In-season I’m told St. John can balloon in population from 5,000 year-round residents to nearly 40,000 visitors. That’s quite a load of left-behinds for a little island. And what do visitors leave? You name it: flip flops, beach chairs, floppy hats, unfinished rum bottles, coolers big and small, snorkels, flippers, beach toys, and more.
Bought by island visitors with enthusiasm at the start of vacation, these items rarely find their way high on the priority list when it comes to what will fit in the suitcase headed home. All of these items, week after week, year after year, make their way into the homes of those who live on here. The concept of “used” on St. John is embraced, as it often means free, and always means you didn’t have to bother shopping. Even villa furniture eventually make its way into residential homes, as upgrades and replacements to luxury rental homes on St. John is common. Second hand? Second life!