you can. Now, it’s not that I’m completely against buying new things- I still do from time to time, but I love the ability to salvage something that would otherwise go to landfill. (It’s like a huge thrill for me.. haha!) I also love the challenge of it. Anyone can go to Target and make a room look good, but it takes patience and dedication to thrift a room!
Thrifting for me, is one of the biggest hallmarks of sustainable living. It’s saying no to big corporations who most often do not have sustainable or ethical initiatives in their product line. Instead, its choosing to contribute to a circular economy where something is not simply thrown away (a linear economy), but it is repurposed and reused.
When I do buy new, I aim to buy from brands that have sustainable and ethical values. One such brand is SOL Organics- where I get my bedding! I’ve used SOL for almost two years now and I couldn’t love them more. Their mission is so aligning with my own. They are sustainable, organic, fair trade, and transparent. They have a commitment to no child labor- EVER, and they partner only with facilities that pay a LIVING wage and are committed to the wellbeing of the people who work there. PLUS, $7.50 from each sale goes to one of the 4 charities they’ve partnered with. How cool is that?!
“I can’t help but think about the people making those products. Who are they? What are their working conditions? Are children involved? How can I be sure? How can my customers be sure? –Vishal Naithani, Co-Founder”
So you get the picture, they’re great. (Use code RFF20 for 20% off)
To recap, reasons to thrift:
You are saving items from landfill instead of purchasing something new.
It’s so much cheaper!
It’s incredibly rewarding. It’s like a treasure hunt!
You find unique stuff - your house will not be “cookie cutter”!
You often support local charities with your purchase.
Now for my thrifted finds and some before and afters! I love me a good up-cycling project and a picture is worth 1000 words, right?!
To be honest- I really did like this chair as it was, but it was just too dark for my room. Our bedroom is already quite dark due to it’s position from the sun and the painted wood floors, so I wanted items that brought it up. I certainly didn’t do a “good” job as recovering it… but it works and I’m happy with it!
So the moral of the story here is… anything can be made adorable with a coat of white paint! haha!
Having plants in our bedroom is non- negotiable for me. They purify the air and bring me so much joy. I had built some large plant shelves for our old bedroom but sadly, I am unable to hang them in our new rental house. (it’s in the contract -_- ) So, I had to come up with another way to house my plants! Problem solved when I found this beaut on FB marketplace!
The rest of the things in the bedroom I have thrifted or found at an antique market. And a few things I did buy new 3 years ago like the blackout shades and the wooden circular mirror.
Well, thats all I have for now, y’all! I hope you’ve been inspired to do some second hand shopping of your own! Let me know what you find!
Sustainably Supported by SOL Organics. As always, all opinions are mine & these are products I truly love! #sponsored