Friday, June 3, 2011

Reducing, reusing, recycling: The pleasures of thrift stores

I live in a small, Colorado mountain community during the summer.  For a while there was no movie theater in the entire county.  There are, however, great thrift stores.  Once a week when we drive the 34 miles to go food shopping, we visit those thrift stores.  Our kitchen (and closets) are filled with the spoils of our visit—the blender in our cabin came from a thrift store, as did our bread machine and many other small kitchen items, like cups, utensils, and serving plates.

Reusing (buying at garage sales or thrift stores, or cruising around on garbage days) always trumps recycling if you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint.  It’s also fun because you never know what you may discover.

1 comment:

  1. From Berna-Dean Holland

    In the city in which I live, there are more and more community centres opening up their halls and gym spaces and outdoor patios on Sunday afternoons for Flea Markets. Community members need only book a table and bring their wares to the market. Anything from household goods to home grown veggies and preserves, clothing...collectibles whatever! Trading is an option too. It is really fun and a great way to get to know your neighbours while reducing, re-using and recycling.