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The holidays gave us time at home, cooking and baking, pulling out the dishes we always use for celery and baked squash, and figuring out where I left the other Christmas pudding. I’ve lived in this house for almost 10 years, far longer than I have ever lived anywhere, and during these inside months (we’re expecting another 18 inches of snow this weekend) I’ve been noticing how many useful household items have become old friends.

This blender, for example. It’s not a reproduction. It’s an original ‘osterizer’ and god knows how old. It cost $2 at a tag sale a decade ago and still works perfectly. How long would a modern equivalent hold out? Secondhand shops, tag and jumble sales, and friends and neighbors are a great source of friendly furnishings, and a way to reduce consumption and waste, too.

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  1. Richard White 7 February, 2009 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Karen, When I moved from Northern California to Houston, TX I decided to NOT take much of the old furniture and “tchotchkes” with me. But starting over was more difficult than I thought. Today’s choices have been limited by the WallMart and Target merchandising scenarios and I began to lament my leaving some things behind.

    Then I discovered second-hand stores and thrift shops. I’ve completely refurbished my home and my office with unique treasures that are far more interesting and serviceable than what I left behind – and at a fraction of the cost. I can afford to buy the expensive pieces but its more fun to drop by one of the many thrift shops on a Saturday and find a treasure that is just not available in a modern retail store.

    Thanks for your tips here I’m going to buy your book!

    • Karen Christensen 10 June, 2011 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      I’m totally into secondhand and vintage shops – I have so many treasured things that I’ve picked up over the years. Good luck to you!

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