I found these pretty recycled rainbow place matts and matching box at the Goodwill by-the-pound store. They make a nice color pop, but my real reason for buying them was to keep myself from piling tons of stuff on the table while I work and leave it like that! The matts establish the table as a spot to eat or take notes. So far, so good. I've stopped junking-up the table.
Nearly all of my clothes is from Goodwill, yard sales, and random thrift stores or indie shops. I buy clothes that match my cool undertone in most cases. The fun thing about buying 2nd hand is that you can dye and/or sew/alter pieces without guilt because it's usually so cheap to procure.
These are just a few favorite pieces I've scooped up for anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00 over the past couple of months. The little floral piece was slightly against my rules but the Urban Outfitter's 90s-through back piece got to me, my mom had very similar floral sheets. It was $1.00. The wrinkled blue dress line-dried like that, oops! Didn't have time to iron it before shooting it.
I've one of two tote bags as my go-tos for years, even though everything constantly falls out of them! I started borrowing my roommate's little black purse to prevent further object loss, but I recently found my own for less than 50 cents!
This basic brown bag was like-new and seemingly unused from Goodwill. It was more than I normally pay for anything, especially a purse ($5.00!) but I liked the shape, it's a beautiful basic piece. I've used the piece for product photography. The white guy poking out is an aromatherapy inhaler from my shop.
I reached for my fifty cents so fast when I saw this dinosaur planter at the flea market! I may fix the paint chips with a little red and black paint. It would look gorgeous with some glaze, too. It was the perfect size to host one the succulents I've been propagating.
I donated (or sold?) my last watering can, a gorgeous copper hued metal one. I've been watering my plants with a measuring cup but it disturbed to soil too much. I scooped up this simply plastic watering can for a $1.00 to remedy the issue.
I already used this beautiful black basket for a recent organic/homemade product swap. It's reinforced with metal so it'll be the perfect practical display piece for outdoor markets. $1.00 from a yard sale.
This set of 12 jars was $12.00 from a yard sale. Perfection! My herb cabinet is a giant mess, these beauties are perfect for storing my current stock of herbs.
I found something for perfecting posture for long hours spent on the computer for fifty cents, score! On that same practical note, I scored a free crock-pot and two immersion blenders for close-to-free, both I'll use for making soap.
I scoop up nice little trays any time I see them for cheap, this little one was perfect for holding aromatherapy goodies and my little bamboo plant on my desk.
And The Yuko-chan is still following my around, jumping in my shots and/or watching me work when she's not sleeping off a food coma.
Have you been hunting at the thrifts/flea markets/etc. for practical wares, merch or fun lately? It's been fun to get back to the hunt in small increments.