Hello Dear Reader,
I’ve blown raspberries, I’ve thrown slippers, I’ve shouted and frowned and I’ve thoroughly tutted. I may be wrong but I’m sure I need neither a new dining suite or sofas with matching cushions that if I order now and if I’m lucky, I’ll have delivered in time for Christmas.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and will not be hand weaving an organic Christmas myself and love a bit of cake, a glass of wine and a well stuffed turkey not to mention a few days off with my feet up in front of the fire. My immediate family will get a present and the fluffies will get a new chewy each. I’m also not suggesting that you don’t buy a new sofa or any other thing you decide to buy new. What I might suggest if you want to freshen up your home or just fancy a change is to do any of the following.
Take a look at going free in free ads or other online give aways. I picked up a fridge on Tuesday and there were plenty of household items available from cookers, sofas, tables and bedroom furniture. People are just happy that someone comes round, collects it and getts it out of their house.
Local buyers and sellers on Facebook. I’m signed up to all of my local groups and I keep my eyes open and they are usually big items that you need to collect. You can also send a message, ask for more photos or ask if you can pop round and see the item for yourself. You can also put a request out for something you’re looking for.
There’s always eBay but don’t go direct to eBay itself but search for local items through Bay Crazy and then set a limit to the amount you want to pay.
There are charity shops that sell furniture and household items although I’m often frustrated that they charge so much and I wonder who can afford them.
There are also some fantastic local community projects who recycle furniture, electrical, bedding, clothing, toys, baby equipment and we recycle everything we can to them. They don’t have fixed prices. People with financial difficulties can make a donation of what they can afford and the rest of us can pay what they ask but even then, it’ll be cheaper than anywhere else. Here is Liskeard we have http://www.recycleandrenewing and Community Treasure chest who will collect and distribute household items and they do everything to save anything recyclable from landfill.
So, go ahead and change your house around. Swap your curtains from one room to another, buy some paint and paint some secondhand furniture, recover some cushions, throw a quilt over a sofa, recycle what you have and replace it with something you got for free or bought cheaply secondhand. You’d also be surprised how much a deep clean, declutter and a coat of paint can do to make a house feel new and fresh.
So, ring the changes and posh up your pad for Christmas if that’s what you want but think about all the ways you can do it on a budget, with some concerns for recycling and without feeding the money monster!
I’d love to hear about recycling projects in your area, Facebook groups, local ads or bargains you’ve bought secondhand or for free from freecycle.
Love Froogs xxxxx