Vintage shopRecycling at it’s best

Buying vintage clothes and household items is recycling at its best. You get something “new to you” without damaging your carbon footprint and hopefully it’s a bargain too. However, our possessions form part of our life and they absorb our energy. Bringing vintage and second hand things into your home could also be bring in less helpful energy too.  This would be okay if you knew where your new find came from – the unworn cast off from a wealthy socialite would be fine but what if it isn’t?

Furniture can also absorb energy from less positive surroundings. A client of mine was given a very nice piece of furniture but it had belonged to a distant relative who wasn’t particularly nice. This piece of furniture was kept in the bedroom. This wasn’t a healthy connection especially as my client was hoping to start a family, which needs fresh, strong energy. Another client used to love picking up odd items from second hand shops but swore that her luck changed shortly after bringing in a particular purchase, (She quickly got rid of it!)


The Japanese philosophy of Shinto subscribes to the belief that even inanimate objects possess spiritual energy (made more popular by Marie Kondo) and shows how so many cultures acknowledge that our possessions can absorb our energy.

Closer to home

Items given to you by people you know are a different proposition. If its something you have a use for and you know where its come from then there’s less of an issue, especially if it’s something that has happy memories for you. However its still worth remembering that you are accepting someone else’s energy so make sure you don’t accept something just to be polite.

Also don’t bring things into your home that are going to become clutter! There’s no point letting possessions hold you back by letting them take up space in your home.

The flip side of that is that it’s a great way to recycle your own items. More on how to let go of your clutter here

Cleanse away old energy

There are ways to still nab a “new to you” treasure without destroying your luck or family’s fortune. Here’s how you can help protect yourself against picking up old vibes:

  • Before you bring an item into your home make sure that furniture and non fabric items are wiped with a cleansing wash.  In the type of Feng Shui I use – Chue Style – we have a very effective cleansing wash that can be used to get rid of the most yin energy. If you feel that you need something powerful then contact me here. Otherwise you could use a cleansing oil such as eucalyptus or tea tree or something of your personal preference.
  • Clothing should be dry cleaned or taken to a laundromat before you bring them in to your home.

However there are certain items that it’s better not to use second hand:

  • Purses and wallets are especially tricky as this could mean that you absorb someone else’s financial energy.
  • Shoes that have been worn have absorbed too much of someone else’s energy to be good for you.
  • If you rent a home, then a second-hand mattress really isn’t good for you. The bed is where we refresh our energy and is closely linked to our health and wellbeing. You are really much better off not sharing this with anyone you don’t know.
  • Lastly, care should also be taken with items of baby equipment or clothing when you don’t know where it has come from. Young babies have little resistance to negative energy and their health could be affected.


Read more information on Shinto here 

Contact me with your Feng Shui questions.

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