Last year I had a tiny resolution of cutting back plastic waste- specifically, get really good at not using plastic bags. Conveniently, Chicago implemented a 7 cent bag tax as soon as a chose this resolution, so I could really justify my investment in Baggus. I bought 3 small bags, gifted one, and bought a large bag. If I forgot my bag, I bought a new one and planted it in my car or by the door. And we probably used plastic bags a hundred times less than we did in 2016.
I have been taking group physical training lately, and feeling stronger with every week. I was having trouble holding my feet still while holding planks, and I was finally sick of slipping and struggling. If my feet slip every 10 seconds, how can I hold a two minute plank? Enter: Adidas Crazy Trainers. I am so stable and can feel my strength. I was worried that once my excuse of slippery feet went away, I would discover that I couldn’t hold these poses, but was surprised to discover that I feel stronger and feel like I could hold these moves all day.
What purchases help you accomplish your goals? Is it a new cookbook? Leggings that don’t pull or tear during your workout? A nice laptop case or new backpack to make it easier to get to the coffee shop and work?
Recently, my sister and I visited an antique shop in New Harmony, Indiana and found some pieces we really, really loved. It was such a fun experience that involved connecting with the local owners of this small-town shop and imagining histories of these beautiful objects.
My sister bought these amazing shoes for $18!!! Giving these handmade leather products a new life is more ethical than buying new (often mass-produced) products. They will need a little extra care to prolong their life, but she wore them almost every evening after she bought them.
I bought this beautiful turquoise and silver bolo/ring set for $80. I’ve seen each piece of jewelry sell for twice that on its own when purchased new. These are also handmade, and having been found in an antique store, they have a history and could have come from anywhere. I love speculating about the story that goes with these items. Maybe a cowboy wore them at his wedding, or a Navajo silversmith made them for her father. (They are not stamped as Navajo silver, but bear the markings of traditional Navajo design.)
And then, there is this amazing maker we found on Etsy! These are not repurposed- they are made new. And made with care! Each pair cost $30, which is such a steal for handmade leather shoes, and she made the men’s pair in a custom size for no extra cost. The adorable his/hers pair of keychains were a bonus she through in. I’ve posted about the pair featured below.
I loved finding these one-of-a-kind pieces. Do you have any amazing handmade or repurposed finds that you cherish?