The local recycling centre 


Hello Dear Reader,

This lot cost me £20 and all of it was previously destined for the dustbin. It’s all been bought for a family member who’s been flat sharing and had their kitchenalia depleted by people less careful than they are. The pan was scrubbed with wire wool and the rest went through the dishwasher. I also picked up some bath towels in the Salvation Army shop and they’ve had a hot wash and they’re drying. House sharing is so much the norm now and having second hand stuff that’s replaceable and certainly not precious is a great idea.

We’ve got a great local charity shop that doesn’t charge much and gets really great donations as people with no money at all can get household items for nothing if their need is such. Sadly, that’s the case for so many families in these difficult times. They are also happy to take cash. It’s where I send anything we no longer want. 

I’m all for recycling, whether it’s taking the bottle, tins, cardboard and plastic to the recycling bins in the car park or buying household items in the charity shop. I’m a tightwad too so I love paying less for what ever we need. 

I’m now going to have a dig round and clear out and return the favour.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx

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16 thoughts on “The local recycling centre 

  1. I’ve bought many a bit of kitchenalia from charity shops. A wok which lasted me a further 5 years. I have some brown oval earthenware dishes which are still regularly used after about 10 years… I bought a beautiful blue plant pot cover the other day which looks lovely on my kitchen windowsill. X

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  2. I cannot blame you,all of my kitchen equipment is secondhand, charity shop, i can’t remember the last time I baught anything new, the local car boot is great for that.

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  3. I’ve gotten the bug for myself as well. If I feel I need something, I’m going to look hard for a second hand option first. First though, I’ll do a check to see if i really need it at all.

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  4. Most people I know are poor, and we share things around all the time. When we find coffee at a good price, we always buy a second can for my mom-in-law who is on a fixed budget. We give her other things too, but coffee is a big thing for her :-). She is also a tremendously talented upcycler of clothing and I’m always looking for materials she can use for her projects. And it goes beyond family. One of my MIL’s neighbors has a friend who farms and he brings them far more produce than they can use, so they give it to my MIL who passes things on to us. Sometimes even one carrot and a zucchini makes a huge difference. And I’m always shopping church rummage sales for typically 5 different people who I know need things. For just a few dollars I can really help them. And I always keep a box of things to send to relatives who live further west. My mom travels to see them twice a year and stops here on her way out, so I collect things for her to distribute to family members that I don’t see that often. We have this thing practically down to an art. But it helps us all and we enjoy the fun of finding something that brings relief to someone in need.

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  5. I’m a new convert to charity-shop and second-hand shopping; even so, inspired by you Froogs and other bloggers, I’ve found some great bargains, including furniture to upcycle, and shirts to cut down for patchwork. Today I bought a bright orange, pure cotton, mens XL shirt for £3 🙂

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  6. Recycling is becoming a way of life form us now and anything we no longer need we give to Emaus as we haven’t found any other place to take it, I also love look in for treasures there, it is so nice to know that someone else has used and loved it, it would be even nicer to know what it’s life had been, sadly times have changed since our Grandparents times of make do and mend, it has become a throw away generation

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  7. I just can’t understand why people wouldn’t recycle – I love recycling, I love donating, the thought of my old things, becoming new things for someone else in just lovely and in turn I really love to upcycle unloved furniture 😀

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    • By the time I get to a charity shop all the fun stuff is gone. I do like Carboots though. I often go with a friend who drives and I have acquired some amazing bargains at really low prices.

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  8. I love taking things to the Salvation Army after a declutter and I love searching for treasure there too. Some of my favourite things in my home were sourced there. Plus some of our furniture was inherited/handed down from our parents. Make do and mend is the best advice ever.

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  9. I always try to find needed items in craigslist, 2nd hand and thriftshops. It only makes sense to me. The only true investments are land, and precious items. Most everything else depreciates! I just dropped a van-full of clothing off at Goodwill, as I’ve lost 2 sizes and don’t want to slide backwards as its easy to do if looser pants are still here!
    I do maintain a storage room here on our property where I keep things that will be needed by one of my 4 kids or 3 of my nephews family. There are lamps, furniture, baby stuff, canning jars, extra chairs, etc….. When one of them needs something or wants to store stuff while off on an adventure I get a call. It’s saved a lit of money, and costs nothing

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  10. Oh…. one more idea to share: I always sew, and like cotton pj’s, but hate making the shirts. I’ve started to buy men’s dress shirts at thrift shops. Then cut the collars off, cut a v-neck, and bind neckline with seam binding or biased tape, sometimes a little lace. Next I cut off the cuffs and bind in the same method. Sometimes I embroider around the neckline or down the front, or unpick the pocket and add lace or embroidery before replacing. It doesn’t take long. Usually the shirts hit me mid thigh and make perfect soft sleeping shirts. For a young lady the same thing could be taken in a bit with darts, a belt added for a cute shirt dress. My daughters love this sort of thing.

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  11. Great idea, Holly. I don’t mind making shirts, but your speedy transfer has a lot of possibilities. I bought a large men’s Boden shirt….beautiful heavy linen, £4 from a charity shop. I’m size 12 so plenty of fabric. Deconstructed it all except the button band, matched checks in the darts, etc, and I’m really pleased with it. Also bought a Laura Ashley silk shirt in a charity shop for £1.99 which was still on sale in their shops for £85! Throwaway society…….bring it my way!

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  12. Having read your Blog for a little while now, I would not consider you to be a “Tightwad”, rather that you are “Financially Frugal”.

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  13. My granddaughter is still at the flat-sharing age and has both lost and acquired things through the carelessness of roommates. She is still learning frugality and has a way to go, but she does have an eye for decorating. I really need to do some estate sales with her if I can find time when she is off work. She has a tendency to let prices influence her likes, and I need to get her out of that habit!!

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