We recently blogged about food for free, which got us thinking about getting other things for free.
This is a bit of a double-edged sword, as Team Pugh love a good deal (such as things, for free) but also Ian has a serious hoarding issue. Freecycle is a bit of a gem for this, and the daily barrage of emails Ian receives to his phone bring a world of possibility (and to be fair to Ian not all that much junk). Some useful things are acquired, some unuseful (to us) things are disposed of, all in all a very useful process we often refer to as a ‘tat exchange’.
Ian currently has several bits of tat that he is on the watch for, and other things crop up ‘that will definitley be useful one day’. There are also several items on Ian’s radar that he is considering disposing of, but has not quite made the jump (such as the crate of assorted wires in his shed that are only useful if you are living in 2004).
As great as Freecycle is there is one form of ‘tat gathering’ that Team Pugh loves even more….a dump stuff outside your house and let people take what they want kind of event, usually completely spontaneously found and some real gems to be found, such as our lovely pink chair, old metal chest and (not so much) a 1980s knitting machine we once got from outside a house being cleared (the knitting machine was trialled but ‘tat exchanged’ a few months later.
This all really goes back to the issue of waste, and like food waste the amount of good, usuable items that go into landfill or just fester is shocking, maybe what the world needs is a big warehouse where anything usable that people didn’t want could be taken and people could go and get things they needed? How amazing would that be? We did come across community repaint a little while ago which is like the warehouse (which we calls tatsville) but for paint – brilliant idea!
So, aims for next week, obtain large warehouse and launch national media campaign and pass on some of our useful but unused items. Hmm, might be a bit ambitious, perhaps we will just start small and find a retro enthusiast for Ian’s wires…..