Happy Wednesday! To celebrate the day, and because I think it would be fun, let's play a guessing game. Take a close look at this photo of our foyer and tell me what item I bought new. Every single item except one was purchased from a thrift store, antique store or second hand.
Furnishing our home in this frugal way started back when we were just out of grad school. We had a decor budget of $5 a week, and that was a even splurge in my husband's opinion. Now thrifting is just my very favorite way to design and decorate our spaces because I find unique, well made, one of a kind items.
Another reason I thrift shop is the environmental impact is lighter, and the fact that if I buy something second hand I'm not contributing to any slave labor that may have gone into the making of said product. Research https://slaveryfootprint.org/ for more important information on this subject.
Now back to our guessing game. Which item did I buy new? The gold frame! Not the art print, that was a gift 25 years ago from the artist herself, but the frame I did buy new and had professionally framed because it meant so much to me. I still love it to this day. Every other piece in this photo was bought second hand. The pendant lamp and cabinetry I found at the Restore, the rug and chair were from a church thrift store, the vase and bowl I scouted out at Goodwill, and the mirror was inherited from a college apartment. All together they add up to help form a functional foyer that greets us and our guests.
That was a fun game, let's play again sometime! I love to thrift shop and share how I turn my finds into furnishings that make a house a home.