These days, we're all pretty used to hearing about the many environmental issues affecting our planet, and all of us living on it. Issues that may be controversial to some folks, and others that are definitely not - but what you choose to believe, or do about it, is up to you.
What do I do? I'm all about the reusing, recycling, and repurposing. I admit, I don't do those things JUST to reduce landfill waste - I love vintage/retro stuff! Some people might consider items to be trash just because they're old or have been previously used - but looking at these things from a different perspective may surprise you.
I picked up these adorable, dusty blue, vintage suitcases at the thrift store last week for $12 - they must have been previously LOVED to be in such great condition. I love them too! (notice how my cat, Scratch, managed to position himself perfectly so that his face was reflected in that little tiny mirror inside the suitcase..what a little sneak!)
Fenton Hobnail was very popular in the late 1940s as were the milk glass versions in the 1950s. Hobnail is making a huge comeback right now, and you can find it in many styles including pitchers, vases, jars, bottles, bowls, candle holders, mugs, and more. Being that all the Etsy sellers, and antique store owners, are snatching up all the hobnail from the thrift stores faster than you can turn your head - I was very surprised to find a vintage hobnail vase sittin' there on the shelf of my local thrift store recently for only $1. *yoink!*
Another big trend that I love right now is vintage books as home decor pieces! Oh sure, you COULD read them if you want, but it's all about how fantastic they look! You can find them at any thrift store... anywhere. Or, online.
Aside from the trendy stuff, you can also find a lot of craft supplies at thrift stores - especially if you're looking for vintage stuff. These are things that can definitely be reused. A lot of the time these things have never even BEEN used, just previously owned. Did you know you can finds tonnes of fabric as well? On my last trip, I picked up some brown corduroy and a patterned blue fabric that I'm going to make a pillow from. I also picked up a huge bag of vintage buttons, needles, and lace for $2. This stuff is gold! I'm working on a new line for my Etsy shop using all of this vintage lace I've been collecting - hope to have it online by the end of Feb!
So, my point of all this is - thrift stores aren't just for penny-pinchers, guys. If you love vintage or retro things, or want to reuse what you can in order to do your part for the environment, then don't be afraid to head over to your local thift or antique store and look around. You might be surprised at what you find, and who doesn't like to save a few bucks or pennies anyways, amirite?