A Consignment Christmas is still a very Merry Christmas

You may find the Holidays incredibly overwhelming as I do when thinking about the amount of money spent and the trash going out. As always, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle must come to the rescue!

I wanted to share something about consignment with you. So I talked to Carol-Anne from The singing lady, the consignment emporium in Etobicoke, Ontario.  They have been in the Consignment business for 4 years now and hopefully will be for years to come.

“Consignment has been around for a long time, but is becoming more popular in Canada. As people realize they can get quality items for less than retail prices. Also, they can part with items they no longer need, without contributing to the landfill." Says Carol Anne. 

I was checking out their Christmas collection which is super cool!  They have always sold Christmas items, but it is until today that I noticed them! It is a store run by people who celebrate Christmas and enjoy all the special decor items that come with it. They know their customers enjoy the same and buy consignment items not only to give away as gifts, but to keep at home. 

Photo from The Singing Lady Christmas Collection
“(having a Christmas collection)…also gives our Consignors the opportunity to bestow articles that they've used for years to celebrate Christmas in their homes, but now have no use for.”

Consignors are either moving houses and can't bring the items with them to the new house (i.e. moving province, continents, downsizing or redecorating. Others are in different life circumstances like dealing with an estate because a family member has died or have changes like a new baby, or a child has moved out.

Like any other business, sales go up during the Christmas season, but this kind of business leaves a lighter carbon footprint definitely.
Easter and Thanksgiving are big holidays for this and any store, but nothing compares to Christmas, where people buy gifts for others as well.

Carol-Anne believes that their customers have different motivations, being the style (vintage) the main one and the price the next one.
Even though this type of commerce evidently has less negative impact in the environment, Carol–Anne thinks the environmental concerns are the least of their clients' worries.

And by saying “I think that you can be very wasteful during Christmas, but with thought, can make the impact significantly less. Buying Consignment is a good way to do that!” Carol-Ann ends.

SO, why not trying Consignment stores this year? Go ahead and think outside the (gift) box.


FYI: CONSIGNMENT: An arrangement whereby goods are left in the possession of another party to sell. Typically, the consignor receives a percentage of the sale (sometimes a very large percentage). Consignment deals are made on a variety of products - from artwork, to clothing, to books. In recent years, consignment shops have become rather trendy, especially those offering specialty products, infant wear and high-end fashion items.  Source: Investopedia

14 uses for empty pill containers

Have you ever thought about how many empty pill bottles you can throw away in a year? They are recyclable, but it seems so extremely wasteful when you add yours to your neighbor’s and to the whole community’s. By the way, some Pharmacy's will take them back, please check with them before just throw them away. Also a lot of vets and animal shelters will take donations to fill animal’s prescriptions.
I came up with a bunch of different ideas to reuse them, I’ve had them in 2 different sizes, so the re-use will depend of the size of the container you are given.

  1. To keep teeth for the tooth fairy
  2. Toothpicks
  3. Bobby pins and hair pins
  4. Small batteries
  5. Sewing pins, buttons
  6. To organize screws and nails in the tool box
  7. Craft items like beads, glitter or finger paint.
  8. Paper clips, rubber bands, push pins
  9. Stamps
  10. Ear buds
  11. Depending on how secure the top is you can put salad dressing, ketchup and mustard for lunch boxes. Carry nuts or cheerios too.
  12. Great containers if you save seeds.
  13. Emergency kits:
    1. Non-prescription medicine
    2. Mints or gum
    3. Band-aids
  14. Travel / Camping:
    1. Q tips
    2. For vitamins and prescription pills.
    3. Face cream
    4. Tweezers and nail clips

Don’t forget they can be labeled, painted or wrapped in pretty paper. 

Why the automn allergies?

Leaves are starting to change color and they will fall soon. Warm, humid summer days give way to cool breeze and changing light. Red trees are popping, combined with yellow and green, in the multitude of shades I love.