Waste Writer

 

We are material creatures who spend much of our lives on material pursuits (even building a cathedral or writing a novel requires stone and mortar or paper and ink). Virginia Postrel

The digital age has made nearly all of us ‘publishers’ of content, making most of us writer in ways that, a decade or so ago, did not exist.  Tara Moss

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RUDE Girl’s most favourite quote

It’s pleasing to know we are in the company of greats like Shakespeare!!  RUDE lives to explore what can be reused, not just from our dustbin but others’ dustbins and skips as well.  RUDE Girl writes about our ways with potential and discarded waste, most days.

RUDE likes the notion of promoting simple reuse of everyday things, compared to fancy upcycling of stuff.  The more grassroots, make do and mend a project is, the more our senses are excited, by the rescuing and revamping of the mundane.

This week over on Facebook @ruderepair, I was inspired to make dishcloths from an old beach towel.  And, I was also inspired by a follower and friend Jacqui, to add sleeves from a garment to a pair of long johns. 

Below are the links to these two videos, if you have not already seen them.

https://youtu.be/9wYlxHU0CoM

https://youtu.be/g3b-sx6Gy34

I guess the will to make use of what is already at hand, is very strong for RUDE.  We do not want too much more stuff in our lives, but we certainly want to reuse, care for and maintain what we have.

RUDE had a visit recently from Sue, a follower and friend, who highlighted that she loved reading what RUDE Girl was writing about.  She suggested there may be a book in it! She liked the human element of what RUDE showcased on a daily basis.

Sue was not interested in blogs with statistics and lots of text to wade through.  RUDE Girl studied statistics at university for a year.  I was very good at the subject BUT the last thing I want to be including in my creative writing musing is stats!

By writing stories about, and showcasing examples of, the wealth making possibilities in waste, RUDE hopes to inspire and/or encourage others to Beat The Man!

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Check out RUDE Girl’s Boro Group of Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/boromottainai/

 

Scavengers’ Secret Business

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“There is wealth in waste and riches in rubbish”  Karen Ellis / Scavenger Artisan

RUDE is asked all the time about TIP SHOPS.  There are various TIP SHOP models in Australia.  We are not going to discuss the various types here.  However, we do want to write a little bit about our experiences, having frequented a few TIP SHOPS.

A TIP SHOP is located at, or close by a landfill [rubbish dump].  It is usually a big shed that has been paid for by the local municipality [council] funded by ratepayers and/or State government sustainability grants.

The idea is that recyclable stuff, that was destined for landfill, is salvaged and sorted at these sheds.  The sheds have a sale area, so when stuff has been priced it is placed into these TIP SHOPS for sale.

RUDE started shopping at TIP SHOPS over 7 years ago.  Why?  OP SHOPS [charity and thrift stores] were becoming more retail and business focused.  RUDE does not really shop retail and prefers to rummage and scavenge around for unsorted junky stuff.  We found we could do this at TIP SHOPS.  For years, we have had loads of scavenging fun but alas, and not surprisingly, TIP SHOPS are now going the way of OP SHOPS.

We used to frequent our local TIP SHOP most days, a few years back, but these days we may go once a fortnight, if that.  Why?  We have enough and are over scavenging around at the moment.

From our anecdotal experience, there are lots of people who buy new things like clothes, appliances, furniture etc for themselves but supplement their pensions, incomes, retirement etc, by selling scavenged stuff on EBay and/or at trash and treasure type markets.  Two TIP SHOP scavengers have told RUDE they fund their yearly holiday this way. 

Scavenging has become more known about, by people who may never have scavenged before.  These days we find there’s not as much good junk to rummage through, as it has all been picked over.  And prices have increased which makes it less attractive to take any old junk home.  A good thing really.

RUDE has shopped at TIP SHOPS pretty much exclusively for 7 years.  What started as a cheeky Beat The Man project has resulted in a reuse and repair lifestyle.  We share our lifestyle because in the process, we discovered we could get off the treadmill [retire] by not consuming new.  We gathered others, just may be interested in some tips on how to do similar.   

