Friday

Urban Outfitters

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.

Wednesday

The end of summer.

I am guilty this year, yet again, of not finishing the projects that I set out to tackle.  Although, I suppose that failure is offset by the fact that I accomplished other tasks that I had not intentionally set out to finish. But I did take a few photos to mark the end of summer.  These are from Smith Rock state park which is about 12 miles from our house.

With our careers running on all cylinders, Amber and I spent very little time at home this summer, we basically slept there.  At 25 I think this is what you are supposed to do, especially when you don't have kids, but next summer we will be in a much position to spend money on the house and be there to enjoy it.  We took a few trips around Oregon, which is a great state to just take a day trip in as there is so much to see and so many different environments, and we had a lot of fun.

The winter is supposed to be long, so I will be in the garage again working on furniture which I am excited about and we can get interior projects done.

I will be launching a new project soon on this blog, so watch for that.  I have always wanted to have a creative outlet that ties into the aesthetic of mid century modern design and i finally created one so I hope that you will enjoy what I have come up with.