There’s something in the air…

Maybe it’s because school is starting up again. (Although it’s been many a year since there was anyone in my household going “back” to school.)
Or because the days are getting noticeably shorter.
Or because it’s been a year since there was any remodeling mess in my home.

But I’m feeling, well, nest-y recently. Which means, natch,

I get to haunt my local resalers, recyclers, and re-imaginer places.

What can I do, economically and sustainably, to make my home more me? Here’s an article which got my imagination twitching. A DIY in Kentucky. (And here’s the blogger whose home it is.)

And here’s our resale mavens’ Home with a History Pinterest Board, and ideas for painting your thrifty finds or even taking it a step further….

And here’s the idea I’m jonesing on right now….

or maybe this….

But here’s the point I want to make!

 

Save money in the fridge. Spend it on resale.

Don't waste money on wasted veggies. Save the veggies AND your money for a scrumptous gentlky-used designer handbag!

USDA report (Released in February 2014) “In the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices.”

How much food does your household throw away? Mostly because it was stored incorrectly (well, then there’s those weird vegetables that no one would eat. Kale, we’re looking directly at you.)

Think how much healthier your wallet would be if you didn’t waste food. And how much nicer your wardrobe or home decor would be, if you didn’t throw away money on food you throw away.

Here’s how to store, where to store, and how long your groceries will keep if you do it right.

Remember, a broccoli saved is a designer handbag earned!

 

Photo from, and more amazing foodie fashions at, Urban Gardens Web.

Care what you wear: An Earth Day message

feel good in your clothes

This graphic was inspired by this message on Organic Consumers Association. The full text of their 10th reason to care what you wear is:

The choices you make regarding your clothing are not only expressions of style or identity, but are vital to personal health as well as environmental and ethical responsibility.You should feel good in your clothes. Good about the way your clothes were produced and made. Good about their effects on your health. Good about the way they make you feel. Consumerist culture is toxic in the way it encourages people to constantly buy and replace clothing produced through unethical conditions. It can be difficult to divorce yourself from this toxic culture, to establish your clothing choices outside of this pressure. To not care about clothes is not the solution. The solution is to care how fibers are produced and processed. To care how your clothes are made. To care what’s in the garments you wear next to your skin, and ultimately, to care how you feel wearing them. The solution is simple: Care what you wear.

How to Shop Resale: A Shopkeeper Tip

Who’s the best person to ask about how to find those great deals in a consignment, resale or thrift shop?Shopping advice from a consignment shop keeper

 

The shopkeeper, of course! Here’s great advice:

While you’re browsing, don’t forget to look at at least 3 sizes. Clothing varies so widely among manufacturers, cuts and even the year they were cut.

Exploring the size below what you normally wear, and the size above, is the best way to optimize the treasures you may find and gives you a greater chance of finding that o so perfect fit.

Visit the wise shopkeepers listed on the Resale Shop Directory!