Well you know what, that's fine by me! You could never call me high-maintenance, and I'm never happier than when I'm rummaging around looking for a bargain.
This Saturday, may well have been one of the most perfect days.
Meeting up with my lovely like-minded friend, we joined the frozen throng of saddos queueing for the jumble sale. This particular jumble sale is usually very well attended and has a reputation for having some high quality toot. The snow kept quite a few away so it was relatively calm inside.
I grabbed quite a few clothing items, for their fabric upcycling potential and a fistful of silk(ish) scarves - more on them another time as they are currently whirring around in the washing machine.
I did get these two great shopping bags - I won't get lost in the supermarket with these right? The larger one is from Ikea and I love the size/shape of it. I have loads of 50s barkcloth curtains stashed away and I think I'll use the bag as a pattern and knock up some vintage beach bags.
The doors opened on the general jumblie at 2pm, but then they open up the separate bric-a-brac- section at 2.45. We ummed and ahhed about whether to stay, but decided what we had planned may just prove more fruitful.
So, here's where it got really exciting. My friend regularly goes to a tip and buys stuff that people have dumped. She comes back with all kinds of amazing things and has been promising to take me on a hot date to the dump for ages.
Course, my family and other friends are horrified by this - lucky I don't give a toss what people think of me right?
I can't tell you how much this appeals to me. If ever there was a more obvious way of saving something from landfill. It's literally rescuing things from the jaws of the crusher.
We arrived and it was a little disappointing as man-with-a-van had beaten us to it and brought pretty much everything (obviously, I don't know exactly how 'above board' this kind of activity is!), but I did have a look in the section he'd deemed 'too pricey'. See - I'm a bit posh.
I spotted these gorgeous vintage enamel items in mint green. A square pail/mop bucket and a kitchen colander.
I know how expensive even repro items like this are, so I was happy to pay a fiver for the two and save them from the crusher.
Initially I was thinking I'd make the colander up into a hanging basket and plant up the pail too, but they are in such lovely condition now I'm not so sure. Maybe I could stencil on some lettering to the side of the bucket and turn it into my cleaning caddy (the idea that I would use a cleaning caddy had my Old Man rolling about in hysterics by the way).
What do you think? What shall I do with them? Would you scavenge something from the dump or have I gone too far this time?
Have you saved anything from landfill lately. What did you rescue that was too good to be chucked?