On two occasions recently, I have been able to pass along items that are not of use to me.
This is slightly different to decluttering because I never intended using either of the items concerned.
The first was when we were in Melbourne and I was having a good look around a large suburban op shop. I found a Veronika Maine dress.
While I have never owned any Veronika Maine clothing, I do know that they are good quality and it was made in Australia. I knew that a size 10 would not fit me nor did I need a dress which would be totally at home in a corporate work environment. So, I left it there even though it looked perfect and was priced at a relatively tiny $9. After several hours of thinking about this dress, I decided to write a post for a Facebook group. This group is simply a gathering of like-minded female friends, some of whom I know in real life. I offered to buy the dress and post it (if required) if anyone was interested. Sure enough, someone was keen and the dress is now in regional NSW with a new owner.
I am part of a small group in my local town who make Boomerang bags. We regularly receive bags and boxes of donated fabric from a variety of sources. Sometimes these include fabric which is not suitable for making the bags and we generally try to repurpose it in some way. However, I was sorting through some fabric yesterday when I came across several pieces which defeated me when it came to thinking about how it could be used.
It is a silky type of material with a floral pattern on it. Most intriguing was the fact that is had been cut into long strip about 20cm wide and up to 6 metres in length. This rendered it unusable for making any type of garment. Once again, I offered it to my online group of friends for the cost of the postage. Lo and behold, someone was very keen and the parcel is currently en route. I will look forward to discovering what crafty project this will be used for.
The alternative was to send it to an op shop but I fear that it would have landed in the ‘too hard’ basket and subsequently in landfill.
I have found that it is worth spending a little extra time and effort to find someone to pass things on to directly.