What is the first thing you do when the peanuts are gone and is time to purchase more? You dump the container in the recycle trash bin and by doing so, even though is just one container, you and millions more contribute to overload our land fields.
Well, yes, I hear you, you can’t keep everything at home, I understand, me neither. My point is to look at possible item potential before discarding anything like this.
I came up with a re-use for this containers accidentally. I was going on a road trip and my peanuts where about to run out. I needed to bring some snacks, since we were leaving at 3:00 am and there aren’t that many grocery stores open at that time. Therefore, I looked in my pantry and saw my favorite snack, Chocolate and Multi-Grain Gluten Free Cheerios. So quickly, I empty the peanuts container, washed it, dried it and filled it with Cheerios. Boom!
Believe me, what a good idea. My Cheerios were fresh for the whole trip and while travelling, other ideas came to my mind. I thought, maybe I can use these jars for something else and I sure did.
I was looking for a small desk for the master bedroom and it was crucial to match my room décor. After several trips to furniture stores my frustration began to grow. Then, I stopped at a nonprofit thrift store and found one with great potential, based upon size. Despite the fact that it was ugly enough to fit in any work place, I took a chance and purchased it anyway. Little did my husband knew what I was bringing home for him to get busy and make it pretty, :-).
As always, I knew exactly what I wanted, and my husband had the skills to change it. I love it now and the total cost of the purchase and makeover was $28.00 not bad at all.
As you may know by now, my love for yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores is real. It is such a feeling, a bargain, a chance to be creative and an opportunity to contribute to give items second and third lives instead of throwing everything away.
Again, I encourage you to find pieces with potential such as furniture, picture frames, flower pots, lamps, or look around your home, there is so much stuff out there to play with, transform, recycle, repurpose and/or salvage. It is such an awesome feeling.
What I needed to do to transform this desk:
Total cost of this project: ($20. Second hand desk, + $8.00 materials) = $28.00
(Compared to Staples’ Monarch Specialties, model 1 709 31, Dark Taupe: $123.49 + 8.64 tax = $132.13)
ABOUT THE Author
I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.