Sunday, February 26, 2012

How-To Tips: Green Lifestyles That Don't Break The Bank
We thought we'd share a little bit about how we live green without spending copious amount of money and supporting ugly philosophies.

Hyderabad, India 2006

-> We recycle 50-75% of our trash. We utilize The Town Dump, and we do 100% of the work. This helps to know how the process works. The dos and don't s, if you will. Another important factor to us is that we can see the process, witness the start to end: How we consume.

-> Compost. This is still on our Green To-Do List, unfortunately we do not have the space or the means to make this more of a convenient process for us while living in an apartment. All the going out of the way would only ADD more waste to our process. BUT if you have the means I urge you to try it. The process is very rewarding.

-> We shop locally 75-80% of the time, with the exception of Etsy, and consequently purchasing from international craftsmen. The only exception I am willing to make for travel time of any item is HOW the product was made and by whom. For us, stories and faces are everything in the consuming process.

-> 98% of our groceries are bought, sold and grown locally (within a 100 mile radius). Instead of one-stop-shopping at let's say, Stop N' Shop, or your equivalent of a hometown grocery corporation, wander, ask around, OBSERVE. There are more and more people and places popping up that are supporting local farmers and craftsmen, in an attempt to make it easier and accessible for The Average Joe. Check out your local farms, roadside veggie/fruit stands, check out your newspaper for weekly farmer's market's and mom and pop shops. 

**Buy ORGANIC whenever possible, push your local stores for these options**

-> PVC Free Shower Curtains. Plastic shower curtain liners are one of the largest current problems in our landfills, and have no biodegradable components. Look for the PVC Free options to help speed up the time it spends on our earth, and is a healthier option for your family.   Here.

-> Garbage Bags made of Recycled Content. Those Glad Guys have caught wind of the sweeping Green trend in our current times, but there are many other options. Amazon is another resource. *Note: This is part of the 20-25% I have had a hard time finding locally, and unfortunately I catch myself still having to support corporation policies and customer service I may not agree with. I remind myself there is only so much control I have as a single human. My only advice is: do what you can and come to acceptable terms with those circumstances you may have to compromise your ideals for reality.

-> Reuse plastic bags, canvas, backpacks and gym bags to load and carry your groceries, to organize your recyclables,  or to line your garbage cans. *I keep a couple of canvas bags in my car for those impromptu grocery stops or thrifting extravaganzas.*

-> Walk More, Drive Less!

-> Sew your own cloth napkins.  There are a slew of sewing tutorials out there to help you along the way (maybe one of these days I'll get around to making one of my own). Save paper, trees, and the landfill! by using old scraps of fabric, old t-shirts or long johns are great for dish cloths and cleaning rags. Rip them up and keep them in a bucket under the sink, in a supply closet or in the garage.

-> Most Importantly: Seek out your local Goodwill & Salvation Army locations, secondhand and consignment shops, even antique stores/dealers. There are many mom and pop shops still thriving, we just need to be looking and more willing to seek out even the most obscurest of places. I urge you to talk and ask questions because these are the people who know where to look.

Even with this economy, in my community I am seeing a lot of turnover in retail spaces, but this gives the thrifters more opportunity. Honestly, look, wander and you're bound to find something new.

-> Churches, auctions etc. Flea markets, or simply ask your neighbors and family members. Tag sales, and better yet: Estate sales. This is where it's at. Certainly NOT the death part, if that's the case. But in many cases estates are being cleaned out by family members or realtors that either don't want to deal with the mess or the memories, OR they have picked through and taken what does carry the memories, and they are emptying the house as much as possible before having to call a truck to load it all away. Nonetheless, this is where you can find the vintage stuff, and the more you buy the more you can haggle and bend prices to suit your bulk buys.

-> Set up clothes and housewares swaps with your friends.

I don't know about you, but I always have a Goodwill Box going, and essentially always something to spare. Some other great opportunities to share your vintage, homemade and other creative items are: Etsy, Ebay, and even Amazon offers a venue to set up shop. 

**PLEASE SHARE other ideas or venues with us in the comment section! We'd love to know where else to look and other secrets up your sleeves**

WE SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS. I do yoga locally. I have a baker and a candle maker. I buy my bras locally. Coffee, and eat out at restaurants that serve local ingredients. It's doable. For me.

It should be noted: I am not trying to preach, but I think it's important for myself to think about what and whom I support, and essentially how I consume. Simply, these questions are where my values stem from. 

We all deserve the choice to live healthy and should have access to the information to support those values.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

RobbinTheHood Vintage houses a variety of vintage items!

We have been hard at work hunting for vintage goodies to share. RobbinTheHood Vintage is truly a long.time.coming for both of us, and it’s an important creative project that supports our passion for vintage and homemade quality goods. Every item has a story, and it's all worth sharing. Thank you for the support in advance :)

PLEASE do not hesitate to be in contact with us for any reason/question/concern or suggestion you may have. We are always keeping our eyes open for vintage finds along the way, and if you have something specific in mind, we'd love to assist you in your travels.

Please refer and read our policies before placing your order with us!

Reusing is renewing. Let's build again. Creatively. 

                                                                  New Markdowns!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Listings at RobbinTheHood Vintage
                                                                 Enamel Espresso Cups
                                                                   Grease on Vinyl
                                                          Vintage Wood Handled Purse
                                                              Red & White Saucer Plates
                                                               Led Zeppelin on Vinyl
                                                                      Curiosity Tins
                                                              Vintage Leader Box
Question via Jeffery Weir:

I was browsing through your shop and noticed you know how to display your items and do well on etsy, I was wondering if you could take a peek at my shop give me advice seeing as I'm new to the website... it would be extremely appreciated.


Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by the shop! Also, thank you for the kind words in regards to our setup, it's nice that faces have made notice of our hard work! We have not been on etsy much longer than you, but we would be happy to share our experience, and offer any recommendations that we can.

 We found this etsy blog post very helpful:

Check out your shop stats VERY OFTEN. This helps tell where your traffic is coming from, and in addition etsy offers 'search ads' at an added cost, but worth it. We would also mention it's helpful to think of yourself as a customer, asking yourself: what angles pictures are most helpful and/or visually pleasing, and don't be afraid to rotate your photos every so often. Have you thought of creating your own business cards? has great starter set templates for cheap :)

Also, if you are into the blog idea... We created a blog for our shop, as well as personal blog where we offer discounts and updated posts on new listings etc. It's always a great idea to push the self-promotion button, it's really the only way to put ourselves out there, especially maintaining an etsy shop successfully :)    **(or, even a Facebook page would work)**

Simply being a customer also helps or even commenting on etsy blog posts and treasury lists. We would also suggest creating your won treasury lists - all these things will bring traffic immediately to your shop!

I hope this helps!


Sara & Craig

RobbinTheHood Vintage

Welcome Letter


RobbinTheHood Vintage began as our partnered attempt to share our love for used, lived-in, lost, unfound, forgotten, vintage, and antique finds along the path we have taken together.
Part of what has brought us together as a couple and sealed us like glue is simply, our love and commitment to sharing the values of handmade craftsmanship, and reusing materials whenever and however possible. Our philosophy has been our passion to reuse, to always be changing, mixing, and morphing. All these choices have made us who we are – but more importantly, asking ourselves what to do with these choices, how they affect ourselves and those we share the world with.
Welcome to our small space we've carved out of the world for ourselves and our passion... we hope you all enjoy! xo
-Sara & Craig