Reclaimed Retro

Apologies yet again for my leisurely blogging schedules, I have, however, had lots of exciting affairs going on, one being going on holiday to Canada to visit the family and getting nostalgic for all my childhood stomping grounds, smells and flavours!

On the theme of nostalgia, this has also been the month of antiques, and tracking down once loved goods that need new homes. Tom and I are moving into a new home this September (another exciting pursuit) and are trying to find some lovely pieces to furnish the space on a modest budget. We are trying to avoid spending a lot of money on furniture for a space we don’t yet own so, under the advice of many of our friends, we started looking at alternatives such as local furniture charity shops. I was astonished at the variety and quality of the goods at these thrift stores and actually even fell in love with a couple of pieces  -especially so when I found out how cheap some of them were!

I really recommend anyone to go look in a second-hand shop or even join their local neighbourhood network on sites such as Preloved  that sell goods from nearly new to really old. Like a cyber car boot sale,  Preloved is packed with second-hand bargains, you can also shop by categories to save time. Even better is that they’ve also now added a new section called Freeloved which is like Freegive in that the items are even being given away for free, of course you can always see them first before agreeing to inherit them. The beauty of these websites is that they connect people who are giving, and needing, unwanted items for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse, reduce, recycle and keeping good stuff out of landfills. It’s completely free to join and everything posted must be free.

A lot of the pieces I’ve recently found are really on trend and have that 70’s retro feel…Also, with them being such good value you can afford to experiment a little and give the pieces a little personal touch. If it’s a soft furnishing why not re-upholster it in a new fabric? If it’s made of wood….why not sand it down and give it a brand new finish with a stain or statement paint colour? Let’s admit it, a home with a bit of character is always for more interesting than a carbon copy of the Ikea catalogue, not to mention the environmental implications!

If you are going to buy second hand furniture I recommend you to check out this website that has 20 tips to consider before you do…

Other sites to check out would be…Gumtree, ebaySecondlife, and Oxfam to name a few. I endeavour to take my own advice and hope to post some pics of my new/ old furniture soon!

xo Vanessa

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