8 things I love about secondhand stores

  1. They are so unique. Every store has their own vibe and the people who work there will decorate it differently from another store. That’s something you won’t get at a regular department store. I once went to a secondhand shop and it felt so warm and welcoming. There was a nice corner with an elaborate donated rug with two couches to try on shoes. It just felt like the people who worked there valued the place.
  2. The items at secondhand shops are so eclectic. You can find things from any era and I love finding new treasures. One of my favorite buys was this Baggu bag (which I wrote a post about it here) and it was so affordable yet durable. I still use it to this day. It’s the only Baggu bag I’ve ever owned, so I can’t say much about the brand itself, but this particular one is great.
  3. I have these moments in which all I want to do is browse. I don’t necessarily want to buy anything, but I love browsing—this is particularly why I love bookstores so much. This is the same idea. It satiates my browsing moods and I don’t feel pressured to buy anything if I don’t want to.
  4. In the same respect with browsing, I think secondhand shops are super inspiring. If I’m in a creative rut or just feeling a little down, I like to visit a secondhand shop to see what is new. They change up their stock often, so it’s nice to see variety. I love coming across someone else’s art.
  5. Although this is an obvious reason, but still good nonetheless is that they are super affordable. If you’re looking to decorate your home, find a new additional piece for your wardrobe or just want a new planter or ceramics, this is a great place to find them with good prices.
  6. Really, this should be number 1 on the list, but these shops are saving items that would have just gone to the landfill. I love finding multiple uses for the things I own and if I no longer find value in them, someone else might. These shops give these items one more chance to live a good life in a home that will put them to good use.
  7. They usually support non-profit organizations and share their wealth with the community. It is a win-win situation. You are voting with your dollars all the time; why not explore some shops that have more purpose than just trying to sell you the next big trendy item.

home cooking challenge of 2020

Given my current trajectory, I’m anticipating I’ll be home cooking all throughout 2020, so I thought of an interesting challenge for myself. Each month, I’m going to specifically try one recipe I find on WordPress, so I’ll have cooked up a total of 12 different recipes by the end of December 2020. I’m super excited!

Peanut Butter Cookies home cookin' challenge 2020 (15)
my version of this peanut butter cookie

For any food bloggers (or food enthusiasts like me) who are reading, feel free to post a recipe you think I should try and leave a link down below. I’ll definitely check out some of the food bloggers I’m currently following to see if I get inspired.

The recipes I’m specifically looking for are going to be ones I haven’t necessarily tried before, the ingredients aren’t too expensive and aren’t too complicated to make. I’ll post up photographs of my finished creation. I’m excited to bake some desserts, try some new appetizers and discover some great wholesome dinner recipes.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (3)
My version of the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Reasons for doing this:

  • It’s a challenge, so it’ll be interesting to see if I actually complete this!
  • I’m always up for learning new things, so I’m sure there are so many recipes out there that I’ll love and would want to use over and over again.
  • This will keep me motivated to do more home cooking in case I lose steam next year and get me to document more like I used to.
  • I want to also showcase some cool WordPress food blogs out here and give them some love!

Feel free to join the home cooking challenge of 2020 if you think this is something you’d like to do, too. I’d LOVE to follow and see which recipes you end up choosing each month, as well. I guess I’ll stick this on my homepage, so I don’t forget!

home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 1 | small batch chicken macaroni soup
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 2 | skillet orange chicken
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 3 | berry cheesecake crumble bars
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 4 | peanut butter cookies
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 5 | spaghetti aglio e olio
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 6 | rice croquette (vegetarian)