From the movie School of Rock [on sticking it to “The Man”]
Yes! But, you can’t just say it, man. You’ve gotta feel it in your blood and guts! If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at the man!
RUDE [Reusers of Unloved Discarded Excess] have been living off the junk of others from TIP SHOPS [shops in sheds at landfills or adjacent to landfills] for over 6 years. It has been our mission to showcase and share, to any person who may be interested, what can be reused and repaired to save the planet, hip pocket and encourage creativity and resilience.
We share our frugal lifestyle most days on Facebook at Rude Record and weekly here on our WordPress blog.
We commenced ‘shopping’ at TIP SHOPS as soon as OP SHOPS [charity and thrift stores] started to go the way of small retail businesses on the high street. We found that the days of rummaging around in a dusty and musty OP SHOPS was all but over.
We are now sadly finding, that TIP SHOPS are going the way of OP SHOPS, and are cleaning, organising and sorting the stuff that is dropped off. We are glad we found TIP SHOPS six years ago, before the rush by others, including traders, to ‘discover’ them all over again, albeit in a made-over OP SHOP sort of way.
People often ask us about our scavenger ways, and are curious to know why we live the way we do. Our lifestyle is definitely not mainstream, and we make some confronting, oftentimes unspoken statements by our actions [photo below taken at a wedding]. We choose to live this scavenger lifestyle but it is not out of financial necessity. So, why do we choose to reuse and repair stuff, when we can afford to go to the mall and buy brand new items?
Basically, it boils down to strong competitive drives to Beat The Man, and our rebellious streaks to break the rules, associated with buying stuff and services. Many have asked what does that all mean. For us, The Man is symbolic of those in power, with a mission to make the masses consume, so that The Man gets richer at the expense of the majority.
For RUDE, the way we stick it to The Man, is not to consume by shopping at the mall or purchasing services that we feel are a waste of our time and money. It’s an easy and simple way to be an anti-consumer activist, and should not involve getting arrested!
However, we agree that shopping for stuff can be fun. It’s great to get something new for the house or to wear. We ‘shop’ and we ‘buy’ for these reasons, like most people do. It’s just that while the masses mall it, we trek to the TIP SHOPS and buy ‘new to us’ stuff, not brand new stuff. Although, saying that we have oftentimes found brand new things at these TIP SHOPS, usually after Christmas.
Here’s a good article if you want to know more about TIP SHOPS. It inspired RUDE’S blog post today.
Go Beat The Man, but to give it a decent try, you have to feel it in your blood and guts! And you will definitely feel freedom if you break free of The Man’s shopping rules. Go visit a TIP SHOP for fun!