Extreme thrift and a nice blanket

Extreme thrift and a nice blanket

Sorry about the silence over the last week, but it’s Hippie Christmas here in Madison and I’ve been a tad busy with the festivities. For the uninitiated, Hippie Christmas happens every mid-August around the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. That’s when most of the student rental contracts turn over, and kids who didn’t have the time or foresight to empty their apartments ahead of time dump their unwanted belongings on the curb for the garbage collectors—or whoever gets there first.

Free clothes and fun at the clothing swap

I went to a clothing swap today hosted by my friend Enid. She had a great set-up, posting little labels on the wall to keep the different categories of clothing organized. Below you can see the stacked sweater, pant, and shirt piles.  This is what the piles looked like after we’d rifled through them.And finally, the T-shirt pile. I  brought … Read more

Upcycling 101: The Annual Garbage Gleaning

Upcycling 101: The Annual Garbage Gleaning

It’s that time of year again, when consumer goods grow on the curb and around dumpsters as if by magic, all sitting there just ripe for the picking. In other words: the leases downtown are almost up, university students suddenly realize they have no desire to move all their crap with them, and they end up throwing perfectly good stuff out as trash: … Read more