So I saw this weekend project the other day in a newsletter from Mother Earth News (GREAT newsletters by the way!) on how to make a candleabra from reusing old blue mineral water bottles. It looked stunning! And I didnât ever know how to do that before - cut glass I mean. How cool is THAT?
You know, in the early days of my pregnancy, I was vintage & thrift shopping a lot for my soon to arrive little bundle of drooling & puking joy... but I felt guilty about doing EVERYTHING second hand. So to assuage my guilt, I bought some new stuff... that I now totally regret.
I thought that buying everything second hand for MissyMooPoos meant I didnât CARE enough for her to buy her nice, shiny NEW things. Little did I know at the time...
Second hand, vintage & thrift finds are FAR healthier and SAFER for your baby than anything you can buy brand new. Why? Well, read on for 30 reasons that will make your second hand shopping experience SO much more fun!
1. All fabrics have been âgassedâ with toxic dyes, permanent press chemicals *formaldehyde* & colour fixatives before they are packaged & sent to retailers. Hence why youâre told to always WASH a new garment before wearing! You REALLY want that stuff leaching into your kids' skin???
2. Buying second hand or vintage for your baby (and yourself!) means its been washed dozens of times and has had a chance to âoff gasâ. This means basically the garment has been allowed to air & alot of the toxicity has been released via oxygen airing & washing. Much safer for your bubs.
3. Vintage & second hand finds are often sturdier than store bought - theyâve already lasted through a child or 5 before you & theyâre STILL in good condition!
4. Second hand shopping means less landfill. Period.
5. Second hand shopping & vintage finds means you can be a little creative - YOU can mix & match the outfits, not the designers. As your child grows they can begin to express themselves more through their choice of clothes from your local Vinnies.
6. Vintage stores & second hand shops are the ULTIMATE for stocking the dress up box!
7. You can often find fabric samples that havenât been used for BARGAIN prices so you can go home & make your own. Wash before using as some fabric shrink quite a bit.
8. Toys at vintage stores have that olde worlde charm about them; the Victorian Dolls house complete with lace detail, the 1920âs rocking horse with a real horses mane & tail - you just canât buy things like this anymore!
9. They can become family heirlooms which is a tradition that has sadly become less frequent in our consume & dispose way of life. Start it up again in your family by buying quality pre-loved items with a story!
10. Theyâre cheaper. SO much cheaper!
Ok, so I got asked privately what ideas, suggestions and information I had regarding the treatment of yeast infections... I looked up online to see what was around so I could direct them to some pages but there’s really bugger all available!
A passionate activist, author and social entrepreneur with a business that impacts both the planet and communities around the globe, Louisa Jane is also a full time single mother to her two young children.
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