April 20, 2014

Shopping Vintage is Not Only Stylish, But Eco Friendly

If you are looking for a way to help stimulate the economy in an eco-friendly way, whether it is for clothing or home decor, shopping for vintage items is an excellent way to do this.

When you think about it, vintage clothing items and vintage home decor items are already made.  Any resources that have been used in their making have already been used up.  You can buy vintage items to wear as is, or you can take vintage items, and recycle them into new fashions with your own flair.

The best thing about this type of recycling is that vintage is in style, so you don’t even have to worry about being out of style.  Besides, it is so much more fun to make your own unique style anyway.

If shopping for vintage fashions is new to you, a good place to start is your own closet, then your mother’s closet, and even your grandmother’s.  There are probably years worth of clothing that is no longer being worn that you can wear as is, or repurpose by adding or subtracting elements.  Once you have exhausted this supply of vintage items, then the next step is to visit your neighborhood vintage shops, and second hand shops.  Many of these shops carry clothing, furniture and accessories.

Online, there are many sources of vintage clothing and furniture, but the best place to start is Ebay.  Ebay has numerous sellers from across the globe selling just about every kind of vintage item that you can think of, from collectibles, rare antiques, to day to day items like salt and pepper shakers.  Ebay is a lot of fun to shop, and the more you search, the better you will get in finding what you are looking for.  You can search by manufacturer, time period, location, and type of item.  Just keep putting in search terms until you find the item that you want.

Vintage items are usually less expensive than new items unless you are searching for a very rare item.  So that is another reason to shop vintage.  You can save the planet, look chic, and save money at the same time.

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About Paula Atwell

Paula Atwell is the owner of Lake Erie Artists Gallery, and an online freelance writer. She also writes on Cleveland OH Visitor, and Antique Vintage Gallery.

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