New can be highly over-rated. Old stuff has provenance, utility and a beauty that should be appreciated. From clothes to household goods to building materials second-hand is the way to go. And when stuff wears out, don’t throw it away! Recycling is the way to go. The following list are resources tailored to Chicago, but all you need to do is google thrift stores, salvage, recycling, etc. for your city or area.
Island Girl Salvage—160 Kelly
St. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 847-593-243; Thursday-Saturday 10-6; www.islandgirlsalvage.com All things architectural—doors, windows, brackets, hinges, doorknobs, etc. as well as furnishing, garden and home accessories and odds and ends.
Brown Elephant Thrift Stores—various locations in
Chicago.General thrift store—best finds are housewares, books and furniture. Also sells some new cast-offs they get from places like Urban Outfitters.
Unique Thrift Stores—various locations in
Chicago. General thrift store—best scores are housewares and books.
Village Thrift Stores—various locations in
Chicago. General thrift store—best score is glassware.
Chicago Recycling Coalition: http://www.chicagorecycling.org/newsletters/12-06factsheet.pdf Resources on recycling centers for paper, glass, metal, etc. in