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The Pros and Cons of Buying Your Home Decor Secondhand

What to consider when you shop

4 September 2022

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Do you remember back in the 80’s when perms (and mullets) were allllll the rage? Who could forget that, right? Well, I just hadddd to get one of those fancy(?) perms. But when I got mine, it wasn’t in the 80’s. It was in the 90’s – a decade after the trend had ceased to amaze.

I remember that day so vividly. One by one, the stylist took the curlers out of my hair. As it started to dry, it was permed alright, but it wasn’t the kind of perm that left my hair blowing in the wind like Mariah Carey’s on the front her CD cover. (Emotions, anyone?)

Here’s why…

First off, I had SHORT hair and secondly, I went to my grandmother’s hairstylist. Looking back on it now, it was a recipe for disaster – but I proudly rocked my new curls back then!

As I prepared to write this post, I looked through my printed photo albums (you know those ancient things that nobody actually looks at anymore) curious to know if there were any photos I could share with you and thankfully (for me!) I couldn’t find one to show you proof of why this was literally, the worst decision I’ve ever made.

To aid in your imagination, just picture me as Bob Ross. And I’m. Not. Kidding! But, all jokes on me aside, it seems like there are always pros and cons to everything in life. (Yes, even with perm and mullet disasters, I’m sure someone could find some pros in there.)

When it comes to sourcing your home decor secondhand, there are so many things to consider.

The short list

Consider these items when you decide to shop for used home furnishings.


✔ Contributes to reduced waste

✔ Less lead times to get your items

✔ It can be more fun

✔ You can find unique pieces

✔ You can save money


✘ Takes more time to find things

✘ You need to be patient

✘ You may not get exactly what you want

✘ You may need to clean your “new” things

✘ It may not last as long

I hope this short list helps you make game-time decisions about where and how you will source your home furnishings. I’m sure you will make better decisions than I did when I got that Bob Ross perm back in the 90’s. 

Lastly, I’m not late to the party (aka fashion trends) anymore and I hope you’ll stick around so I can prove it to you. Unless my friends have been lying to me, that is.


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