Saturday, August 14, 2010

reverse finds

If you've visited my blog before, you'll know that I like op-shopping. I like op-shopping because I can give a new home and "life" to discarded things. In my eyes, I'm giving them a chance to fulfill their potential.

Unfortunately, my home is already pretty full of neglected things, sitting under beds or in cupboards, no longer fulfilling their potential.

So, I've decided to try something new - I'm calling it "reverse finds" (referencing one of my favourite memes, "fleamarket finds"). Every month, I will find a new home for something I no longer need. I will photograph it and blog about it and I will feel so good about doing it that I will keep on going until our home is... well, slightly less cluttered (with of course, more space for new finds!).

It seems appropriate, in the spirit of getting rid of excess baggage, that my first reverse find is luggage.

This is the first travel pack I bought - for my second overseas adventure (on the first trip I borrowed one from a friend).

It has served me well on a few big trips (including a year long European adventure with the man I later married - here we all are in Sicily!), and a good few trips "home" from my adopted city of Melbourne to South Australia.

But lately, it has sat under the bed inside a big plastic bag that protected it from dust. I tried it as underbed storage, but it just didn't work. I've also decided that if I do go backpacking again I will need to upgrade to a super-fancy ergonomic number.

So now, this bag is heading to a big family friendly op shop in the hope that someone new will take it on a new adventure. Bon voyage!

I'll be back again next month with another reverse find. Does anyone want to join me? I promise to cheer you on too! We can declutter together!

Let me know, and if there's interest, I'll learn how to set up one of those linky widgety things for next month (the Second Saturday of September has a very nice ring to it, don't you think?).


Naomi said...

I'd love to join your reverse finds meme, I think it's a great idea!

Kate said...

I love it!
It is such a great and clever concept.
I'm sure the backback has lots more adventures in it.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

I think I'm going to play ... even if it encourages me to clean out my wardrobe and donate I'm in. (And the linky widget things are way too easy. You'll love them).