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.