If you’re someone like me who loves to go thrifting, it can be really easy to become a collector of junk or even a hoarder if you’re not careful. The nice thing for us is that we don’t like clutter—though by the looks of my craft area right now it doesn’t seem that way!
For us, we’ve learned that it’s important to do a periodic recycling run. We always have a box handy and usually filled up and ready to go by the next time we make a trip to the thrift-store.
When I’m out thrifting, I try to be selective as to what I buy. It’s so tempting to buy something because “it’s only a quarter”! So.tempting. I’m learning to be honest and ask myself on the spot if I’ll be able to reuse the item, or if it’ll end up in the Good*will box the next time I cull out. That pretty platter that will come out once a year with a turkey on it? No. That set of nice cotton cloth napkins? Definitely.
Part of repurposing an item, to me, is using it for something other than it was intended. The revolving spice jar rack now holds my buttons. The antique tool box turned sideways makes a perfect shelf in my kitchen for my vintage German-labeled spice jars. That pretty purse my sister gave me hangs on my wall and holds my hot glue and heat gun.
What are some ways you practice the 3 R’s?
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