Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm Not Alone (Am I?) - Looking For Links

Curb side shopping is no invention of mine. I started doing it because I heard other people found great stuff. When I'm out there I see people with vans just loading up anything that could be interesting, to probably sell the next day in the flee market or a second hand shop (think about it when you're in the thrift shop: they might have just picked it up from the trash). I often 'shop' for a friend who due to pysical limitation is less mobile than me and have been able to deliver him many of the exact things he'd asked for. Most people I know pick up things occasionally when they happen to pass by and no-one's ashamed of it.

I don't know a lot of people who make a cult of it like myself, but I didn't know anybody at all who writes about it! But recently I found somebody through the internet who dedicated a blog entry to her chair-finds. I was so thrilled! Read
Jenns blog here. It's funny and instructive. Also find the direct link to her beautiful website, The Thrift Shop Romantic, in my linksection.

She also wrote me that trash-to-treasure is actually (becoming) a trend in the US. I really couldn't tell after the nice and polite, but very few reactions I got after I posted my blog on an American crafters community. So I'm curious to know if there are more people, anywhere around the world, dedicating web space to it. If you do or know anybody who does I will certainly publish the link here.

11 comments:

oliveoyl64 said...

I just found your blog through HGTV "trash to treasure". It will be fun having someone from another part of the world to share their "curb shopping" finds.

I have rescued many things curbside, much to my families chagrin. If it is perfectly useful then why not give it a home. If I can't use it then I can put it on MY street and one of the low income neighbors will gladly take it.

I would love to add you to my blog links so others can share in your adventures. Do you mind?

Trashcollector said...

Oliveoyl, please do and I would love to add yours!

oliveoyl64 said...

Okey dokey then. Sadly I do not update my blog as often as I should. I spend more of my time reading other blogs. Time to get cracking.

Sher said...

Feel free to add my blog link! http://oldtimemeartist.blogspot.com/ I'll happily add yours right now!

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Trashcollector said...

Hi Rodrigo,
I don't speak a word of Spanish, but I get the point, you sell personalised T-shirts, and nice ones I see! Now I collect only links that are junk or recuperation related, but i've published your comment, so people can find your link here.

Lauren said...

I am not sure if you have this on your links list, but you should totally include something about freganism, since they really make a cult out of dumpster diving.

Le-Chat said...

Thank you, Lauren, for pointing this out to me! Though I don't scavenge for food, it looks like I've been a freegan for al those years without knowing it. I will certainly dedicate space on my blog on this soon.

Alta said...

Oh no you are not alone. I rescued things from beside the road, by the curb, in the road or anywhere else that they need rescued from. Yes, even critters from the pound. My husband brings home pallets from work and the kids and I are really into making things from those pallets. Hopefully I can save a little of the world.

Le-Chat said...

Thanks, Alta. I know there are a lot of us, but it's so nice to be in touch! My collegue just told me how she and her girlfriend built a bench from pallets they pulled from a dumpster. Do you show pics of what you make on your blog?

Anonymous said...

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