Junkin’ is one of my favorite pastimes. I head out to resale shops once a week looking for vintage treasures. And now that garage sale season is heating up – look out!

I love the idea of giving used items a second life. Besides, I ‘m the sentimental type and I love finding things that bring me back to my childhood. Over the years I’ve collected children’s books, toys( just the other day I got my hands on the original Fashion Plates for $3!), games, linens and cookware – all for nostalgia’s sake.

Resale shops and garage sales are also great places to shop for your wedding – especially if you are going for the shabby chic look. Online stores like Etsy and Ebay are also great sources of previously loved items.

And if you are looking for vintage or used wedding dresses and bridesmaids gowns – there are sites like Vintageous.

Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful ways you can have a green wedding with recycled items.



 Katie from A Backyard Wedding used a variety of vintage bedsheets to create napkins for her wedding. And no sewing involved! She simply cut them to size with pinking sheers. This would be perfect for a shabby chic garden wedding.  One of my readers also pointed out that she is using vintage bed sheets to create the linens for the reception. (Photos: A Backyard Wedding)


Katie also bought all of the dishes, glassware, flatware – and even teacups second hand. The couple also used Freecycle.com to get some of the dishes for free. (Photo: A Backyard Wedding)

You can create centerpiece vases for your wedding from recycled bottles. Go to $2,000 Wedding to see how.  You can also purchases vases and containers second-hand for your centerpieces. (Photo: $2,000 Wedding)

This vintage wedding dress is currently listed on Vintageous for $180. But hurry – they go fast!

I’d love to hear from you. Are you planning to use any vintage or second-hand items in your wedding?