Ann Marie was surfing blogs and came across my posts on freeganism and queen of recycling and then contacted me to do a piece for Buy Nothing Day. I agreed thinking she was a fellow blogger and only when she arrived did i realize she was a journalist.
I have always loved treasure hunting, and well, this may have come from the days as a child watching my dad and the bears at the cottage dump. He used to get really excited at finding useful objects. These were some of the few times I would see him being truly delighted. He would exhibit a wonderful childlike happyness accompanied by some colourful French Canadian Swear words! Swear word, swear word, c’est bon sa!
I simply love the annonymous street level trading, digging, the possibilities, plans and then letting them go by returning the re-used used objects back into the urban exchange network. I never really understood the rich ladies consignment shops. It is so much more fun to just give the stuff away, they so do not need the money while the women who purchase the new work suit really need the clothes. It was also fun to give away books, I had a gypbrock sign with "free books" on it, all my nerdy statistical, economic geography, economics 101 and management of information systems books went while the Canadian Association of Geography Journals, well they were a little slow to go. The saved space went to a painting that needed a home.
All that aside, I am most pleased when the things I like to do most are also good for the community and the environment, and in this case that was not at all the motivation but it all turned out great.