I like DIY, especially for my home décor. Pinterest definitely fuels the ideas and projects I attempt. Being a renter, with limited space and increasing amounts of 'stuff' due to having a child now in the home, I am constantly looking for ways to maximize storage and available space, and minimize clutter. I really try to work with what I already have, because I can't justify spending a lot of money on furniture that is custom to a rental layout when our plan (hope) is to move and buy. Also, I feel like there is just so much 'stuff' everywhere (and I mean in the world, especially in our society. America is very materialistic), that I like to try to recycle and repurpose as much as possible.
That's why I was excited to learn about Habitat for Humanity's ReStores. They are to building materials, furniture, home décor and appliances what Goodwill is to clothing. The non-profit stores sell new and gently used items that would otherwise end up in landfills. And all the proceeds go towards building affordable Habitat homes. Its a great win/win/win: you're helping the environment by reducing waste, you're helping fund homes for people, and you're helping your pocketbook with the savings on the items. The stores accept donation, as well as electronic waste such as computer monitors and TVs.
I'm excited to see what treasures I can find.
You can find a store near you via their website: http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx