Rubbish Films


RUDE Boy is into Day 7 of our shower recess re-tiling.  We have never DIY tiled before, so it’s a stressful home improvement project for us.  We are both relieved we are not revamping the entire bathroom!  You can view our daily antics over on our Facebook blog @ruderepair

Meanwhile, us RUDE Guys talk rubbish all the time.  We are interested in trash talk and subscribe to various websites and Facebook pages related to the topic.  We administrate our city’s only zero waste blog [that we know of] on Facebook @zerowastemelton

We have watched a couple of documentaries on landfills, and the people that scavenge on them.  And we are waiting to view a couple more in due course.  Please let us know if you have seen this doco titled Something Better to Come.  And if yes, what you thought.


Below, are a few movies we are keen to view.  Let us know if you have watched any of these movies, and what you thought.

WALL-E [2008]

GARBAGE [2013]

TRASH [2014]

You can find more movies about waste here.

Beat The Man and don’t overlook the trash can!

Scavengers’ Secret Business

Danny Sunbury Tip Shop Paint

“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:

Below images from Aussie Tip Shops, Junkyards and Restorers Barns


Trashed Textiles

I remember at the age of five travelling on a trolley car with my mother past a group of women on a picket line at a textile plant, seeing them being viciously beaten by security people. So that kind of thing stayed with me.

Noam Chomsky


RUDE Girl could not agree more with Dorothy Cosonas .  When I go down to the point of landfill to rescue textiles, destined for the garment graveyard, my eyes are seriously focused on the pile of clothes and fabrics in front of me.


Textiles in a TIP SHOP at point of landfill

I have like a sixth sense for what it is I am seeking, among the mostly fast fashion synthetics.  I scourer for natural fibre fabric, unusual print, different texture, interesting colours, country of origin, brand, quality stitching and unique design.  I will not overlook tired synthetics totally, and have picked up clothes for around the house and garden. 

I am really pleased that most of the textiles I rescue, are not of interest to other pickers.  If they were, then I would definitely not find them to rescue.  These would have been snatched up by other pickers, right?

Photos above:  Place mouse over each photo and click to get details.

I usually do not know at the time what I will be reusing the rescued garments for.  The inspiration comes during the sorting and washing process at home.  Or at a later time when I am in my studio creating.  It’s reassuring to know I have a stash of rescued garments that I can immediately revisit for reuse.

The challenge I find, is keeping this stash of garments under manageable control.  Because I make just for myself,  I find I can only wear so much that I re-create.  Once or twice a year I have an audit and decide what is to be given to to friends or donated to charity.

Beat The ‘fast fashion’ Man by wearing trashed textiles that have been rescued and revamped.

RUDE Girl’s Pretty Petticoats


From the 1960s TV sitcom Petticoat Junction

Many an irish property was increased by the lace of a daughter’s petticoat ~ Proverb

RUDE girl recently had a post come into her Facebook news feed with photo of a pretty blue petticoat.  The caption read, Who remembers this?

I remember shopping in the 1970s for my first bras and petticoats to match.  Three of each in pretty pastel colours.  I have always had a petticoat or two in my wardrobe.  A couple of half slips in my lingerie drawer.  And my vintage tulle petticoats on a clothes rack in the spare room.

In the last decade since rescuing clothing from landfill fate, I have managed to save petticoats as well.  All have been my size just different lengths.  Most are made in Australia. 

And yes, I wear petticoats with dresses, half slips with skirts and tulle petticoats for fancy dress parties or with after-five frocks.

I have curated an on-line blog post exhibition of my petticoats below.  And here is the link to my most popular YouTube video featuring my tulle petticoats and a little story about them.  Enjoy!


A1 White Nylon Petticoat


A1 White nylon petticoat ~ lace top half


A2 Vintage pink petticoat


A2 Top section of vintage pink petticoat


A2 Bottom of vintage pink petticoat


A3 Target brand vintage petticoat [maxi] made in Australia.


