It can be seen in many so called civilised countries that lots of people do not know or want to see the value of things. Old furniture or old handwork has no value any more. If you want to get rid of furniture more than 150 years old or less you have to pay for getting it out of the house.
In Belgium and Holland we can find lesser second hand shops than in the 1980ies, but there are still initiatives like “Split” and workshop places were old things are restored and offered at a cheap price so that they can have an other life. Though still too much comes into the incinerator or adds to the garbage mountain or dumping ground.
The writer of One person’s trash… who calls herself a Swedish-speaking Finn with a big heart and a love for writing, asks if we are just lazy or if we don’t care? I think too many people are so overindulged they do not value the treasures of this earth nor the things they are able to have while others have not such an opportunity.
Parents and educators should open the eyes of those pampered children and the state should make those coddled more aware of the necessity to use all things right.
Lots have so much material things that they have totally lost their value, because they did not learn the value of it.
…another person’s treasures.
You’d be amazed by what kind of things people throw away in this country. Perfectly usable things, often without a single scratch or easily repaired. The things in the picture above are some of what we have found standing in the recycling-area in our block lately. We found two identical small shelves that needed some re-painting, but now serve as our night-tables. The cute heart-shaped bowls are perfectly fine, and the glass one just has some minor scratches. Except the things in the picture we have found small storage boxes, a bag, a big vase etc. Not to mention all the things we’ve seen but not taken, since we just don’t have space, or use, for them.
All of this just lying around in the recycle area, considered trash by someone else. I love finding these things – even though I don’t dig around in containers looking…
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