What Luxury Hotels teach us about 2nd Hand


You’re already a second hander from way back.

When you sleep in luxury hotel or eat in a restaurant, you’re not the first to sleep in those sheets or eat from that fork. Are you?

Buy Nothing New Month just extends what you’ve been doing already for years.

Explore other categories where it makes sense to go second-hand first:

Baby clothes, books, toys, clothes, furniture, homewares, picture frames, plants, office equipment, cars, houses, crockery, jewellery, glassware…

(notice this list includes pretty much everything?)

Check out some clever ways to up-cycle your furniture.



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I love it when someone else pays full price first’ – Justine Twice

Love luxury labels?

Check out the world of second hand designer kit, where you  can look sassy and still put #secondhandFIRST!

With everything from Missoni to Mavi, Sisley to Sass & Bide, Zimmerman to Zara available second hand why not borrow, swap, rent or buy second-hand, save money and extend the life of those poor Prada pants?

Switch your default to ‘second hand first’ and see the ‘old’ world through ‘new’ eyes!

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” English Proverb

Stories to tell, not stuff to show

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

We live in a wonderful, weird, wacky world.

Accumulating experiences, instead of stuff is a great path to a meaningful life.

A study on buying experiences instead of ‘stuff’ reveals “satisfaction with material purchases tends to decrease over time, whereas satisfaction with experiential purchases tends to increase.”


‘Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.’ – Albert Einstein

Wise Words Wednesday

“The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem” – Paul Heyne

“The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Our environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defence of our resources is just as important as defence abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?” – Robert Redford

“If people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they’d get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked”  – Vivienne Westwood

“Luxury to me isn’t owning a lot of stuff. Luxury to me is feeling unrushed” – Tim Ferriss

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