(Post Originally written for Metrolina Restore Blog: 1/ 5/16…)
At the beginning of a new year I typically do what many people do: I hold a household-wide clean out. I typically have no problem getting rid of clothes and shoes I don’t want or wear but it is much harder to decide to part with a vintage item that I found and for which I now don’t have the space. Here are some of my tips for letting go of those vintage items that no longer have a prominent place in your home.
1. Can you repurpose it?
Think about useful alternative for items in your house.
Examples: A decorative planter + coffee cup holder = accessory storage:
A vintage cooler makes a funky outdoor table for your porch or patio, and provides storage too!
Other quick ideas: pitchers can become vases or utensil holders, ashtrays and crudité dishes can hold and organize remotes, jewelry or even makeup on a vanity:
2. Does the item no longer fit your décor/color scheme/ general vibe?
If it’s a furniture piece or décor item that you genuinely like, can you bring it back into use with a reupholster or coat of paint? Make the plans to do that asap- don’t let it sit and be a project in waiting!
3. Do you know someone that may want or need it?
Then gift it to them! How fun to give a unique vintage gift to someone that will appreciate it as much as you did.
4. Are you possibly just tired of it?
This one’s the kicker! I am always in a state of figuring out how to trade items out in my house, and because it’s mid century modest, I don’t have a ton of storage space. For example, I found a chair (or 2, or 3) 3 years ago and recently I’ve found one I like even more. Time to swap that chair (or other item) out and take it back to the ReStore so it can live another life with someone else!
This time of year I work my way around to all areas of my house, making trips to the Restore as I clear out those items that I cannot repurpose, fit in to my current décor, or regift. Remember that the ReStores will happily take donations of wall art, kitchenware, furniture, linens, books, lighting, jewelry, appliances and more- just ask! And you can feel good that your donation is going to help build homes for families in need so it’s a win- win for everyone.