Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

My Favorite Local Second Hand Resources

Vintage Shopping for Conscious by Chloé

As you can see on the above picture, our house is a work in progress. Wires hanging here and there, sofa cushions waiting to be upholstered and other DIYs and purchases that we have not yet agreed on.

Octave knows that every time he leaves the house for a couple days he'll find it in a totally different state as I love to rearrange things around the house (things have moved quite a bit since he took this picture).

There aren't many things we brought with us from Switzerland when we moved to the US except for small tables and art, mostly.

The rest of our home decor consists of items we found at flea markets, garage sales, second hand shops, and some we made ourselves.

There are of course a couple new items we were in a rush to get when we found a place to live/work, but for the most part, we were naturally drawn to gently used items.

Here are my favorite resources, for home decor and more:

  • Buy Nothing - Find your local group on the website and join it on Facebook, then browse through the dozens of pictures of items your neighbors are parting with, express your interest and go pick them up.

Other neighborhood social networks like Rooster and Nextdoor also have "classified" and "free items" sections.

  • Instagram - Some people create specific accounts to sell items via Instagram, and others randomly organize garage sales and you're lucky enough to live close by. This is what happened to me last winter. I had been following Liz's Insta for a while and suddenly realized that she was selling her army cot for peanuts. I jumped on the occasion and brought back an extra bed for our guests. She later organized a big garage sale when she emptied her house and left for a big road trip in her Winnebaggo and I scored a couple more items, including the most crooked cactus.

Look for local interior designers on Insta and keep a close eye on their Insta stories, you never know when they're gonna realize that they might be hoarding and decide to host a small or big sale!

  • Craigslist - Is it really worth mentioning why Craigslist is an awesome second hand resource. Our best score was a fridge. Octave noticed the ad, and even though there was no picture and the price was too low to be good, he felt like this was no scam. He was right! The older couple just did not want to bother taking and uploading a picture. We came back home with a close to new KitchenAid fridge for less than $100!

I usually look for specific items but am more and more on the lookout for estate and garage sale dates and times. I'm gonna start getting up earlier and earlier on week-ends to catch the best items.

And a list of my favorite resources for second hand treasures in Portland:

You can find more gems in the "Shop Second Hand" section of my Zero Waste City Guide.

What your best second hand score? Where and how did you find it?

Picture by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Spring in my Step

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

April has been glorious here in PDX (I'm being a little optimistic, but we did see the sun a little more and it rained a little less). The other night, Octave and I took a stroll in our neighborhood to go refill our beer growler and stopped by this corner where the most beautiful shrub had bloomed.

What a perfect background to shoot a quick look!

I've been wearing this jumpsuit non-stop ever since I bought it from Shea, a talented Portland-based designer.

The cut is awfully comfortable, and the fabric quality is the best. Even though I spend my days sitting at the computer, it only gets very few wrinkles.

I've worn it with long sleeves in the winter and now pair it with my favorite second-hand crop top.

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Worn / Jumpsuit: Open Air Museum (made in Portland, OR), Top: second hand, similar at Make It Good (made in Portland, OR), Shoes: TOMS (made responsibly in China), Sunglasses: similar at Shwood (made in Portland, OR), Bag: similar at Baggu (made in the USA) and Modern Weaving (made in the USA).

Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own!