Welcome to our up-cycled space!
As a green business, we try to bring our values into every part of our lives. Did you know 9 million tonnes of furniture go into landfills every year? I don't even want to imagine what that looks like!
If you want to reduce waste, save money, and have a unique space, I highly suggest buying used, upcycled, and/or locally made pieces.
I will start by saying that I am no stranger to thrifting, garage sailing, or even dumpster diving. I grew up in a family that didn't have a ton of extra money but also loved treasure hunting! As a kid I wasn't always a fan of my parents’ eclectic taste, but as an adult I couldn't be more grateful for the ability to see the beauty, value, and excitement in secondhand finds!
When we were on the market for a new larger couch I knew two things:
- I didn't want to spend $3000 on a sectional when I have a senior dog, giant long hair cat and a 5 year old, not to mention the smelling like chemicals for weeks.
- I really didn't want to buy something new. There is an abundance of furniture in existence so I began looking on Marketplace.
I found this sofa and loved it; it's a small sectional, made in Canada, and in fantastic condition! It really was perfect. The previous owners passed the vibe check and of course, we still checked it for unwanted guests and steamed it with a little green machine.
Our side table is another find from a vintage seller on Instagram, whose name unfortunately eludes me.
My beautiful lamp was found on Facebook Marketplace by a friend, Candace, who wanted one and offered the second to me. It's an 80s oversized reproduction of a mid century design.
Candace is also a treasure hunter extraordinaire. I am very lucky to have a small army of friends that keep their eyes open for each other, if we know anyone is in need of anything. Size 12 kids rubber boots? On it. Kids 18” bike? You got it. Outdoor patio furniture, you name it we are on it! It's not like we don't have extra screen time.
Our art on this wall is all locally sourced mostly by friends
@art_by_drewtaylor is a phenomenal local collage artist.
MYB team member, Jamie, made us the prints of Laika The Soviet space dog for my birthday. The pup who took giant leaps...the first dog to go to space!
The stunning felted Jupiter is made by our friend @neurons.and.nebulas and we currently have a saturn and black hole being commissioned.
The beautiful dreamcatcher was also made locally and is so old and loved I have lost touch with the artist, my apologies. If you recognize your work, please leave a comment on this post!
We are so happy with the vibe and sustainability of our space.
What are some of your favourite thrifted finds/up-cycled pieces?