Why Thrift, Reason #2: To Recycle
This post is part of a five part series entitled, "Why I Thrift," beginning with Why I Thrift, Reason #1: To Save Money.
In today's eco-conscious culture, everyone talks about recycling. Mostly they mean pop cans and water bottles. But thrifting is one of the best types of recycling there is: taking something that would otherwise end up in the landfill and using it in your home.
When I thrift, of course I enjoy finding the really killer finds, the things that are hard to find, in mint condition, and cost a pittance. But more than that, my favorite thing is to buy something that nobody else wants. The dresser with the broken veneer, the ugly thing no on can envision better for. When I save something like that and make it into something beautiful, it gives me a satisfaction that I don't get any other way.
This "thread rack" is a perfect example. This isn't a thread rack, it's a silverware tray. And it's a crummy, fiberboard one that got wet and swelled up until the wood all cracked. It was going to get tossed. Nobody wanted it for its intended purpose. Heck, I wouldn't have wanted it for its intended purpose. But as a thread rack: cool! It's charming, cute, functional and not in the landfill.
What about you? What's the piece you're most proud of having "saved" from certain doom?
This five-part "Why I Thrift" series continues with "Why I Thrift, Reason #3: Unique & Personal."