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Re-Purposing Old Things Into New
November 12, 2010
3:03 pm
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Paws_Bakery
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Your lights sounds great!!!

Hugs Cheryl   pawprint

November 12, 2010
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I sure wish you all would add some pictures to these great crafts! You have me drooling! 

November 12, 2010
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JoJo –  Thanks for the “Decorator RoadKill” theme.  It's so good to have found an entire community of like-minded, kindred spirits who love to repurpose.  “DECORATOR ROADKILL ROCKS!!!”shimmy

November 12, 2010
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I like the “Decorator Roadkill” term; Hubby and I call our operation “Jump and Grab”– when we spot something on the side of the road he pulls over and I jump out and grab it and fling it into the back of truck!  I've also been known to check into dumpsters from time to time–especially after the college students move out of the dorm at the end of the semester.  He says he can get away with bringing anything home if he can convince me it can be used as a planter. One of my favorite planters is made from the valve cover from a Mercedes Benz.  A lot of the road finds wind up being melted in the backyard foundrey and then cast into other objects.  Two of my planter bases were cast of aluminun reclaimed from gas grills and lawn mower bodies retrieved from the roadside. 

November 12, 2010
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queenymom,

 if I could ever figure out how to post pics…I would share. I get things pretty messed up just trying to get words to post!laugh  I just need to have someone here watching over my shoulder when I do it. You know walk me thru it. Either that or a book that shows pictures…step…by…step!

November 13, 2010
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This reminds me of the time my girl called and said there's a house down the street and everything is free! we took her truck and loaded up! there was enough wood for hubby to put up some trim around the chicken coop, books that had beautiful pictures that I re-purposed, and hard bound craft books that were new.  I also have been known to stop on the side of the road!  just plain fun, you never know what you will find.happy-feetlaugh

November 13, 2010
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One time Aunt Ag and I were garage saleing at one of the local neighborhoods when we spotted some interesting finds. We were grabbing and pawing thru things when a gentleman cleared his throat and said “Ahmmm…we aren't having a garage sale today”. surprisedI've been just a little leary about neighborhood garage sales ever since!

November 13, 2010
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LOVE “Decorator Roadkill”!  My little slogan is ReClaim * ReImagine * ReDo.  5 years ago, I met my junkin' soulmate.  I've always been creative using old things, but he fed my imagination by bringing home things I never would have thought of.  And he (unlike the exhusband) would pull over without me even seeing something alongside the road.  NOW…we have storage issues in the garage/workshop/basement.

Most everything in the house is re-purposed.  From old suitcases/trunks into end tables, old rinse tubs into kitchen counter, from old wood furniture into shelving and lamps, from old wooden bowl into lampshade, from plantstand into platerack, from dresser into kitchen island, from toolbox into spice rack, even our platform bed was made from old pallet wood and 18 bushel boxes.

Here's another topic here https://chickensintheroad.com/forum/primitive-crafts-country-style/junkin-and-making-things-out-of-it/

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

November 13, 2010
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We've got to get some pictures posted here.  I drooling over all the goodies being mentioned.

DH and I discovered a new passtime.  We call it “post-yard saling”.  We went to a neighborhood that had a yard sale where the prices appeared to be full retail.  Lots of goodies but not at those prices.  Later that day, we had to drive by the same neighborhood when the sale was over.  Tons of stuff on the curb for my favorite price FREE!!!   We got DD a bookcase, desk and desk chair as well as several lamps and a brand new plastic drawer set.  She was headed for her first apartment at college and those things all came in handy.  Try out post-yard saling it's fun and productive.

At first DH thought I was a bit crazy but now he proudly displays his finds.  He got an entire roll of chicken wire off the side of the road one day.  I tell the kids anyone can pay retail but it takes a really creative person to get it for free!!

November 13, 2010
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I get more enjoyment and satisfaction out of repurposing than making or buying new.  You're not only saving money but its one less item to fill up the landfills and garbage dumps.  Besides, it gives me satisfaction to take something seemingly worthless and turn it into something really cool.  Reading your posts makes me feel good…like I'm not the only one who sees  potential in something that would be thrown away.  Hey, who's smarter?  The person who pays full retail price for new…or the person who repurposes and gets it for nothing???? Nuff said!!     yes

November 13, 2010
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Why would we want to purchase new when we can get it for free or almost free?

