I posted about the whole "going green" movement a while back (Click for that post) but I have to just mention something again that is bugging me.
Once again, I would like to point out that going to thrift stores and buying things that a lot of people consider junk is wonderful. There are many reasons for that, but here are a few that Amber and I use to rationalize our borderline hoarder behavior.
1) You are recycling. There is no manufacturing process involved in furnishing your home with old things, because it was already done years ago.
2) You help your local economy. If it is a second hand store or pawn shop, you are helping keep that place in business which allows them, in some cases, to compete with the box stores.
3) You are helping charity, when you shop at Goodwill or a similar store and you are employing folks that are overlooked by a lot of employers because of their unique situation.
4) If you re-sell furniture, you can make money! Eventually you run out of room, but can't stop buying so you can start selling the stuff to someone else.
With these things in mind, what the hell is up with Urban Outfitters? It used to be that Urban Outfitters sold cheap trendy clothes but now they have gotten into the business of completely 'outfitting' your hipster lifestyle. They sell cheap furniture, cheap toys, cheap bicycles, cheap art, and yes they do still sell cheap clothing. I encourage you to visit their website and look around if you haven't in a while, because it is ridiculous.
I am fairly conservative in many of my values, especially when it comes to business and believe that any company has a right and an obligation to make as much money as it possibly can. I also believe that you should do it responsibly and with as little negative impact as possible. In this case, they are offering a place where a person can buy cheap 'mid century' furniture, simply because the real stuff is too hard to find. It will all end up in a landfill too when the thrifty hipster changes his/her medication and is all of a sudden not into mid century anymore.
Always support local first, shop at local thrift stores, but at the very least if you need that special piece that truly is hard to find, shop online at one of the many stores specializing in mid century designs.