Scavenger shopping gets a lot of interesting facial and verbal reactions.  And there will be scavengers who would not dare tell some friends and relatives that they rummage around TIP SHOPS.  RUDE is not so discreet and broadcasts it worldwide.  We do it in the hope that the stigma of secondhand is lessened.  And people following our antics, can see the financial and other benefits.

Believe us when we tell you, that when we drive up to TIP SHOPS, our 1996 Commodore is usually the oldest in the parking area.  Most vehicles we come across are newish, some are Mercs and BMs [Mercedes and BMWs] and many are huge four wheel drive vehicles.  Some towing trailers of the tandem variety!

RUDE dresses in old gardening clothes to go to a TIP SHOP but you can tell the secondhand dealers by the vehicles they drive, what they wear, what they carry, how long they stay, who they talk to, and what and whom about, and the junk pieces they select [usually retro stuff].  Even if you are not into scavenging, it’s just fun to visit a TIP SHOP to observe the anthropological antics going on.

What’s the weirdest encounter we have experienced in relation to TIP SHOPS? When we were told by bureaucrats to call our local TIP SHOP a Resale Centre. 

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RUDE Boy proudly promotes his local TIP SHOP

As if that was EVER going to happen.  The Aussie TIP SHOP is an icon that’s historical name is sacred to true blue scavengers.  RUDE Girl was inspired to rap [yes, rap sort off] about this weird encounter, in a video here.

You can Beat The Man by uncovering the secret business of TIP SHOP scavengers.

Should followers wish to know about TIP SHOPS run a cooperatives this is a good podcast out of Tasmania, Australia to listen to.  Here is the link below:

https://rtrfm.com.au/story/understorey-tips-for-tip-shops/

Below images from Aussie Tip Shops, Junkyards and Restorers Barns

 

Pet Peeves’ Purge

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I was a pedantic child. I’d get really annoyed at the logic of small things that don’t bother anyone else. Peter Baynham

Yes, RUDE have their fair share of pet peeves when it comes to social media and blogging.  Well RUDE Girl does, and well, RUDE Boy hears all about it. 

Please, do not get me wrong.  I am on social media [Facebook] a lot, and most of my experiences are wonderful.  And I blog here and it gives me such joy to share.  What could I possibly be peeved about, you ask?  Good, because I need to debrief and hopefully some of you will listen and/or relate.

Peeve A

Naively perhaps, I just found out on social media that some people really do think they, and they alone, champion a specific cause.  And that there are NO other people doing what they do.  Hello!!  Really?  Well RUDE does not believe them.  And does not want to follow their hubris.

We follow bloggers [and Facebook pages] who mostly do the same thing as RUDE, but in their own unique ways.  For example, RUDE blogs about our frugal lifestyle, as do hundreds of other people. 

There is nothing much new about frugality, reuse and repair.  But one would hope that  RUDE, with our Beat The Man message, showcases a point of difference to other frugal bloggers.  And that this uniqueness makes us champions of frugality, along with all the other champions of the frugal cause.

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Peeve B

Bloggers who are into telling you how many people are following their blogs, how many hits they’ve had in the last thirty minutes, how many times they’ve had s.. whoops getting too carried away with my peeving.  You get my drift, right?

RUDE is keen to read good content, not look at figures.  Tell us where the number of followers bloggers have, is an indication they are great bloggers.  There are many variables to factor in to that research project.

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We get it, that some people may be peeved by our Beat the Man approach to living.  It can appear rebellious, maybe even divisive at times, like now.  Oh dear, forgive me if my peeving offends.  Please share any on-line pet peeves you may have.

Today on Facebook @ruderepair I posted about another RUDE Girl peeve [no community sheds for women].  Check out how Australian women are now rallying to establish community women’s sheds, similar to the men’s sheds

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A RUDE REDUX

RUDE had to find out the meaning of the word Redux.  It means revived; restored; brought back, which pretty much fits with the RUDE ethos, hence the title for this week’s belated Friday blog post.

RUDE Boy has been busy in his shed.  He forgot to remind RUDE Girl [as he always does] that it was Friday [yesterday] .  He always says, “RUDE Girl, you have to write our blog post, don’t forget!”  Well I never got that reminder!

