Whether you’re moving into a new space, or sprucing up a room, you’ll quickly find that decorating a home is not cheap.
There are definitely pieces worth investing in, like furniture that you’ll have for years or a mattress that you’ll sleep on everyday, but for textiles like pillows and throws that can easily get worn, it might be a good idea to look for more affordable options on discount sites.
You might also look at refurbished pieces. Enter the circular market.
Pottery Barn Renewal
Upscale furniture and decor store Pottery Barn has launched its circular program, Pottery Barn Renewal, the first major home furnishing retailer to launch a renewed line in partnership with The Renewal Workshop. You can now purchase table linens, quilts, pillow covers, and other textile products that have barely been used, at deep discounts.
How It Works
When a customer returns a product to Pottery Barn, or when a product has been produced but can't be sold, The Renewal Workshop will give new life to textiles like bedding, bath, curtains, pillows, throws, table linens, and robes. Through their proprietary six-stage, zero-waste process, the products are cleaned, repaired, and verified to joint quality standards before being given a Renewal Workshop tag.
Once the products are ready for resale, they are listed on The Renewal Workshop website, with prices ranging from $10-$215, which is on average about 20 to 30 percent off the original Pottery Barn prices (not bad!). If you're unsatisfied with your Renewal Workshop purchase, they offer full refunds and free returns for up to 60 days. And if you find something that was missed in the refurbishing process or that needs a little follow-up TLC, you’re covered for a full year after your purchase.
Added Benefit: Reducing Waste
With this sustainable practice, Pottery Barn Renewal is extending the life of returned and imperfect products, helping to keep waste out of landfills. Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Pottery Barn's parent company, is committed to 75% landfill diversion across operations by 2021. The introduction of Pottery Barn Renewal is getting them that much closer to their goal.
Recent research conducted by The Renewal Shop revealed that 82% of what brands consider to be waste can actually be renewed and resold. “Pottery Barn has tapped into this new supply chain with their Renewed collection and the results are both beautiful and sustainable,” said Nicole Bassett, Co-Founder of The Renewal Workshop, in a press release.
Other Brands in the Circular and Rental Market
We’ve seen other brands function in a rental model, like West Elm’s partnership with Rent the Runway and furniture rental companies, like Feather, but this new idea of giving life to damaged and returned goods is a whole new ballpark for Pottery Barn and The Renewal Workshop.