A3 Top section of vintage Target petticoat


A4 Designer Fleur Wood petticoat [or nightslip] $1 AUD in a charity shop


A5 Chelsea design made in Australia maxi black petticoat


A6 Petticoat [nightslip]


A6 Top section


A7 Chocolate brown and pale pink lace petticoat which is a favourite to wear.


A8 Pale pink nylon petticoat with lace detail.


A8 This petticoat looks like it has been handmade or similar [not mass-produced]


A8 Bottom section with lace detailing


A9 White nylon petticoat with lace detailing.


A9 Top section of petticoat


A9 Bottom section of petticoat


A10 This petticoat is my all time fav and I wear it the most. It was bought years ago from a charity shop [yes, I remember which shop too!]. It may have cost $3 or $4 AUD back then but it has been well worth the few dollars spent.


A10 Lace top section


A10 Lace on bottom section


A11 Long sleeved stretch lace petticoat

Dilly ‘Bag Lady’


Traditional aboriginal dillybags

Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.

William Butler Yeats

I am a gypsy. I havent’ had a home for a long time. Call me a homeless person – I just throw everything in a bag and I’m good to go.

Taylor Kinney


My first ever Denim Dillybag that sold the very moment it was displayed. Made from jeans donated by Patrick from Melton Sustainable Living Group.

Sometime ago, RUDE Girl attended a local festival to showcase refashioning.  I had made a few items to sell.  And what sold first up, as I was putting it out for display, was a denim dillybag that I had made from recycled jeans.  The lovely lady jumped on it because it was unique and cheaply priced.  I knew at that moment that I had under priced the bag.  What I did determine however,  was that if I ever wanted to sell this style of bag again, I could definitely charge double the price.

I was really pleased this lovely lady was happy and that she was walking around the festival with it strapped across her body [photo above]

I think I first came across the word dillybag when my mother made a version of one for me.  It was a little drawstring bag.  It was to hold my handkerchief and maybe a lipstick.  I was going out to an evening gathering at a school friend’s place.  Unfortunately, I was totally overdressed in a homemade long evening dress, matching dillybag and long velvet cape with a hood!  I was very embarrassed, as it was a very casual family get together. 

As a result of this experience you can probably understand why I am no longer a overdresser, preferring the far left of the fashion style spectrum.  It’s scavenger style all the way for me these days.  However, I can come across as under dressed these days.  That’s fine by me.

Therefore as a result of this scarring teenage experience, I have never forgotten about dillybags because I felt like such a dill.  I did learn never again to trust my mother and her friend’s fashion sense.

I have recently made two more dillybags.  I made them for a couple of lovely Facebook friends on my closed [not accepting more members at the current time] group Bowerbirds Journal.


Julianne’s Dillybag made from a pair of recycled size 5 toddler’s jeans. Lined with recycled retro fabric from a house coat rescued from landfill. Recycled strap and hand crocheted hearts.


Maretta’s Dillybag made from recycled men’s jeans donated by Patrick from Melton Sustainable Living Group. Lined with a vintage linen tea towel printed with the Australian flag. Hand crocheted flowers and recycled strap from a vintage skirt. Fringing from roman blinds dumped at landfill.

This video was created for Maretta as a gift to accompany her denim dillybag.

Beat The Man, and like Patrick, from the local sustainable living group, donate your jeans within your own community.  Give to local artisans and make your donations more visually meaningful.

Scrap Woollen Quilt


RUDE Girl was not well for a couple of days this week.  And when you do on-line volunteering you are snowed under when you get back to the computer.  That’s my excuse for this Friday’s late blog post.

A follower of Rude Record’s blog posted a lovely article this week from Linda Holliday in Missouri.  Linda writes poignantly about her mother’s quilting with scrap fabric and old clothes.  I related very much when Linda highlighted that she had made a quilt from new polyester fabric but somehow it did not quite have the homely feel and character as her mother’s quilts.  It’s a reason that I too left behind sewing with new fabric in the late 1980s.

