The Surprising Shopping Habit You Probably Share With Your Grandma
While it may not be often that you see eye-to-eye with your granny, especially when it comes to fashion, you might be surprised to learn that the two of you share one very common shopping habit. According to online resale site, ThredUp’s latest findings, grandmothers and millennials are the two generations most likely to shop secondhand. Why is that, you ask? Having lived through a recession, you both want to get the most value (and bang) for your buck.
Whereas millennials are “more likely to be motivated by eco-conscious factors when shopping secondhand,” according to the report, women over 65 take pride in the value and savings that come along with thrifting. Think: luxury brands/designers, high-quality craftsmanship, and competitive pricing. In addition to racking up major savings, secondhand shoppers also play a vital role in reducing fashion waste. ThredUp’s Resale Report states that millennials are 75 percent more likely to be motivated by the environment when shopping for new threads and, vice versa, when considering the resale value of recently purchased clothing. Take note, ladies: If there was ever a time to sell your clothes online and rotate your wardrobe, it’s now.
With traditional brick-and-mortar stores closing, online resale has become the new preferred method of retail therapy. Tired of being inundated with the same ubiquitous trends, consumers are motivated by the thrill that thrifting brings. Last season’s Gucci mules for the fraction of the original selling price? Don’t mind if we do.
As financial guru Nicole Lapin says in the report, the fierce female of today “doesn’t want to compromise quality for price. She wants it all!” One-third of women polled said they would shop secondhand, especially when done from the comfort of their couch (with a glass of vino in hand).
So there you have it, savvy fashionistas — “thrifty is smart, not cheap.” And it just goes to show that your hip grandma is way more with the times than you originally thought.
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(Photos via Thredup)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)