In the last decade or so, recycling, and the green movement, have gained in popularity. One would think this to be a novel idea. In reality these practices have been used since the beginning of time.
Many in my generation have raised our families using hand me downs, shopping garage sales, thrift stores and auctions. We know the pitfalls of mass production, the value in finding well crafted pieces, and one of a kind finds.
I remember my mom making over her dresses for us girls so that we would have a “new dress” for a special occasion. She and my grandmothers would also sew us dresses and school clothes. My grandmothers had bags of remnants from the sewing that they saved. They would make patchwork quilts for us grandchildren, and also for our children.
When we received the quilts, we would be told would where each quilt patch came from. I still have those quilts to this day, and they will be handed down to my sons. I also have unused patchwork sections, from grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, matted as works of art, and to remember them by.
I have endless memories of my experiences shopping off-retail, from a very young age. The memories of these experiences will last a lifetime!
Those that believe reusing is a new fad, or is something brought back in vogue, by a generation that now cares about the environment, well, nothing could be farther from the truth. To assume that we are a society of careless consumerism is untrue. From clothes, furniture, household goods, building materials, magnificent jewelry, used cars, etc., recycling has always existed, is the way of life for many.
The only thing that tends to make its way to the landfill– is trash. Rightly so!