Unique home furnishings for great prices
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
Looking to redecorate? Want to make your place unique and special? Want to not spend an arm and a leg while doing so? When you’re running on a student budget, creating that relaxing home space can be difficult, especially if you’re looking to also make your space unique and reflective of your own personal tastes and interests. One place that can help is Society6!
Similar to Redbubble, Society6 is a website which allows artists to sell merchandise and prints featuring their own work. An artist simply has to upload a high resolution image, and they can proceed to sell everything from duvet covers to iPhone cases. The difference between Redbubble and Society6 is the sheer amount of options for merchandise available to the artist, and therefore available to you as a consumer. Society6 focuses more on home and lifestyle options as opposed to the garment options of Redbubble, but like Redbubble, a large percentage of the cost of the item still goes to the artists themselves—as opposed to similar sites like CafePress where only a small percentage of the cost is paid to the designer/artist.
A handy feature, especially for people looking to co-ordinate with already existing pieces, is that you can customize your search for items by colour. Say you have a red couch, and you want to co-ordinate around that, you can automatically eliminate designs that wouldn’t go with that couch by being colour specific in your search. Selecting a colour doesn’t then show you options that feature ONLY that colour, but rather options that include that colour, making it easy to create a space that doesn’t clash with itself.
Another thing I was very pleased with were the prices. All prices are set, no matter if the design you want is super complicated or very simplistic. Prices are based on the item itself—throw pillows will be cheaper than blankets—and the size of the item. For quite a few things on the website you have the option of ordering a specific size. Things like tapestries, which can be used in lieu of wallpaper if you’re not allowed to actually alter your wall colour or texture due to your rental agreement, come in varying sizes to match whatever you want to use them for. Of course, things that have a size range will also have a price range. Generally, the prices themselves are pretty reasonable, with smaller items like pillows being around $20, while large items like comforters sitting around $100.
If you’re thinking of checking out the site for gift ideas, right now they also have a “Holidays” option in their search menu which will take you to a page with links to collections of items based on various criteria for gift giving—“under $50,” “stocking stuffers,” etc.
You can find Society6 online at society6.com