I have lost count on the number of things that I have used that are used, thrown out, second hand or just plain free. I am sitting here in my dining room looking at just a few of the things I have made over. A stack of old crates put together to hold magazines and books. An old kitchen drawer and door made into a small cabinet. An old door panel painted with chickens. An old wooden tool box that was so beat up the thrift store only wanted $2 for it. It holds old  gallon  pickle jars and twigs. A pile of old wooden mixing bowls, the biggest and oldest one I only paid $5 for at a yard sale. An old, oak chest of drawers that holds table linens, somebody painted it white and I like it that . Tobacco sticks made into a hinged floor stand to display old aprons. And the best find ever, but I did buy it from the thrift store, a Yield House butcher block island that is the perfect work space in my kitchen.Just the right space to make cookies with the grand daughters.

I just started my holiday shopping, yard sales and thrift stores!!! And no one who knows me minds that I give them gifts that I have rescued and repurposed.shimmy

November 13, 2010
10:21 pm
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There's an old saying that my Grandma used to say… use it up,  wear it out…something, something, something…or do without. I've been trying to think of it everytime I look at this re-purposing thread and can't remember. Surely there is someone who has heard this before. Can anyone help?

November 13, 2010
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Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without happy-flower

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

November 13, 2010
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use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

Is this it??

November 13, 2010
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laugh Yep that's it, judydee…we were cross posting!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

November 14, 2010
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CindyP–Great minds run in the same channels!  Another old saying, this time from my MIL.  yes

November 14, 2010
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Many moons ago I was a newlywed (the first time), still doing the are-we-ever-going-to-get-along dance with the mother-in-law, slowly discovering mutual interests, she called one evening.  She asked if I could please come help her – she was behind a very popular florist shop, in their dumpster, with her teen-aged daughter about to die of embarrassment.  Actually, the daughter was the one calling, pleading with me to come help so she could get her mom out of the dumpster!

Oh, the treasures we hauled off!  She in her little Mustang (with very little extra room) and me in the VW convertible!!  The fake flowers have all bit the dust, of course, but we still use the white porcelain reindeer and Madonna figures.  We never did figure out why they had thrown out all their Christmas stuff, but we had LOTS of gifts and decorator items for that year and many more.

Same mother-in-law picked up a bunch of sample books later that same year and we made all sorts of  pieced garments from those very high-end fabrics.  Hey – it was the 60's, and we were the height of fashion!!

So, in addition to all the other good reasons for repurposing perfectly (or nearly perfectly) good merchandise, dumpster diving can be a bonding experience!!  Especially if you have a mother-in-law who likes to take shortcuts through alley ways, around the backs of various stores, and finds herself in need of transport!

Fast forward to a couple of years ago.  We were at Wally World and saw them transporting huge racks of hanging baskets around the side of the building.  These baskets had all suffered frost damage from a late frost that year and they had decided that they were no longer suitable for sale, so were just dumping them into the dumpsters.  We rescued a bunch of them!  Figured the baskets themselves and the dirt in them was more than worth carrying them home – and many of them recovered very nicely with a little pruning.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

November 14, 2010
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“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”

Thanks to those who have a better memory than mine! That's the old saying I was trying to remember!yes

November 14, 2010
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annabel52 said:

Why would we want to purchase new when we can get it for free or almost free?

 

Annabel,  I had to reply to your post when I read about the butcherblock island.  My husband came home one day after visiting a local used mart.  Seems this guy had an wooden potting table he wanted $99 for.  Hubby knew I was looking for an island so we took off for the used mart.  When he showed my the “potting table” I almost fell over.  It was made out of 2″ thick oak with two leaves on each end that could be pulled up and locked automatically in place giving you a humongous work area. There was a towel rack, and eye hooks for pot holders and a large shelf underneath. Real quality casters on each leg.  My mouth fell open and I gasped, “He only wants $99 for this? BUY IT!!!”  So we did.  I mean this thing must have rocked someone B-I-G bucks (I found one that looked similar to it online but it had thinner wood and they wanted $1,500 for it).  That had to be the best used buy I ever made. I was so happy…I had my island and it was a dandy!    sun


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I,too, am one of you.  I have had to stop helping at our neighborhood cleanup day because I find just way too much stuff that people are throwing out that is fixable or can be repurposed.  One of the best finds was our game table.  We were wanting a game table (like a poker table with a center leg) for our downstairs family/game room.  I had been scouting the local thrift shops, Goodwill stores, etc. for one.  I came across one at a Salvation Army thrift store for $50. but it needed the top piece.  I took my husband to see it and lo and behold they were closing the store and everything was 90% off.  We picked up that baby for $5.00.  Had to come home and get the pickup to bring it home (in the rain).  We had a piece of leftover masonite from another project that he used to make a top and pieces of leftover flooring for supports and edging. I painted the top green and finished the edges to match the rest table It seats six.  The company my  husband worked for was cleaning out a shed and was throwing out some reception/waiting room type chairs and he brought them home and they work perfectly. 

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