And let me say right now, this is in no way an advertisement for Kmart (though if they’d like to throw some money my way I’d be more than happy to take it!)
Why bother making our own stuff when Kmart, The Reject Shop, Big W, Target and just about every other big store sells the stuff we pin, make from scratch or make over from curbside finds.
And (usually) for less than we can make them for!
We spend hours and often $$ making these things when we could walk into Kmart and just buy. No muss, no fuss.
I mean, I’m a fan of old, rusty, crusty and broken, so I’m not a big fan of cheap new imitations… but if you make things to sell then this is what you have to compete with. And not everyone has the same passion for old dirt as I do.
How about some examples? All items on right are from the Kmart website.
If I didn’t love old things with authentic scratches from many years of use, rust from being treated with a healthy amount of disrespect, and antique grime, I would be decorating my house with this stuff.
So what if it breaks in a year or less? Just buy a new one. Or something else. Just means you can re-decorate again!
So where does this leave us DIYers?
I don’t know.
I will still make, remake and revamp old stuff. For my own home and enjoyment. And maybe there’ll be enough people out there who appreiciate the real thing with all its not quite perfection.
But sometimes I’m tempted…
Like this faux cowhide rug. I plan to buy this soon as I have some spare cash.