Scavenger Shopping


RUDE knows that you have to break the rules if you want to stick it to The Man


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 Boy and RUDE Girl had light bulb moments years ago to play the game Beat 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?


Michelle's wedding 13 Dec 2014

TOTALLY TIP TOP in swanky Sorento, Victoria


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.


The Man never frightened RUDE Girl.  In fact she was hell bent on ignoring his inappropriate advice

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! 


RUDE does not go to the mall even for the sales!

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!







8 thoughts on “Scavenger Shopping

  1. I admire your way & your dedication. ❤️❤️❤️ I wanted to be in fashion (as a designer) since I was really young. I finally took a leap at 30 & enrolled into fashion design studies. … I graduated at the top of the class – but that brought me the knowledge of what it really means to be in a fashion business ; and I don’t want to be involved with it!! 😕

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    • Hello Dovile, really lovely to get your message with admiration of our RUDE way and yes, the dedication we employ to keep sharing it.

      Thank you for sharing a little bit of your story. Why? because I recently thought of doing a FD Course. I decided against it for the very reason you have posted about. And I really like that my sewing days, out of necessity, have come to an end. I like to play and not follow so many rules. Once again, thank you for sharing 🙂


  2. I love your commitment to your lifestyle, and your are right , there is certainly a trend towards this way of thinking, maybe it will pass by or hopefully it will encourage more people to purchase with thought!
    Whatever happens you both look splendid in your thrifted outfits.
    Hope you continue to enjoy your lifestyle!

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    • Hi Linda, always good to get your take on our posts. I agree, that more and more people are thinking about reuse and recycling, it’s just the at RUDE we are extreme [in a fun way for us] in our approach.

      We read about many bloggers doing the year long project in a similar vain but ours is definitely an ongoing lifestyle. And we do enjoy playing the game Beat the Man. We even have our friends using the term now!

      Thank you for commenting that we look fab in our outfits. We felt pretty chuffed that we looked as good as any wedding guest there, knowing that all up, both our outfits, including accessories and shoes cost under $20.

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      • I can tell from reading your posts that you have fun with it and enjoy the challenges of the chose lifestyle.
        I’m sure it was great fun finding all the pieces of the outfits.
        What I like about the refashioning that I do for me is that I don’t have to be careful about what I wear and when, since most of it is cheaply sourced, and I can wear original pieces.

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    • Thank you Vee for your lovely compliment. It’s such a good feeling to inspire, and be inspired by like-minded souls, such as you and your partner. Our like-minded community is growing!


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