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Go Green by Going Vintage

One of the best ways to go green (and maybe one of the most chic!) is to go vintage!  "Reuse" is one of the mantras of the go green movement, and one of the best ways I know to reuse is to recycle vintage items.

Clothing-what's old is new again!
Fashion always comes full circle. We've seen the resurgence of the 1970s' fashion wave with platforms, bold patterns, wide-legged pants, and hip-hugger jeans. Now the 1980s enter the picture, with leggings, tunic tops, and ballet flats. Of course, vintage and gently-used clothing stores are a great way to go, but what if you live in area that doesn't have vintage clothing stores readily accessible? Shopping online is your answer!  Here are some reminders for buying vintage clothing online from http://www.ehow.com/:

Step 1:
Know your measurements, not just your size. Online vintage stores advertise in bust, hip, waist and shoulder measurements, not necessarily numbered sizes.

Step 2:
Understand the function of the sites you access. Some are actual online stores, while others serve as a classified marketplace uniting buyers and sellers.

Step 3:
Examine pictures carefully, paying close attention to how the garment hangs on the mannequin or model. Most sites give comprehensive descriptions about each garment, including measurements, damages, fit tendency and unseen details.

Step 4:
Remember that the color of an item may not be as it appears on your screen. Look in the item listing for additional info on color, or e-mail the company directly and ask for tangible references.

Step 5:
Print out a copy of the picture and item description of any item you choose to purchase. Use this as a reference when you pull the garment out of the box.

Furnishing Your Home-Try Vintage for that Modern Look!
When you think of vintage and antique furniture, you might think of Grandma's stuffy, ornate Early American chairs or some heavy, dark furnishings from the Victorian era. While many people enjoy the look and ambiance of antiques in their home, much of the contemporary furniture being produced today takes its roots from the post-Modern era of the 1950s and 1960s-and even the 1970s.
Low Impact Living has some great tips on shopping for antique and vintage furniture at http://www.lowimpactliving.com/blog/2008/01/01/vintage-used-furniture-find-green-gold.

These are two of the easiest way to reuse what is already available, without waste and without producing more waste. The next time you want that new pair of shoes or a new table for your dining room, think vintage first to add a unique perspective to your green style!