Do not throw things away! There is no away!

My wise old grandmother

My wise old grandmother was the champion of re-purposing. She regularly tell us not to throw something away before she had a chance to examine it. Her motto: “Do not throw things away! There is no away!”

Tin cans became holders for pins, needles, bobby pins, paper clips, buttons, spools of thread. Glass jars, too.

Anything that needed refrigeration came in Mason jars. Once those jars were empty, granddad would drill two holes in the lid, attach it to the underside of a shelf in the garage using two screws, and then screw the jar onto the lid. His jars contained nails, screws of every shape and size, washers and nuts to fit all those screws, bolts, wire….

Re-purposing didn’t end with the small stuff. One weekend granddad replaced the bathroom toilet and bathtub with modern ones. Both the toilet and the old claw-foot bathtub got re-purposed as outdoor container gardens.

Recently I was walking around an older San Diego neighborhood when I came across a re-purposed claw-foot bathtub, just like my wise old grandmother would have done it:

Re-purposed claw-foot bathtub

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34 thoughts on “Do not throw things away! There is no away!

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      LOL. But my wise old grandmother would have a garage sale every six months because even though she never threw things away, she also believed that “If I haven’t used it in six months, maybe someone else can.” The whole city looked forward to her garage sales.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      In my early years I had some dumpster dive finds but then I moved to San Diego. There are several problems with that tactic here: (1) Dumpsters are locked except on trash pickup day, (2) Stuff is thrown into canyons and alleys so they don’t have to pay for a dumpster or pay the trash disposal fee for large items like beds, desks, dressers, etc. (3) Anything that was good enough for a dumpster dive find in Texas is simply taken to Goodwill or Salvation Army, and they put a price tag on it.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      It certainly saved a lot of money back in those days since almost all fruits and vegetables came in Mason jars. The last time I saw a Mason jar was at a specialty store a few days ago. They wanted $4.99 for an 8-oz Mason jar. I passed.

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