Walking into Hana Beaman‘s old one-bedroom apartment in Bellingham,Wash., you might not know where to look first. Your eyes might dart from the snowboarder’s vintage multi-bulbed chandelier to her headboard made of three attached doors to her collection of hand-painted wood pieces featuring illustrations of a rooster, an eagle, a fish and a snowflake. These are just of the few of the treasures the three-time X Games Aspen silver-medalist has found during her many thrift shopping adventures around the world.
“My apartment was furnished with all thrift, garage sale, and Craigslist finds in one week. I think I spent under $1,000 on the whole place and I loved it,” said the 31-year-old, who was named Snowboarder Magazine’s Women’s Rider of the Year in 2013 despite having hung up her competition bib a year earlier. Though she made a push to be part of slopestyle’s Olympic debut in Sochi this winter, she had already pretty much devoted herself entirely to filming back-country riding, which is what she’s doing this March in Europe (Italy and Switzerland) as well as in Montana with her production company, P.S. Webisodes.
“Traveling has probably encouraged this growing obsession since every town I visit has a different personality and different treasures. What you find says a lot about the town and the people,” said Beaman, who believes she began thrifting 12 years ago while living in Mammoth, Calif., where she would often visit the only secondhand shop in town for furniture and costumes for dress-up parties.
While the hunt for hidden gems is the biggest lure, Beaman is also in it for the good karma. “I like the thought of reusing items instead of just tossing them out. So many people just get rid of stuff they don’t like anymore. I’m guilty of this, too. We’re a pretty disposable society and being able to lengthen the life of some stuff makes me feel better about it all.
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