Look to vintage or second-hand decorative items
No longer reserved for university students or retro beach shacks, many interior designers celebrate second-hand furniture for its quality, sustainability and uniqueness.While Australian op shops and garage sales can be hit and miss, there are plenty of diamonds in the rough.
Meanwhile, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay and Etsy are the online treasure troves for second-hand items.To guide your search and avoid a dog's breakfast of furniture in your home, try sticking to one artistic movement (like art deco) or one era (like mid-century) per room when hunting down the perfect item.
Of course, your options will be even more plentiful if you have plans to do some DIY and upcycle an old furniture piece by giving it a modern update.When you need to find everyday items, like baskets and tubs for storage, charity shops will always be your affordable, sustainable living best friend.
If op-shops aren't your thing, head out to local art and craft
markets are full of local art, homemade goods, candles, soaps, and other
goodies, often made from sustainable materials. You'll be supporting your local
craftspeople and get to take home a high-quality piece you can't find in
regular furniture stores.
Often, local artists utilise fair-trade substances
such as organic cotton and dyes or earth-friendly elements like reclaimed wood
and recycled materials.