Back to eco-lovely ways I decorated my place:
The New Stuff: New room, new configuration, so I went shopping on Craigslist.
I had my eye on a large open bookcase from Ikea for a room divider, and it turns out Craiglist is an already-asembled-Ikea outlet. Type in any of their odd product names and there are probably four or five people in the area selling one. This works with Crate and Barrel and whatever other brands you might be looking for, also. I got my gigantor bookcase/room divider, delivered, for less than the cost of picking up the flat pack down in Woodbridge. Then I sold an old chair, and bought a rug. I also bought a microwave from my officemate, who was about to list it on Craigslist.
If you haven’t used the site before, take a look around. You can search all kinds of wants- cars, furniture, clothing, jobs, apartments, dates- and list anything you have to offer, for free. Put up pictures of your stuff and everything. It can be frustrating, since some listings are gone sooner than you’d think, and some sellers and buyers are flighty- but ask for cash and meet in public places or take a friend to exchange items, and you’ll save yourself a good deal of trouble, plus get cheap nice stuff.
I have two rugs I’d like to put up for sale, but they both smell like dog right now, so I’m trying to fix that to raise their asking price (from $0 to anything. Old dog smell is awful, and I would not wish it on any but my worst enemies, or maybe Stephen Johnson, head EPA obstructer).
I love shopping second-hand: thrill of the chase, thinking of ways to refashion old things to make them awesome, finding bits I never expected. If this does not sound thrilling to you, get thee to a brand-specific search. Or, at the least, sell the stuff you’re replacing, and keep it out of a dump. People like me want it.
Last Installment: Big Decisions, Little Fridge