Slow Decorating: Borrow & Swap Your Way to Great Decor

Slow Decorating: Borrow & Swap Your Way to Great Decor

Angie Cho
Aug 4, 2011

Recently, I moved from a medium sized house to a modestly sized apartment. Initially I was concerned about the challenges of moving from a full three bedroom house to a modest two bedroom apartment. Luckily, downsizing wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Along the way, I borrowed and swapped my way to put together a lovely apartment. Read more...

Sure we've all borrowed books, films and music, but adding these additional items to the mix will reduce consumption, post-consumer waste, and stretch your dollar.

  • Lamps
  • Throw pillows
  • Wall decor (prints, paintings, etc.)
  • Seasonal sporting equipment (sleeping bag, tents, snow jackets, etc.)
  • Serveware for entertaining (platters, serving bowls, etc.)
  • Cookware for entertaining (extra large skillets and pots, slow cookers, deep fryers, etc.)

Also, did you know that Craigslist has a bartering section? Just go to "barter" under their "for sale" department. I've only had the chance to use this once, and I had great results!

Making it Social: Housewares Swap Party
After all the luck I had in borrowing and swapping housewares with this move, I thought it would be fun to make it social and have a housewares swap party. It would be similar to a clothing swap party, but with no regard to gender, everyone could come!

We want to know!
What kinds of things do you borrow and swap? Please tell us in your comments.

(Image: 1. CB2; 2. Modernist Moon; 3. CB2; 4. Sukan; 5. M Black Art; 6. Tav's Textiles)

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