South Shore Bargaineer

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Benefits of Re-using Items

Re-using older items is a great idea. It saves them from the landfill and repurposes the item. There are benefits to re-using items.

  • Helps the environment
  • Fun to be creative
  • Generates local commerce
  • Saves landfill space
  • Preserves natural resources

It is fun to spend time with your family repurposing old items into something amazing. Creating your own games or decorations for an upcoming wedding. Likewise, it is fun to reuse items that still have a lot of life. An old radio, dictionaries, towels, etc. There are many ways to reuse or repurpose old items.

Reuse to Reduce Waste

The average American tosses 4.4 pounds of trash every single day. It may not seem all that astonishing on the surface, but with 323.7 million people living in the United States, that is roughly 728,000 tons of daily garbage – enough to fill 63,000 garbage trucks.

That is 22 billion plastic bottles every year. Enough office paper to construct a 12-foot-high wall from Los Angeles to Manhattan. It is 300 laps around the equator in paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons. It is 500 disposable cups per average American worker – cups that will still be sitting in the landfill five centuries from now.

Approximately half of the 254 million tons of yearly waste will meet its fate in one of the more than 2,000 active landfills across the country – and you probably live, work or socialize closer to one than you may think.

Some Repurposing Ideas

Are you a beginner gardener? Then you might still be in the dark about how much sunlight your plants need. Don’t worry! If you make your own mobile garden, then you can move it around to find the perfect sun/shade ration. All you have to do is attach wheels to some galvanized metal trash cans, and then fill them with your favorite plants and flowers.

To create the most beautiful upcycled items, you need to see the beauty even in the old, damaged pieces of furniture. If you have a cabinet laying around that you don’t know what to do with (or you find one at a flea market), repurpose it as a charming bathroom vanity.

You can find so many new purposes for old shutters! They can even add visual height to your small bedroom. Just place the tall wooden shutters behind your bed in the manner of a headboard. If you’re looking for a coastal, cottage look, some fresh, light paint will do wonders. For an even more exciting look, alternate the colors of each shutter.

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South Shore Bargaineer

The South Shore’s newest thrift store, South Shore Bargaineer is located in Hanson, Massachusetts. South Shore Bargaineer provides quality resale items to the region. Clothing, gifts, jewelry, picture frames and much more. Most sales are online. We do hold monthly in-store shopping. Please check for our next in-store event.

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