Reusing is Green: Finding Second Hand Craft Supplies

Reusing is Green: Finding Second Hand Craft Supplies

2. Furniture

Literally all of the furniture in my home is from garage sales, thrift stores, or Craigslist. I don’t even think I personally own any furniture that was bought new from a store. Here are a few examples of furniture pieces that I’ve bought (and redone) from my home:

Furniture is so expensive and most furniture now is made from compressed materials. Real wood furniture can be redone and will last a lot longer than furniture made from compressed materials. Plus, it’s so much fun to find a bargain! You can make your house look incredible on a tight budget. If you need more tips on redoing thrifted furniture, check out this roundup of eco-friendly stains and paints to revive old furniture.

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Written by Bonnie Getchell

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer!

If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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  1. Good topic to cover. It’s strange to me though how reusing is trendy when many my age and older have done this most of our lives. I buy as many supplies as I can from thrift stores, etc. I feel fortunate when I find a large stash of fabric or yarn someone gave to the thrift shop 🙂

  2. I love buying craft supplies at thrift stores, and re purposing trash into supplies. Not everyone has the time to scour thrift stores however. Also when you have a project and you need an awesome blue tie, you might not be able to find one that same day at your local thrift store. That’s why I started Courgette, my Artfire shop to share my vintage and repurposed craft supplies.

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