Second hand, vintage shopping
One of the things I talk about a lot in my real world, but not so much on here is my passion for sustainability when it comes to all parts of my life, not just farming. Instagram accounts can be a bit limiting. We get a flavour or theme in our accounts and we feel like some things don’t fit so we leave them out. But, I don’t feel like doing that anymore. It’s boring. I want to talk about a bunch of things so I’m going to.
A huge part of what our family consumes is through second hand, vintage shopping. We have enough stuff on planet earth to outfit us for the rest of eternity. We don’t need more plastic, particle board coffee tables. We don’t need a new flannel shirt. It’s all here already! Hell, I’m not going to pay $80 for some crappy, GMO cotton shirt that supports the destruction of the environment, miserable working conditions, and a myriad of issues too long to blab about here (but please, if you don’t know, educate yourself). Why do that when that shirt has already been made? It’s sitting at the thrift store waiting for me. It was made with care, years ago, somewhere other than China. It’s $5 quality you can’t buy for any price today. It was made before GMO cotton became ubiquitous. And, it’s a beauty, an original.
Same with housewares. Who wants a house that looks like a carbon copy of a big box store’s display?
That’s not to say everything new is horrible, but I think we all need to consider what we’re supporting when we buy clothes. There are so many small scale manufacturers that use ethical and environmentally sound materials and provide their workers with healthy working conditions that allow them to have a good quality of life. Just like what we want for ourselves and our families.
Over the years, as I’ve learned more, I have evolved my approach to consuming goods. What isn’t bought second hand is now bought through small manufacturers that use natural materials like linen, wool, organic cotton, and silk. Instead of buying a few shirts at whim, I buy one that I will have for years. Simple, well made, quality that I consider investments. Shoes and clothing that stands the test of time.