Think that being a Non-Consumer means living in a yurt with curbside furniture finds?
Everything in my living room was bought second hand for much, much less than if I’d gone to any furniture store. And frankly, it’s superior quality, and because it’s antique it will never go out of style.
The couch was bought for $125 from a vintage furniture shop. It had great fabric in excellent condition, which I’m guessing has survived 70 years (or so) and should last a great deal longer.
The desk was bought for $15 at my local Goodwill thrift shop. I call it my Jane Austen desk. (It’s where I pen my angry letters to Mr. Darcy.)
The rug is a place holder, it will do until I come across what I actually want. It was free from my mother. It’s acrylic, which I don’t like. (Make it do!)
The green velvet arm chair was sitting all raggedy on my mother’s porch. It had been offered to me, and I kept declining. That is, until I saw a similar (but not as ornate) chair for $1800 in a local store. I had it recovered.
The coffee table was bought for $125 on craigslist.org. Because the front of the couch has a convex curve, I craved a round coffee table. I knew that I wanted an antique cut down pedestal table. I just didn’t want to cut one down myself. (I’ve got enough projects on hand already, thank you!) I kept an eye out for awhile before finding this one, but when I did see it, it was exactly what I was looking for.
The alabaster lamp was $15 at an estate sale. The lampshade was a couple bucks at Goodwill.
The red velvet Morris chair was a splurge at $250 on craigslist. I will have it forever.
All the doo-dads were a couple bucks here, a couple bucks there.
You get the gist.
It may sound like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t. All I do is keep my eyes open.
And I don’t have to worry about how to decorate the round walls of a yurt.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”