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Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 05 9:49 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
Where we are, the things like this get taken down to the tip and set pout on tables for recycling - ie othr folks visiting the tip can buy the stuff for hardly anything. Le Creuset for 40p a pan, anyone? That's where I get mine, and the casseroles, and the honey extracotr, and numerous/hundreds of other useful items. People take them there knowing there is a very large chance of them being bought and given a second life by someone who buys them.
Every council should do this.


What a fantastic idea, I'll be onto my council tomorrow!!

2steps



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 05 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

don't blame you Penny, good for you for saving them a few months ago I got a perfectly good quilt and 4 pillows from a skip. They'd been rolled up and put into plastic bags before being thrown out given them a good wash and there great. my son has claimed the quilt as its a double an dhe can roll himself up in it

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 05 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think what made this even worse, was that the stuff was brand new! Just not quite good enough to sell in one of the shops. (I'm keeping the steamer - it's wonderful )

2steps



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

and why not? really irritatesme when people will only buy perfect items. I remember when I was a kid my mum wouldn't buy a tin if it was dented or she dropped it. I always remember thinking, 'who cares we throw the tin away anyway!'

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
Where we are, the things like this get taken down to the tip and set pout on tables for recycling - ie othr folks visiting the tip can buy the stuff for hardly anything. Le Creuset for 40p a pan, anyone? That's where I get mine, and the casseroles, and the honey extracotr, and numerous/hundreds of other useful items. People take them there knowing there is a very large chance of them being bought and given a second life by someone who buys them.
Every council should do this.


See, that's a really well thought out idea. Do you know how your council came about it, and do they advertise it? I'd love to post e-mail a link to my local council. But failing that a letter in my local rag might do it.

JB



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's not just that people throw out good stuff it's also that there is a reluctance for people to buy second hand goods. I've been unable to sell things second hand even for give away prices and unable to buy things second hand because everybody else knows there is no market for second hand goods.

gil
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Must get onto my local/regional council, though the main tip is in conjunction with a landfill site, and not like any urban 'tip' I've ever visited.

If there is 'no market for secondhand goods', that explains their shortage. Most of what I have is secondhand, but I haven't had any really good finds for quite a while. Skips in posh / upcoming areas can be really good - in the last few years, I've had a sofa, a carpet, a kitchen cupboard and a large wicker laundry basket. Size of vehicle and solo skip-diving limited what could be taken : I had to leave behind perfectly good timber, doors, etc.

I've also wondered why charity shops are not as good as they used to be. My theory was that the quality of clothing had gone down, so when clothes were knackered, they really were. But then folk seem to chuck stuff out much more readily these days, so that shouldn't apply.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 05 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i tat or second hand shop almost everything .yesterday i got a new pair of warmwear rohan trousers for 50 pence .my collection of silk shirts <3 each usually>is ridiculous .over the years i have carpeted acres from skips . shopfitters skips provide loads of quality materials for art or doing up the house, i dont use a vehicle which is a good thing cos if i did i would need a steptoe type yard .be careful to test electrical goods .the other side of this is if i no longer need something i often put it outside with a take me home and use me note , very quick usually . the one i most regret was the 20000 worth of robinson &cornish kitchen units , that some fool dropped conrete lintels through them is beyond me ,it would have been no bother to stack them and sell them even, who would do that to enough perfect units to fit out 3 smallish kitchens.hey ho ,bleaching serviceable food is out of order as well .i think some shops give todays date food to hostels and night shelters etc .

tawny owl



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 05 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
It's not just that people throw out good stuff it's also that there is a reluctance for people to buy second hand goods. I've been unable to sell things second hand even for give away prices and unable to buy things second hand because everybody else knows there is no market for second hand goods.


I can't see how that can be (unless you live in a particularly fussy neighbourhood) - I was reading just the other day that the price of second-hand goods has gone up, because of car boot sales and particularly ebay.

jema
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 05 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tawny owl wrote:
JB wrote:
It's not just that people throw out good stuff it's also that there is a reluctance for people to buy second hand goods. I've been unable to sell things second hand even for give away prices and unable to buy things second hand because everybody else knows there is no market for second hand goods.


I can't see how that can be (unless you live in a particularly fussy neighbourhood) - I was reading just the other day that the price of second-hand goods has gone up, because of car boot sales and particularly ebay.


dunno myself I think there are a lot of mixed signals out there.

But then there is always what people say they do and what they actually do do. Amipest recounted to me how some of her friends parents wouldn't stoop as low as to shop as ASDA on snob grounds, but she spotted at a party the sort of ASDA value ranges
sausage rolls etc that no one on here would touch with a barge pole.

tawny owl



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 05 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
[dunno myself I think there are a lot of mixed signals out there. But then there is always what people say they do and what they actually do do. Amipest recounted to me how some of her friends parents wouldn't stoop as low as to shop as ASDA on snob grounds, but she spotted at a party the sort of ASDA value ranges
sausage rolls etc that no one on here would touch with a barge pole.


Oh, I know what you mean - I know someone who won't shop at Aldi or Lidl because 'poor people shop there'.

Lozzie



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 05 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
Where we are, the things like this get taken down to the tip and set pout on tables for recycling - ie othr folks visiting the tip can buy the stuff for hardly anything. Le Creuset for 40p a pan, anyone? That's where I get mine, and the casseroles, and the honey extracotr, and numerous/hundreds of other useful items. People take them there knowing there is a very large chance of them being bought and given a second life by someone who buys them.
Every council should do this.


Hi Sarah - where in Dorset are you? Bournemouth tip used to do this up until about a year ago. Everyone round here was gutted.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 05 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
.my collection of silk shirts <3 each usually>is ridiculous .


aha ! another Downsizer with a shirt collection and silk, too.

not practical for working outdoors in though.

pricey



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 05 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know Christchurch tip does it , also Lymington do it on a very large scale, got a fork + spade 3 nearly new.

Steve

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 05 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oh yes they are . smooth , dry , wicking ,tough , rot resistant ,strong , non alergenic and some are dpm and styleish . jungle or arctic , silk is the best base layer i have ever used . if it is good enough for an insects baby it is good enough for me they wash easyily, they last for 3 months unchanged in wet wood land ,insect proof (mostly)..you can step out of the bushes after some time and people think "oh , well dressed "as a natural fibre for rope , cloth , are there any ands ? i cant fault it for what it is best at .if you ever need to wear a wet shirt make sure its a silk one .ps they seem to repel critters and reduce body odour to a minimum . party animal or extreme geography , SILK RULES .

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