Treasure Hunting in a World of Surplus
For decades I have been practicing the "have everything you want for free" game. It is remarkably simple and based the time in which we live. We are the people who live amongst the greatest surplus of man made goods the world has ever seen. The waste stream is so abundant that one need only know what they want and it will be found. If one of the wishers criteria is that the item come free or nearly than it will be free or nearly. I can recall wishing for metal shelves, then I thought "why don't I get specific?" so I elaborated and described a very certain kind, size, material etc. The next day I found it out in front of someone's home waiting for trash pick up. What is kind of funny is how brand and material specific you can be!
Last week I put on my wish list "enamel coffee pot." It's for candle making. One can store their cleaned wax in the pot. Then when it's time to make candles the pot is simply warmed in a water bath and poured into molds. I looked on ebay, $10 - $50 was the average. I decided to get more specific, the old blue one with the speckles. And I want a lid, for under $5. It's been three days. I just picked up this little ditty for $2 at a garage sale I walked by while walking Sesame. My only problem is it cleaned up so well that I might rather put flowers in it. I"m now adding to my list, "ratty enamel coffee pot for candle making." We'll see how long it takes.
Just one warning friends, "careful what you wish for!"
Posted by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne at Saturday, July 30, 2011