On Friday mornings before I get out of bed, I think about what I am going to write about.  I rarely plan ahead.  It usually just comes to me, from our week in the RUDE household, reusing and repairing stuff.  Once I get an idea or two, I am keen to get out of bed and start my day.  I usually write our blog post in the afternoon.  It can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete a post.

This morning I did not do the above process, and it really threw my routine out.  This afternoon I had no idea what I was going to write about.  Oh no, writers’ block!!

Later an idea came to me, as I was reading the weekend newspapers.  I came across this article titled Vintage Redux.

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Image source:  Herald Sun

I spotted the model for Gucci, in the revamped kilt, and just had to have some fun.  I decided to do a RUDE redux [inspired by Gucci] with my beautiful vintage, made in Australia, Fletcher Jones kilt. 

When I play around like this, it is like a game, and always on the spur of the moment.  With what I have at hand, I get creative and challenge myself to make an acceptable interpretation.  Well, our followers can be the judge as to how I went with this Saturday afternoon scavenger style activity.


Beat The ‘Designer’ Man by being de-spic-able, says Daffy!

NB  My paternal grandparents lived in Merrivale, Warrnambool and knew Fletcher Jones.  My Nanna told a story of him coming door to door with his cart, selling his wares.

 

 

Frugal Facebook Friends

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This may sound a little bit idealistic, but when I go to my blog, my Facebook page, my Twitter account, I talk to different people from all over the world, and you see how it’s easy to establish a dialogue.    Paulo Coelho

Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They’re connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It’s almost a disadvantage if you’re not on it now.    Mark Zuckerberg


Beat The Man by joining hands and minds with like-minded RUDIES!!
  Karen Ellis / RUDE Girl

RUDE Girl [reuser of unloved discarded excess] is a die-hard Facebook fan.  I love Facebook and I love my FFF’s or frugal Facebook ‘friends’.  I rarely use Facebook to keep in touch with family. In fact I prefer not to have family following me.

What is truly awesome for me about Facebook is that RUDE can build an image and identity for ourselves and more importantly by ourselves.  We are not paying a middle man to create this for us.  We have the ability, to be able to create what in a sense, is our brand.  When you are volunteering your time and effort on-line, the no cost of Facebook, is the icing on the cake that helps us to spread the RUDE philosophy.

RUDE strives to promote our ‘brand’ as a priority, and Facebook gives us the opportunity to spread the word about living a frugal life that incorporates reuse and repair. We believe our volunteer on-line and community ‘brand’ is unique, and worth shouting out about.  We do this most days on Facebook @ruderepair, and weekly on this blog.

This week RUDE were humbled that its philosophy was openly recognised by a Facebook friend.  She was introduced to Facebook via a group that I administrate, and from there found out about RUDE.  She has now created her first Facebook group titled Friends who like Rude Record here.

Over the past couple of years she had been inspired by what RUDE promotes, and is incorporating more reuse and repair into her daily life, as a result of following Rude Record on Facebook @ruderepair.  She has definitely been beating The Man, as she builds a new home, and furnishes it totally with pre-loved pieces, and her own handcrafts.  Her husband has been helping her to re-vamp these pieces, and to make them their own.

This is what she wrote as follows:

For all the Friends Who Like Rude Record, I need to stress that Rude Record is not a site with cheeky pictures of naked ladies. RUDE is:

Reuse Unloved Discarded Excess

Rude Record is a blog full of useful and inspirational ideas of how to share a lifestyle of frugal living and the Eco Warrior lifestyle. Friends Who Like Rude Record is for the benefit of the fans of Eco Warriors Karen and Danny Ellis, better known as RUDE Girl Karen and and RUDE Boy Danny from RUDE Record.

RUDE Girl Karen is the administrator of their blog RUDE Record. Karen jumped off the “working for the man” treadmill a few years back. RUDE Boy and Girl combine their shared abilities to immerse themselves in their passion for rescuing and reusing stuff dumped at the point of landfill. At the moment RUDE Boy Danny continues six weeks on and six weeks off “Working for the Man”. However, this will soon change.

These two radical Eco Warriors are passionate recyclers who maintain a very thrifty and modest lifestyle by making do, restoring, mending and more often than not choose not to buy new products. RUDE Girl and Boy have a frugal philosophy which they describe as Scavenger Style. It is a political statement against textile waste, a throw away society and planned obsolescence.