You can read Linda’s article here.

Reading her beautiful story took me back to the middle of last year 2014, when I started planning a quilt for my daughter Rebecca and her partner Danny.  Of course, it goes without saying that recycled fabric was going to be used.  My choice of fabric was wool for warmth because this throw rug was going to be taken to winter football games.

However, the recycled wool fabric had to be sourced as it was discovered.  This took a couple of months but it was well worth the search.  It makes for an interesting story as presented in the video below.  This video is a shortened version that was made to accompany the gift.  I have made it especially for this blog post.

You can also read more about the making of this quilt in a previous blog post at this link below.

Beat The Man and use up your scraps, be it food or fabric!

A Few Favourite Things

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.

Eli Khamarov


A favourite children’s book rescued from landfill. Was originally a library book.

This Friday’s blog post is going to arrive late, and a bit wanting.  It is 7.30 pm in Melbourne, Australia and RUDE has been unexpectedly distracted.  And like the quote above when there are no expectations wonderful things do happen.

Firstly before we share what we have been doing, I want to let you know that in last week’s blog post I was not really crying at the funeral of our old oven.  It was staged for the first owners of the house.  They had built the house, and were very kind to us when we bought it off them.  We send them details of what is happening to their old home once or twice a year.

Anyway back to what unexpectedly distracted us this afternoon.  RUDE went down to our recycling facility’s Tip Shop.  We go about once a week these days.  The place is overrun with market traders and on-line sellers who are ruthless.  We are only interested in things for our personal use.  We prefer to scavenge around when it is quiet, and today it was because it has been very cold in Melbourne.

We had a great score today with six contemporary style dining room chairs in very good condition.  I also managed to pick up a big bag of garments for refashion.  We scored a working toaster, a brand new kettle, a 1976 sewing book by Woman’s Day, a small bedside chest of drawers and some other bits and bobs.

Of course when we got all these things home there was work involved.  Clothes have to be soaked overnight.  The chairs had to be vacuumed and wiped down.  And the bedside table had to be cleaned and positioned for immediate service.

It was then dinner time and my blog post had not been given any thought, other than I must write it.  This week we will share just a few things that we have scored for next to nothing but have used over and over again.  It’s a good example of what people throw away.  And what other people, like us, make very good use of. 


A compressor rescued from landfill. It was working but had a broken air gauge. RUDE boy repaired it and the gauge is working now.


Water pressure unit for all sorts of cleaning jobs around the house. Rescued from landfill. It did not work. RUDE Boy replaced the power lead and it works now, yey!


RUDE’S three favourite knives.

The knives come from various places.  The top knife is amazingly sharp and was made in Portugal.  it’s great for cutting and slicing meat.  It cost $1.00 at a little charity shop in rural Victoria.

The middle knife is serrated and is great for slicing tomatoes.  It cost $0.00 and was found in the rubbish bin at the Tip Shop.

The bottom knife is a gem, and we have never been able to find this brand of knife in the shops or online from memory.  It is made in Italy, and is an all-purpose knife that cuts a treat.  It probably cost 50 cents in a charity shop many years ago.  It has never needed to be sharpened.

There was absolutely every expectation these knives were blunt when they were taken home by us.  All three have exceeded expectation, and have bought such joy to the task of food preparation. 

I will be showing in a future blog post our new chairs but I will share the very dirty toaster we bought it for $1.00.  We only ever pay that much for this type of electrical item as again we expect it not to be working.


Very dirty Ronson brand crumpets and bread toaster. RUDE Boy has it on the sink for testing and cleaning.


Orange handbag bag with chocolate-brown handles. Brand unknown. Not leather but loved the colour and shape.

Beat The Man by not expecting too much.  Anything over and above can turn out to be the best thing!