July 10, 2011
My buddy Marlena took me to Home Re-Use-Ables this week – a very cool store a block off Argyll Road that salvages building materials from demolitions and renovations. It’s been around for a few years but she only discovered it recently – after she finished converting her garage into a studio, unfortunately.
It’s a labyrinthine place with room after room of treasures to be discovered. At the front there are a few rooms of antique fittings
like cast-iron claw-foot bathtubs. This one would be perfect for me – it’s nice and long and I could stretch out in it.
Carmen Electra rented it for her stage show at a casino.
These air register covers are like the ones I had in my first house (built in 1912).
More than 200 movie theatre seats – with handy cup rests.
Pretty pastel porcelain.
I seriously considered buying one of these wooden library carts – only $20!
November 4, 2007
I got ambitious this weekend and finally rounded up all my obsolete computers and peripherals (zip drive, printer, two flatbed scanners, etc.) to donate to a place that will find new uses for them instead of just recycling them for component materials.
Here it all is, stacked up in my back porch (the cat carrier is not part of this mountain of crap). The next step is to move everything to the car which will require several trips spread over a few days, and then the final step is to chauffeur this stuff around town for a few weeks until I finally get around to delivering it to its ultimate destination.
Before packing my old Powermac 7600, I scrubbed the harddrive by reinstalling the operating system it came with back in 1996 (OS 7.5.3). It definitely felt like I was giving it a lobotomy. I expected it to start singing “Daisy, Daisy.” It was my first computer, it was hideously expensive, and it served me well through my community college career and beyond. It’s still in fine working order, unlike my next computer, a secondhand iMac that wiped out a year’s worth of files when it went down (I’ve learned my lesson). I hope someone will get some use out of it.
July 6, 2007
Edmonton’s city-run Reuse Centre opens tomorrow. The sign, made from reused letters, is awesome. For a small fee, individuals and groups can help themselves to donated items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The list of items they accept for donation includes art & craft supplies, wallpaper, fabric, magazines and books, records, floppy discs, office and school supplies, seashells, hockey sticks (broken), cellphones, bingo dabbers, and even, I daresay, bowling trophies.