Hello and welcome to the new Interior Edit! My name is Jess, a 26-year-old interior-obsessed bargain hunter with a knack for bagging the best finds on Facebook. I currently work as a Talent Acquisition Partner in an office pretty much next door to the Loft!
I live here with my boyfriend Adam, who I don’t think expected to move in with someone who was going to set about making our loft semi famous! We moved here in June last year and I can’t imagine we have plans to be moving on any time soon. I guess you’re wondering why and how I got here. It all started in November last year. We’d only been in the loft a few months and after an evening of wine and food with friends, they all said, ‘Jess you need to be showing people this place, you’ve done an amazing job.’ So, I did! I made an Instagram account the day after and overnight I accumulated 200 followers which inevitably spurred me on.
I get it… my style isn’t for everyone, but the purpose of LoftNQ isn’t just necessarily for me to indulge my own style, it’s to inspire people to go second hand and grab a bargain online. I guess I’ve tried to make LoftNQ not just for the more quirky and ‘out there’ pieces, it’s to prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to make a house a home.
After a few months of growth, I started to show everyone the ways in which I managed to find the best interior buys on Facebook Market Place. I know, random, right? I was finding brands like Swoon, Made.com and, my guilty pleasure, a peacock chair. I was posting on my story items I found just scrolling on Market Place and turned it into a trend called ‘Facebook Finds’. It blew up overnight. I was waking up to messages from bargain hunters like myself asking for links direct to the find. I’ve been able to find 7 peacock chairs, a bear table, drinks trolleys and so much more. It’s obviously saved me a fortune. I’ve also found things for free that people just want rid of and managed to bring them back to life with a tin of spray paint. I think my best buy to date was a Swoon TV unit which retails at over £300 and we managed to find it down the road for £70 in perfect nick. I’ve basically got a champagne taste with a lemonade budget!
I recommend anyone renting, buying, owning or renovating to get on that second hand hunt and save themselves some dollar. Better still, get some things for free, buy some spray paint and a funky vinyl wrap and give it some life. Anyway, here’s to the first of many features on One Manchester I hope you enjoy. Be ready for tips on how to upcycle, grab a steal and style your home in weird and wonderful ways.
Have a look at my Instagram for between-article tips and LoftNQ aesthetics.