One man's trash is another man's treasure

cross-posted.
warpaint
squeakyramone
My boyfriend, best friend, and I have been on a dumpster diving spree as of late. We've mostly been finding clothing and household accessories such as decorations and pots and pans.

Friday night, we found bags upon bags of clothes which was awesome because it is all going to our free market this Saturday. Last night, however, I was astonished at the things that we found:

-a practically new copy machine (instructions and everything!)
-a tiny little portable television
-a small tv
-a perfectly good white plastic high chair
-a waffle iron
-a 5 disc CD player
-more clothes, as usual
-a computer desk chair
-some milk crates
-an easter basket
-some sea shell shower curtain hooks
-a baby hamper
-a tin with puppies on it


There is more- I just really can't remember it all right now.

Our basement is seriously a sea of dumpster finds. All of which we are putting out at the free market on Saturday. We're hoping for a good turnout!

Freegan Revolution!
thebrokehustle
Please take a second to look at this website, dedicated to educating others about the Freegan Revolution.
http://freegan.info/

Here is an excerpt from the site: "Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed."

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Recycling a t-shirt
thebrokehustle
So, you've got an old t-shirt that has a few stains or holes..and you can no longer wear it. You're thinking you're going to throw it out--but what can you do with it instead? Here's a list of things I've come up with.

1) Tie-Dye the shirt and cut pieces of it into long strips. Sew a piece of the fabric around a regular "ouchless" hair tie to make a cool hair scrunchie.

2) Similarly, cutting the t-shirt into thicker strips will give you a tie-dyed hair bandana. No sewing involved--just tie the ends.

 
3) If the shirt is size L or XL, cut the neck and shoulders off the shirt, sew up the top and the sides to form a pillow case and slip over your small throw pillows. Ta-da! New slipcover/ pillow case!


Not everyone's into brightly colored tie-dyed items, so here are other things you can do (sans tie-dye)

4) Cut the shirt into large squares and use them as cleaning rags or mini blankets/ bedding for small house pets
5) Braid thick strips of the tshirt together, tie both ends, and you now have a rope-like chew toy for the dog.


That's all I have so far. Feel free to comment and add more!





Broken/ cracked ceramics or glass?
thebrokehustle
Making a mosaic tile piece out of old broken or cracked glass and ceramic is a great way to recycle and add art and style to your old home decor. Here's a few ideas:
Mosaic frames for photos, mirrors, etc
Mosaic tabletops
Mosaic lamp bases
Mosaic candle holders
Flower pots
Wall murals (to be adhered right to the wall)

Go nuts. Here are some resources for mosaic tiling (as I have NO EXPERIENCE with this)
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/stainedglass/
http://www.ehow.com/how_8092_mosaic-tabletop.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_8093_mosaic-flowerpot.html




Themed Post: What's your summer DIY trash-->treasure project?
thebrokehustle
First, I'd like to say thank you for your interest in joining my community. Without your interest and your desire to share your "treasures" with us--this community would be empty and sad (awww). I'm going to be promoting this community in other places so that we might get some people (and posts) up in here! So bear with me while I try and get the word out.

Here's a themed post to get the ball rolling: What is/are your summer trash-->treasure project(s)? I'll list mine so you know what I mean. After you read my list, post to the community and tell us what yours are!

1) Find free martini/ champagne glasses. Hand paint them with funky and fun colors. Give some away to friends, sell some at the craft fair, and keep some for my new apartment.

2) Hunt for a free coffee table. Sand it down and add black stain. Hand paint pink and white orchid flowers on the coffee table and put it in the new apartment.

3) Find free mirrors, smash them (no bad luck here) and glue them onto my bedroom wall in a mosaic pattern.

4) Collect small smooth stones and seaglass at the neighborhood beach for upcoming DIY projects.

Okay...your turn!


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