Monday, 27 October 2008

BootyFull


It's been a busy few days in the MarmaladeKiss household, I wont bore you with the details but suffice to say that last week Jimmy was suspended from school for a day and so a severe "emergency rehabilitation" programme has been imposed and he's been grounded for the whole of half term (this has changed my plans for the next few days somewhat!).

Previous to the newly established "boot camp" however, whilst blogging around, I had discovered the very talented Pink Feather Paradise and her post on "scrapstore". Have a look, she provides a full explanation. I couldn't quite believe the wonder of the concept of it, but immediately googled to see if there was one by me, and hurrah!! THERE IS!!

Friend R does a panto every year for the kids of the staff where he works. He writes the script, makes the scenery, co-ordinates the rehearsals and directs the whole thing, so a scrap warehouse is his idea of paradise! And he needed some garden tools too. So off we went. And this is some of what we got (for me):

A HUGE 'ball' of Italian yarn ..


These cones of 100% cotton yarn - still wrapped ..


Three large bits of leather to play with - the very pungent leathery smell reminds me of the old Kensington Market. There was a whole bucket of this!


Lots of little scraps of silk! Big enough for bags, purses, linings.


Lots of little zips!


Perfect for finishing my now 100% salvaged purses..


Not photographed:

Fabric paint - 2 bottles, a buckle, some other odd bits of yarn. All of this, fitted into 1 carrier bag which according to the Orinoco staff is "the standard unit of junk". How much? ... Ladies, don't bother to lock up your purses .. this entire haul cost a death defying, £2.00!! And there were other things - rolls of fabrics, rolls of bookbinding materials (we are in oxford after all), more yarn in all colours, more paint than you could shake a brush at, publishers blank books, rolls of vertical blind making stuff .. the list goes on .. and on ... and on ... .... and on ....

We also managed to salvage a garden fork and spade for Friend R, for the grand sum of £1.50!

I love saving the planet .. just think, all of this would have gone to landfill! Unbelievable!





14 comments:

Lesley said...

Oh fab!! I use my local scrapstore too but it hasn't had lovely goodies like yours for a very long time!

Those little zips are a great find and the leather is fab! Can't wait to see what you make with it all :-)
xxx

Gina said...

Fantastic. I must get around to making a trip to our local scrapstore and see what they've got!

Kitty said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I hadn't heard of this place. It's not that far from me. Guess where I want to go?!

Fantastic bit of business there, Mrs MK.

I hope young Master MK manages to get through the week without getting into any more strife.

x

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I am so glad you found a local scrapstore, I loved working at the Yeovil one but it has to be said we were a council run scrapstore and generally do not suffer the stress of wondering if we will make enough to cover running costs! most are charities and have to constantly seek grants and funding to stay open, these people work so hard for the items they get and the amount of ass kissing involved to get some of these items from companies is strenuous... even though they can in some cases act like their items are gold and do not like to part with it easily sometimes please accept their idiosyncrasies and allow them some leeway as they struggle to keep going sometimes. The scrapstores even organise regional swaps and national swaps so that items that are easily sourced in one area can be swapped for something else they cannot get for themselves, please bear in mind that if you know of a company that discards items that would be of a creative benefit to local people ask them to contact a local scrapstore to see if they would like the items before they bin them...
Sorry for going on... I will get off my soapbox now ...lol

Cheers Alex x

edward and lilly said...

Great finds, I love places like this!

solsticedreamer said...

oh lovely i love recycled fins! the interior of our van is all recycled right down the the leather seats...the hides, blue were in a skip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bet you are going tohave some fun with that haul!

Joleo said...

What a great find! Sadly the one near me is membership only for educational groups so I'll have to drool at your haul instead :)

Tracy said...

Super finds Julia... crafters heaven...and LOVE your little bags!! Hope all goes will with Jimmy. Happy Days ((HUGS))

Marmadaisy said...

What a haul! Don't you just love it when that happens?

dottycookie said...

I keep meaning to get to our scrapstore - maybe Gina and I should hook up ;-)

Good luck with the half term change of plans.

twiggypeasticks said...

Oh my goodness, I must find out if we have one near us, I love recycling and as you say it's fab using something that was headed for landfill isn't it?
Hope you and MK junior have a good half term and things sort themselves out.
Twiggy x

peppermintpatcher said...

How very cool! I didn't even realise that I NEEDED some of that stuff 'til you showed it!

Primrose Corner said...

I don't know what to say. That's amazing - I'm going to have a look to see what I can find. Love the denim project. That yarn, the silk... drool. I've also tagged you...

Indigo Blue said...

Yes, I have a scrapstore near me and use it regularly for work and sometimes find the odd goodie for my work too. In fact I really need to go again soon in the run up to Christmas. It is fun too isn't it. Found a stash of knitting needles once, after searching for ages I managed to pair up several pairs, in lovely colours too.