We often feel that we are unable to make a difference, not seeing the point of doing something that seems so insignificant in the big picture of things but we can make a difference, one person, one piece at a time which collectively comes together to make a huge impact on our world and our environment.
This concept can apply to many things but for today, I'm talking about old furniture, furniture that has been used until it's owner has grown out of it, old fashioned and downright shabby furniture. I decided in 2010 that I would no longer buy new furniture, why? well, when I was looking for new pieces for this old stone cottage, I was drawn to pieces that not only turned out to be reproduction but in many cases were of inferior quality compared to lets say a dresser made in the 1900's and, they were really expensive too. I took some of my existing furniture and painted it in the neutral hues I wanted for my home and started looking for unloved old pieces of furniture. Second-hand furniture is not only reasonably priced but often has so much character that with a little TLC another man's trash can turn into treasure in no time at all. You get huge 'planet brownie points' too for opting out of the energy-intensive furniture supply chain!