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Often used and vintage items are better quality than you can purchase new. Last weekend helped Dear Aunt find an egg beater to replace the rusted one she had. The sales person wanted to sell her the small hand mixer but it was electric and DA wanted manual tools. She is 92 and still lives alone and is so healthy!
yes, I consider anything you can buy cheaply and reuse whether as is, or by making changes or repairs is recycling. Of course the bedroom set was not an antique when we received it, it was just twice used. The only cost we had was to pay a small rental fee on the storage unit my mother had it stored in. Along with the set we also had many other household items including a set of china, bunk beds mom had purchased at a army surplus store. a ringer washing machine with wooden holder and two galvanized tubs for rinsing the clothes. We finished furnishing our apartment with a kitchen set from the second hand store and a living room set we found advertised in the paper. I commend you, you sound very good at finding new uses for items you have found. I am an artist and I have gone to garage sales and bought hand saws, 2 man crosscut saws, big round saw blades etc. I did paintings on them and sold them at my studio and at craft shows.
If you consider Antiquing recycling. Then yes! But, I only buy recycle most of the time. I also like to go to garage sales and look at items that I can fix or repurpose. Have done that with a 6 drawer dresser that was missing a drawer. I moved the drawers around and then used 2 small baskets that I had instead. I like do thing like that.
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yes I started recycling things years ago. When we got married 54 years ago next week, we furnished our apartment with furniture my mother no longer had need of and bought other things in the local thrift stores, then called "second hand stores". We actually still have my mothers beautiful four piece bedroom set which she had bought second hand. It has the bed, we have replaced the spring and the mattress a few times over the years. It also has a mirrored bureau. a highboy and a winged mirror dressing table. Recently I bought a desk and chair for my computer in Fl. at a thrift store for a total of $25. $15 for the desk and $10 for the chair. also a television stand for $25 at a garage sale.
Edited by: ARTCHICK1957 at: 6/8/2013 (14:17)
The local thrift stores -- we have several -- are our go-to places to shop. Taking a quick look around the house:
Two living room chairs adapted from swiveling RV seats
Three dining room chairs -- the fourth one was broken
A four-drawer file cabinet that needed minor repairs and repainting
My desk chair
A double-sized captain's bed
Our coffee pot
Assorted kitchen gadgets, cat and dog food bowls, flatware
About half my clothes and most of Hubby's
Assorted crafts materials, yarn, knitting needles
Most of my books -- you can't beat a five cent book
Half a dozen exercise videos -- from the "free" basket outside
Our bathroom sink and countertop
Of course we also donate back what we're finished with or can't use. Our latest donation went to Paws and Stripes, which matches up veterans dealing with PTSD and shelter dogs, both causes dear to our hearts.
Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.
Housework done imperfectly still blesses my home.
Build like a lord -- live like a slave! Build like a slave -- live like a lord! Sumerian proverb
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
While reading an article on recycling, I saw a suggestion to buy used things when possible. I love shopping at thrift stores! I call it treasure hunting. Does anyone else utilize the bounty of used products in the world??
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