Friends Who Like Rude Record have the opportunity to share their own ideas here, to spread the word about the alternatives for our consumer society. This site is for all the Friends to post ideas, information about secret places where free or dirt cheap stuff is languishing away instead of being usefully recycled. Finally, it is to share your own ideas that highlight and help to share the knowledge of how to live a rich lifestyle without being a thoughtless consumer.

I invite all Friends to join hands and enrich your lives from the knowledge base that is Rude Record.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/109378302822919/

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Cashmere Capers

 

 

I’m pretty much a cheap date, you know… no alcohol, no meat at dinner, and then, you know, when I buy, go to Payless for shoes. When you don’t buy leather or silk or cashmere everything is much cheaper.
(Alexandra Paul)

The past few years I have really felt the cold, and have been on the search for woolen garments.  I am not too fussed about the condition of them.  Scavenger Style is my signature folly, so the more tattered the better.  And it gives me the opportunity to mend the garments.  This process enables me to make the items of clothing  my own.  I am currently watching The 100 and feeling very on trend.

I prefer to get my cashmere cheap or for free.  The cashmere pullover below is the same colour and style I rescued from the free textiles’ bin at the local charity shop.  It is an Ann Taylor brand.  It was in the free bin because it had lots of holes in it, however it appeared unworn because it was clean, and still had the designer tag attached to the label.

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Prior to tackling the visible mending [inspired by boro and sashiko] the  pullover was placed in a plastic bag in the freezer for 24 hours.  This process kills any moth eggs.  It was then hand washed in cool water and wool wash liquid.  The excess water was squeezed out of the pullover, by wrapping it in a towel.  The pullover was then dried flat.   The instructions stated dry clean only which RUDE Girl totally ignored.  I do not dry clean anything and have not done so for 20 years or more.

Using African waxed cotton fabric [image below], I cut out circles and have handstitched these over the holes.  The holes were stitched closed too.  I was initially going to darn the holes but I decided to add some colour and pattern to the pullover this way instead. 

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Circles cut from this fabric

 

My revamped pullover makes me smile.  It now has a story and is fun to wear.   It makes me happy that I have a piece of clothing that is warm, light and comfortable and it has cost me zilch.  And that I have rescued it from landfill fate, is the best feeling.

NB:  If you have not seen it already, there is a short video on RUDE’S Facebook page @ruderepair, of the pullover with holes,  prior to mending.

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Beat The Man by sourcing your own charity cashmere sweater.  This will help to prevent The Man from trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

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Rest is Best

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I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.

Alexandre Dumas / French Writer

RUDE guys are hibernating for the winter.  We rest at home in the warmth and familiarity of our surroundings.  We potter about with our little make do and mend projects.  We feel wealthy and happy, to have the luxury of peace and time, to think and create.

Today, I said to RUDE Boy that I want to go to my studio to do some slow sewing.  He replied, that I need to get off my computer.  Easier said than done I indicated to him,  as I have OUR blog post to write! 

RUDE Boy then firmly tells me I do NOT have to write a blog post.  I reasoned he was right, and that I did not have a boss who was giving me a deadline for goodness sake!   I told myself that I am RUDE Girl and retired.  I can rest and let it be. 

Therefore I decided to rest and write a blog post about how I have decided not to write a blog post.  You all get it, right?

Should you want to know what we have been reusing and repairing please check out our Facebook page @ruderepair.  I created a couple of videos that have been posted direct to the page.  These videos have not yet been uploaded to my You Tube channel.

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A wedding anniversary perfumed rose for RUDE Girl.  it was freshly picked from the garden by RUDE Boy.  The kitsch orange glass vase was purchased for 50 cents from a TIP SHOP.

RUDE celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on 5 June [photo below].  We had fun hamming it up for the video camera.  It’s a fun and free celebration at home.  You can see our antics on RUDE Girl’s personal timeline here.  We are not shy, and love to share the joy of music and dance. 

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All clothes in this image have been rescued by RUDE from landfill fate.  We have worn Scavenger Style 24/7, for over 6 years

Beat The Man and take a rest at home!