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.  

5 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I must just not have much of an imagination, because I never know what to do with my junk!

Liz said...

Oh boy I would go nuts living next to a dump like that! Can't wait to see what you do with all of your treasures!

TexWisGirl said...

good luck!

Michaele said...

I am surprised there is an open dump in your area. They are a thing of the past. I have fond memories of savaging : ) I know you will do well with these things.

Bama Girl said...

That's where you got your gift from... Grandpa Kincaid! How neat to grow up with someone who would influence you later in life! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!