I’m a bit of a spendthrift. Not to the point that I prefer a 99 cent burrito to a delicious, local, deservedly more expensive one. But it does mean that I like to feel like I’ve “gotten a deal” on things. And what better deal can you get than getting something for free?
This weekend the city of Halifax participated in a Curbside Giveaway, which is one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard of, for a multitude of reasons.
First, it pays heed to my favourite of the 3 Rs: Reusing stuff! Reducing our consumption and recycling our waste is important too, but for me there’s nothing more satisfying than reclaiming something from a trash heap and giving it new life.
Second, it’s an awesome way to find cool and unusual treasures. For example, I found this really cool old picture frame! No idea what I’ll put in it yet (if anything) but it’s so unusual and interesting and I’m glad to welcome it into my home.
Third, when we reuse other people’s stuff, it cuts down on the amount of new products that need to be created, packaged and sold. In this respect, it’s a great way to cut back on our chronic consumerism, something even the most environmentally-conscious of Westerners is not immuned to. We like our stuff.
Outside of the official Curbside Giveaway weekend, there are organizations in HRM that will accept good used items when you’ve had your fill of them. And I got rid of lots of stuff when I moved by sitting it on the curb for an afternoon with a “free” sign on it. I mean, you gotta respect the neighbours, but if you put something out the day before garbage day with a free sign? It might just find a new home and you might save another perfectly good item from ending up in the landfill.
Here’s hoping you found a special treat this weekend!