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A Year of Living Thriftily?

So I have this idea and I’m not sure I can do it. But I’d really like to try.

Here it is: What if, for an entire year, I didn’t buy anything?

Ha ha ha ha ha!

Okay so that’s not exactly what I mean. What I’d like to attempt is to not buy anything at a retail store. By “anything” I mean clothes, furniture, household accessories… things that can be bought second hand.

I think I might be up to the challenge.

As a start, today I went to the BTS Thrift Boutique in Culver City. The only thing I was really looking for was a 20 x 16 frame for a painting I got for $1 at another thrift store. I didn’t find a frame, but I did get a set of four demitasse cups ($12) and a pretty decorative bowl ($2).

Realty Fine Porcelain Demitasse Cups

Espresso, anyone?

I’ve been wanting to get some espresso cups for awhile. I’ve got a maker, but nothing to put the finished espresso in. Hostess fail!

Here’s the bowl:

Love the color of the flowers!

Love the color of the flowers!

I just thought it was pretty.

So the parameters of the challenge would be I can only buy most items second hand. That includes furniture, clothing, home decor accessories, gifts, etc. An exemption can be made for items needed for DIY projects, but that needs to be pretty limited–I can buy supplies, but the bulk of the project should come from second hand items or items I already have on hand.

Items like underwear, sportswear, running shoes, and electronics are also exempted. Other things might also be, I just can’t think of them at the moment. But don’t worry, I plan to keep this as real as possible.

Where can I buy? Craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, Etsy vintage, private parties, consignment shops… anything second hand.

The purpose of this challenge is to be more mindful of my purchases and where they come from. I don’t like the idea that people are making cheap garments that I buy at Old Navy or Target for obscenely low wages. I need to consume less and more thoughtfully.

I also need to spend less money!

Can I do this?

Espresso cup

Ahhhhh…

I’m not sure. But it might be fun to try.

Second Hand Diva: Craigslist Bookcase

It took me awhile to catch on to the greatness that is Craigslist, but after buying several of my favorite pieces of furniture from CL, I’m sold.

Admittedly, my house is pretty much furnished. With the exception of a few pieces (like the Eames Lounge I mention here) we’re not in the market for any new furniture. That doesn’t mean I don’t have DIY aspirations.

So I had this idea that I’d search CL, eBay, etc. and look for pieces that I think have potential for greatness and tell you all about it. This is just a starting point, mind you–the logistics of linking to a CL posting makes it pretty unlikely you’d score the exact same piece. My goal is to give you some ideas and inspiration for prettying up your own second hand scores.

Here’s today’s find:

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