Thrifty Thursday – noun
Pronounced: Thrifty |ˈθriftē| Thursday |ˈθərzˌdā; -dē|
1. A day to which posts based on thriftiness are uploaded for your viewing pleasure, be it op-shop discoveries, crafty projects or yummy new recipes…
Oh wow, hasn’t it been a long time since I posted about thriftiness?? I soverymuchly wanted to post this yesterday (the <em>real</em> Thursday), but I was feeling quite unwell. So Dana set me up on the couch with some water, a blankie and a Bill Murray movie before he left for uni. And he banned me from ‘doing photos’. Fair enough. Plus, within about an hour of him leaving, I was fast asleep in a ball.
That’s not to say that I haven’t actually been thrifty though. I have gone on almost daily bike rides to places instead of driving, gone shopping in thrift stores multiple times per week for the past 6 months or so, and given haircuts to my friends and family.
I am very excited today. I am excited to the bone. I am so excited I have been doing a little hoppy dance around the house all morning (and yes, I am feeling much better).
This brochure is why I am so excited:
We received it in our letter box a couple of weeks ago, and since then, I have felt completely and utterly squeamishly excited.
I love hard rubbish, or recycled furniture, or scavenging, or kerbsite collections, or whatever you like to call them.
“Ohai, I am 70 years old and my husband and I no longer want all this awesome 1960’s furniture and home decor, and our grandson is lazy and won’t help us take it do donate to the Salvation Army. Oh, I know, let’s just leave it out for kerbside collection! Lucky we got this brochure in the mail!!”
Anyway, I am banking on the fact that because Adelaide has a relatively ageing population, there might be one or two kerbside scenarios akin to this one??
SO, needless to say, I have been working on a list of things to look out for in the neighbourhood this weekend.
Perhaps one day, I will post about all of the cool things we have found in hard rubbish over the years. A large percentage of our furniture has been found (and appreciated) as treasure on the side of the road.
One year, back when we lived in Brisbane, Dana and I found a Juice dispenser moulded to the shape of former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke’s face! Now, if that’s not a golden win, then I don’t know what is! Needless to say, that red chipped paint in the background of the photos above is the top of a cool cabinet my sister and I found near our house on the side of the road.
One of the things listed is garden supplies. I’m looking for pots, tyres, buckets, metal drums, fence railing, etc etc, and any thing that might come in handy in building my new veggie garden.
I have been faffing on and on about making a new garden, but here’s some of my plans:
I was given some beautiful gardening books for my birthday, which I have found to be completely, essentially helpful to me. I have absolutely no freaking idea about how to start my garden, and to be honest, I even feel a little bit nervous about it! Which is silly, I know.
I have been reading, One Magic Square by Lolo Houbein and Grow Vegetables by Alan Buckingham.
But, I am feeling much better about it all now. I (and every other poor sucker in my family) have been collecting toilet paper rolls so I can start sprouting some seeds before planting them, and it is all getting a little bit exciting really.
I just cannot wait for the day that I can prepare a fresh meal from ingredients that I have lovingly grown myself!
Do you garden? Have you ever grown your own vegetables or fruit or herbs?
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