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I have never understood weddings as popular culture has them. Where people see beautiful flower arrangements, table settings, & lots of extras, I see an enormous amount of waste – weddings on a ‘budget’ included. I see money that could be a down payment on a house, an emergency fund, or the difference between working a job you hate & one you love (if money that would have been spent on a wedding were invested wisely…). I see the time spent planning a wedding, as time NOT spent building a life with your mate. I could never understand the concept of a wedding – even as a little girl (but I was very much a tomboy – who the heck would want to wear a dress AND a white one at that?).
Welcome to TrashFinds ‘Feline Friday’! Our cats are always so involved with inspecting trash finds & helping decide if they’ll be keepers, that I usually have to take a number of pics since a cat tail, paw, or head gets in the frame. Since they immediately jump on whatever it is I’m trying to get a picture of, I’ve decided it’s a much better use of time to just keep them in the picture & spend less time trying to capture shots without them (well, at least these shots). Here we have Louie sitting on top of a box with a vintage revolving gold-glitter Christmas Tree stand (doesn’t revolve but is still really cool-looking) & Sophie is trying out a shelf on a Drexel nightstand – yet another beautiful solid wood piece someone painted (fortunately, the water-based paint didn’t take too well & should be easy to remove). Read more about our wood furniture trash finds!
(Image courtesy of LuckyBluebirdArt – Etsy shop here!)
My boyfriend hunts & fishes. I’m a vegetarian. Since we tend to socialize more around the holidays with all the parties & gatherings, the topic comes up – A LOT. I’ve been a vegetarian for about fifteen years & he’s hunted his whole life – coming from generations of hunters. I respect that he hunts for food & would never hunt anything that he isn’t going to eat. He respects that I simply don’t eat meat, and on the few occasions I’ve considered/tried to eat meat, all I could see in my head is the animal alive (similar to when Lisa Simpson became a vegetarian & the lamb pleads, “Lisa, don’t eat me”). Trophy hunters, hunting as ‘sport’, or baiting animals, disgusts both of us. Friends of mine who are vegetarians can’t comprehend how it doesn’t bother me that he hunts, but I don’t see how it could. It’s more bothersome to me how we’ve strayed from our own self-sufficiency of producing & acquiring our own food (myself included).
I originally stopped eating meat to avoid easy, fast-food meal fixes as I wanted to eat healthier. Being a vegetarian is not an issue for me – in fact, people who have known me for years are surprised when they find out I am. When I’m a guest at someone’s table, avoiding meat is pretty easy & I’m usually able to go unnoticed as there are plenty of non-meat side dishes. I don’t care if the meat touches my potatoes, or if it’s all cooked on the same grill or pan. While my boyfriend’s mom is a wonderful cook, if we are visiting his parents for more than a day, I have started to bring a few of my own foodstuffs. Mainly because I don’t want her to fret over what I’m going to eat, and also because at least one daily meal will consist of something that the meat can’t just be easily plucked out. I respect my boyfriend’s feelings & he respects mine.
I’m not compelled to wear shirts, join protests, sticker up my car, or try to convert other people to being vegetarians. I’m all for people expressing who they are & tactfully sharing their belief system, and I try to do that with trash picking & reuse. We all have things we are passionate about – being a vegetarian is just something I do…. Trash picking is who I am.
In a previous post relating to thrift giving, I wrote about how I give gifts my way, and no longer bow under the pressure to obtain a new item that is overly-priced, will be under-used, and conflicts with my beliefs.
Occasionally, I’ll attend a non-immediate family gathering, though I’m not a big fan of many ‘gatherings’. Years ago, my cousin had everyone over prior to the holidays, and I wanted to take something ‘gifty’. My cousin & his wife’s tastes & lifestyle are on the complete opposite ends of the spectrum from me – trash picking, thrift stores & even antique stores aren’t exactly on their radar. My cousin & his wife are big fans of two widely known mouse characters. Fortunately, I hadn’t decided last minute to attend, so when I was at a thrift store prior to the gathering, I found a 70’s version of the stuffed animal mouse couple. They were not pristine, but they were no different than anything you would find at an antique store – which, when I was pressed, is the story I gave of where I found them. Anyway, I tied something Christmasy around each doll & presented as is. They LOVED them & to this day, they make it to the mantle for holidays.
I chose to say they were from an antique store based on the YEARS of judgement I’ve received from a good portion of my family, in reference to my frugality & disinterest in ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’. The judgement doesn’t bother me, but the expectation from others to explain myself does, so it really comes down to the path of least resistance. While it bothered me that I couldn’t reveal these vintage mouse characters had come from a thrift store, I also know an antique store legitimizes used for the non-junker. What I don’t understand is WHY? Previously owned – whether it comes from the trash, thrift store, yard sale, rummage sale, or antique store (where lots of items from the aforementioned places end up) is STILL previously used. Everyone has their preference & comfort level in terms of condition, but if an item makes the cut & someone is okay with one avenue of used, what makes the other ones any different?
So, what do you think? What makes an antique or even consignment store gift, a seemingly more ‘legitimate’ place to obtain a gift from than other sources of used to the non-junker?
Check out this recent post from Get Rich Slowly regarding giving gifts from a thrift store: http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/12/10/ask-the-readers-is-it-okay-to-buy-a-christmas-gift-from-a-thrift-store/
We found this metal roll top bread box trash picking a flea market a few months ago. I was going to pass on it, but my boyfriend convinced me to take it with the idea that, “I bet you there’s a customer at the antique store that would want that”, which, the collector in me falls for every time. I’m also easy to sway with anything that can be potentially used to store stuff anyway. Sure, it has it’s charm, but it has it’s issues – roll top’s a little dented; one seam is a little loose on the side; aged rust inside. Not a big deal, but also nothing I want to put effort into making better (but if I were, I’d line the inside with contact, or wallpaper or something). I do really like the knob though, which appears to be Bakelight.