The Economista: Your Secret RISD 2nd Life

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Welcome to The Economista! Brought to you by your first-year blogger/money-savvy best friend Karine Liu, The Economista is a blog for the budget-conscious Brunonian! Check back here each week for the tips and tricks that’ll have you rolling in your own sea of green out on the Main Green in no time!

So, Providence is really, really freaking cold.

And cold weather is a deterrent to most things: going to the Ratty, walking to class, general happiness, etc. But perhaps it’s also this weather that might be what’s stopping Brunonians from taking the five baby steps needed to finally get down the hill (like we said we would Day 1 of first semester). Well lace up those snow boots, everybody. Don 6 layers of winter wear, stuff your pockets with handwarmers, and trek down to S. Main Street…


Because it’s there you’ll find the the diamond in the rough/grey slush that is RISD 2nd Life.

A secondhand art supplies store, RISD 2nd Life is the treasure trove of art materials you never knew you needed. You’ll find colored pencils, pens, markers, and paint in every single color imaginable/hues you never knew existed. There are canvases, drawing pads, paintbrushes, etc.; anything you could possibly need to create the art of your dreams is in infinitely in stock.


However, in equal proportion to the usual supplies are the unconventional: pieces of doors, mason jars, frames, wire, enough yarn for all the knitters of Providence and their cats, and even those pesky CHEM lab safety goggles.

Yarn on yarn on yarn.
Safety goggles, very important for CHEM lab and for when there are giant saws hanging behind you.

2nd Life is the one-stop shop that would make even the least artistically inclined person (yours truly) feel my crafty senses tingling. But if even you just wanted some new school supplies for your homework/note-taking needs…


If this doesn’t make you a little bit happy on the inside, the joy of mechanical pencils is lost on you.

RISD 2nd Life has got you covered.

And art materials are only the beginning.

A real life Pinterest board

The store runs the gamut in funky odds and ends. From defunct camera lenses to vintage records to charming lamps, there are awesome finds abound that are perfect gifts for friends, family, and, of course, yourself (#treatyoself). Plus their stock is always changing, as donations are always coming in from the RISD and Providence community. You’re certain to discover/fall in love with something new every time you step foot in the door.

But before you grasp at your wallet like Rose to Jack in Titanic (assuming you don’t let go when you literally say you won’t), your morning coffee budget is not in jeopardy. Prices are ridiculously student-friendly, like giant mason jars for just 50 cents that would be perfect for serving Overnight Oats to a family of 12.

So what are you waiting for? Meet your newest art project, piece of dorm décor, and the friendliest staff…all at RISD 2nd Life!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for any topics you’d like to see covered by The Economista, email me at! See you next week!


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