I thought I’d end this year by talking about my favorite place - the freebie barn!
The freebie barn, swap shop, transfer station, call it what you will, it’s a fabulous resource!
Granted, not all transfer stations allow ‘shopping’, and that’s a shame. Mine does and I call it the ‘freebie barn’, though the sign on the outside calls it, the ‘swap shop’…
Why not set aside a space for residents to drop off unwanted – but good stuff – for others to use…instead of trucking it away, to be dumped into a large hole in the ground (planet earth), to only eventually leach out into everything…? Why not invest in a ‘swap shop’ area?
Wouldn’t a space such as this help a town save on expenditures for removal of said stuff? All the while allowing residents to utilize perfectly good stuff someone else simply tired of – thus, maximizing the re-use of already consumed goods, which in turn minimizes consumerism? Which, ultimately, lessens our impact on the world around us?
I realize a resource such as this improves things ever so slightly, yet, it’s a step in the right direction…how can anyone disagree with that?
Every piece of ‘junk’ removed by another resident (recycled) vs. an outsourced company, is so much better for everyone…why not have an area designated for this?
Finn and I visit our transfer station once a week (at minimum). It’s the place we take our trash and recyclables as well our time to visit the ‘Swap Trailer.’ I love this place.
I’ve picked up such cool stuff here.
And not only is everything being recycled, it’s also free. Free and recycled. What a fun combination!
I also realize not everyone shares my sentiment about re-using, and that’s ok. Everyone’s different. If you don’t want to ‘pick’, don’t. But do drop off your good stuff, versus just chucking it in the trash. Don’t have a local transfer station, why not consider donating?
I’ve shared photos of things that I’ve found over the years, though I’ve never shown the space in which I find my treasures…it’s quite the place…Here’s one of the signs viewed upon entering.
And here, is another…
The swap shop is a trailer. A tractor trailer, an 18 wheeler kind of trailer, but on the ground.
One end is open, with double doors. Each door proclaiming a sign…that’s the entrance.
Various shelving is found along the two long walls…
And things are piled in, around, and on these shelves…clothing, shoes, utensils, ice skates, skis, furniture, toys, books, candle stick holders, glassware, dishes, books, small appliances, instruments, picture frames, baskets, cameras, rugs, framed prints, tools, lamps, curtains, baking pans, gardening tools, boots, antiques, mirrors – are a few of the things one might find on any given day…the list is endless – seriously.
I have found SO many great things here!
Granted, some things really should be trashed, like the badly chipped vase viewed in the photo above…though, that’s my opinion…I guess someone could argue it’s still usable – I wouldn’t use it, but that’s my opinion… who’s to say what’s trash and what isn’t?
One man’s trash is another’s treasure!
You just never know what you might find…
Below are a few more recent acquisitions…love ‘em, especially the metal ice cube trays…and the vintage pyrex mixing bowls!
I wish I could have taken this (imagine it, cleaned, painted and with new hardware) from the outdoor covered area – too bad I had no where to store it! What a sideboard it could have made!!
Do you like to recycle and go ‘junking’? If so, I’d love to hear from you!
All the best to everyone in 2014, may it be a prosperous and peaceful year for all!
Happy New Year!