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  • What is your best skip or scavenge find?

    I think that as crafters and artistic folk, we tend to hoard and store away things that might be useful.
    I for one cannot walk past a skip with out looking in and hoping that there will be some treasure waiting for me!
    My best finds have been:
    a rocking horse (as detailed in anothe thread)
    fitments from an old tabaconists that was being gutted.
    a chair
    a bike
    Now maybe I got this wrong and now you all think "what a dirty girl" Don't hold it against me... I just can't help it and my DH is thoroughly ashamed of my behavior.... (still loves me though!)
    So come on.... what have you lot found?
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    Im just the same your not alone got loads of good bits over the years,i think the best one was when i was walking along brigton sea front there was a huge skip outside this lovily big house they were clearing out my bags were full but heavy as i found a stone like cherub that stands pride of place by my fish pond my son walked away way in front down the prom lol.
    Mollymandy

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    • #3
      I don't think yo are a dirty girl at all!! My dad is a dustman and we always got loads of stuff that people just threw away - Levi's, videos, a watch that my dad got valued at £300!! I love scavenging around for stuff - coloured plastic bottles off the street is my thing!! I probably look like one of those mad women that you see around!!
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      • #4
        i am soo glad i'm not the only one and my hubby is just as bad as me! (his mum is a crafter too and i think some crafty habbits have rubbed off on him!)

        i haven't really found anything too interesting in a skip but you should see whats in shop bins (now who's the one that shounds bad!) we found a load of kids light things (look like a snowglobe on a handle and push the button and the lights spin around i hope you know what i mean) my son loves them and has had them for years now!

        and loads of christmas decs in the skip at the homebase i used to work in we now have enough to decorate three homes baubles coming out of our earholes!

        and i keep me junk mail to for use with my punches. i am going to need a bigger flat soon!!!
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        • #5
          Ooops I think I accidently started a similiar thread- maybe someone could delete it?

          I salvaged a stack of coffee tables from a skip that now take pride of place in my lounge. I felt a bit cheeky doing it- i think it's one of those guilty pleasures! But I rubbed them down, stripped them, painted them and also embellished the legs with painted climbing ivy.

          This is a very inspiring trhead, although worryingly it makes me want to go and rummage in a skip.

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          • #6
            I must admit that when I walked up to nursery this morning I was looking around for skips to rummage in!!
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            • #7
              I know what you mean! Whenever I browse these forums I just find myself itching to go out and renovate something or tidy up my collection and make something new. I got some fab beads from a charity shop at the weekend but I am horrified to discover I am currently suffering from Beaders Block! I keep getting all my stuff out staring at it for ages and then putting it away, not knowing what to make!!! I hope I can shake this off soon, I'm wasting valuable time here!

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              • #8
                Scavenging

                Dear all

                I work for a magazine called the London Review of Books and am researching a piece on rubbish, what happens to it, the different ways people use it etc. I'd love to interview one of you about your scavenging forays, would make a nice bit of fun for an otherwise rather serious piece.

                If anyone's available, please email me on [email protected]

                Best wishes

                Abbie (Fielding-Smith)

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                • #9
                  Oooooh - fame!!! Count me in - I'll email you later!
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                  • #10
                    I don't scavenge myself, but my dad seems to be an expert at it. So far he has scavenged a desk, filing cabinet and carpet for my house and a nice piece of mahogany that he made a bookend with (and still has loads of it left!). I think he makes a hobby of scavenging at work.
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                    • #11
                      It's great! Hubby nearly died the other day when I asked a couple if they had finished with their brightly coloured juice bottle and please could I have it!! They said yes but looked at me strangely!!
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