Welcome to TRV, Thrifty Rebel Vintage. I’m Tuula, and I’m so happy you’re here.
I’ve basically been a thrifter since the day I was born. My parents were thrifters long before thrifting was cool, and I inherited the gene through no fault of my own.
I love a great bargain and the adventure of hunting for potential treasures. I’ve always been passionate about repurposing, reusing, and upcycling. Saving money and helping the planet at the same time is a win-win.
I started TRV in 2012 to share both my love of thrifting as an adult (I have been accused of being one on occasion), and of DIY, decorating, and crafting, but now with the fearlessness that I had with my crayons as a child.
Do you remember the joyous creative freedom you felt when colouring as a child?
That wonderful feeling of self expression… with no worry about rules. Well, that’s what TRV is all about. Decorating the way we want to. Not the way that anyone else tells us we’re supposed to, and not the way that’s trendy and hot at any particular moment, but the way that makes our homes a reflection of ourselves and our own families and lifestyles… and doing it in a budget-friendly way.
Where I live in Southern Ontario, Canada, with my hubby John and 4 feline friends, we get 4-5 cold months of winter a year, and that’s a lot of the white stuff. I want to decorate my home as if it’s summer all year round, hopefully making it feel warm and cozy when it’s cold outside. I want every room to make me smile.
I’ve always loved to decorate with colour, and I’ve been doing my own decorating and DIY for over 30 years. I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I’m still learning… always. After all, isn’t life just one big DIY project? We learn as we go and we do the best we can. Life’s too short to worry about perfection.
I hope you join me as I DIY with repurposed, reused, and upcycled projects for my house, my gardens, and my life.
You can create a home that smiles with a budget that doesn’t make you frown. It’s totally possible!