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Glasgow stylist goes second hand for first home furnishings with Revolve

New homeowners should consider ‘settling in with second hand’ when they look to furnish their properties, says one of Scotland’s leading home stylists.

14 Jan 20

To show how pre-loved goods can transform a home, Wendy Gilchrist, founder of the popular Thank Fifi lifestyle blog, teamed up with Revolve and Glasgow-based estate agent Archibald Sharp to transform an unfurnished west-end flat using second hand homeware from local Revolve certified stores.

Awarded by Zero Waste Scotland, Revolve certification is a re-use quality standard for shops selling second hand goods in Scotland and is awarded to stores that meet high standards in cleanliness, service and safety, guaranteeing customers that they are buying high quality goods. 

Wendy said: “You can settle in to your home with second hand to create stylish, insta-worthy rooms that don’t break the bank. I visited Revolve certified secondhand stores around Glasgow and was amazed at the variety of soft furnishings and accessories, quality of the furniture and, of course, the prices. There are so many options to design stunning rooms that are unique to you.

“I wanted to make the room look warm and homely but with some character. To do this I picked up a variety of china plates and wicker baskets to hang behind the bed, which worked beautifully with the pine furniture. Splashes of colour were achieved with the throw pillows and some gorgeous vases and jugs to accessorise the room. These are all items that can be found easily in second hand stores and help add personality to your home.”

Catherine Bozec from Zero Waste Scotland added: 

“Second hand stores are full of one of a kind, quality items. Not only can shopping second hand for homeware take some of the pressure off financially when you’re furnishing your first home, it also supports good causes and is a much more environmentally friendly way to shop. By reusing products, we protect the environment by reducing the need to extract, transport and manufacture materials.

“There are over 140 Revolve certified stores around Scotland, 25 of which are based in the Glasgow region. There are a number of specialist furniture and homeware stores around the country, many of which offer delivery.”

Alastair Macnab, property manager at Archibald Sharp, said: “Budgets are tight when you buy your first property and second hand stores can really help make your new property liveable at a low cost. The Revolve mark is great for new home owners as well as landlords as a guarantee that products meet high quality safety standards.

“It’s so important that we all do our bit to reduce the amount of furniture going to waste and opting for second hand can make a difference.” 

The larger furniture items were sourced from Cunninghame Irvine with accessories and soft furnishings from Salvation Army and Emmaus. 

By choosing to buy from re-use stores, valuable products and materials can be repurposed and used for longer – saving money, supporting local communities, and protecting the environment in the process.
To find your local Revolve certified store, visit revolvereuse.com.



Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland:

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. The organisation’s goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. 
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.
  • More information on Revolve certified stores can be found at revolvereuse.com.  You can also keep up to date with the latest from Revolve  though our social media channels - Twitter | FacebookInstagram 
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