Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Junk Haul - My Re--purpose Ideas



As my followers know, I love to re-purpose and create something from nothing.  Ringle, our rural town, is the site for the county landfill.  The "Ringle Dump."   I don't know if any of you have ever been to a dump, but it is sad.  Not just for the environmental issues - but, for me...to see someone's once loved old toy laying in the pile, just makes me think of Toy Story 3.  

My love of re-purposing came from necessity.  My Grandpa Kincaid was the "king of the dump."   Seriously.  He could see an item in the rough and bring it home and turn it into a treasure.  He then sold these items.  What was a hobby for him, my mother and many relatives - has - at times been pretty profitable.  So, that is why, I guess, I'm saving items from the landfill by recreating them into something new.

The back of my car is full of items I plan to sell or redo.  I bought the pewter looking light fixture for $5.  I plan to put "new" globes on them made out of green mason jars.  I think the colors will work well together.  I couldn't leave those old trophies - the whole box was only $3.  I plan to spray paint some a solid bright color.  Others I plan to use the tops as the hooks you hang stuff on for a coat rack.  I'm doing a garden flea market on June 7 at Grand Repeats and will fill that wire basket with some flowers.  I will also have a yellow theme as I found some really cute yellow swirl swanky glasses.  I found some funky green 1950's drapes I might use as a wall for my booth.  The turquoise vintage suitcase - according to the Junk Gypsies - the next up and coming color - will stay the way it is.  I will take some pictures when these are done.

So, the next time you see a rummage, flea or Goodwill - stop and shop with an open mind - you might just save something from the landfill.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

NOTE:  these items are not from the dump.  I was rescuing them before they went to the dump.  Sorry for confusion.  
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