Thrifty Tinker

Tinker, as the dictionary states, is a rough and ready worker who is in for a spell of tinkering. That’s my Danny! I like to encourage him to get all this detritus that others have discarded and oftentimes dumped. Why? It saves money for sure, but more importantly for us, it’s like a fun game of Beat the Man. And you get to feel kind of smug about doing it.

Danny also continues to learn new and better ways of repair and maintenance by researching on Youtube. He then applies the lessons learnt from such a wonderful and generous cyber community of tinkers, to the actual object at hand.

By watching and sometimes helping, I get to learn all sorts of interesting things too. My creativity is fuelled when I make the videos. These by the way are motivational and are not intended for exact instruction. There are a lot of people who do the How To videos very well, and we do not want to traipse over their turf. I will let you in on a little secret, we don’t know what we are doing, but do really – not a very good approach for step by step instructional videos.

We hope that our antics simply bring a smile to your face and motivate you to look at your stuff in a different way. This video features Danny repairing a line trimmer, but that is not our intended main aim. We want to spread the message that planned obsolescence does not have to be accepted. Repair rebels unite, to stick it to the man, whatever you decide to have a go at and fix!

RUDE and the School of Thrift

We are thrilled to be invited to contribute to the School of Thrift at Lingfield Point, Darlington in the UK. We are the first contributors from Australia.

Last year I was interested to follow on Facebook the first ever Festival of Thrift, as organisers planned its reality at Lingfield Point in Darlington.

The first festival was a great success. It is now known as the National Festival of Thrift and it will be held annually.


Mend and Make Do and Upcycle Too

Well, Rude Record is back after a hiatus. We were busy after Christmas with travel and projects. Danny had 6 weeks off and we went down the coast for a little break away from the big smoke. Whilst away we were always scouting around charity shops and skip bins for anything useful.

On return from our holiday in late January, we prepared for a community sustainability festival. The brief given to us by the local municipality revolved around upcycling clothes and materials. Danny also presented some basic electrical DIY such as rewiring a lamp.

The festival was great fun and there was much interest in what we do and how we live our life. What struck us most was the number of women who said they would never be able to think of creating something different from something else, especially discarded objects or materials.