I’m a goon. And a packrat. And this is why.
We’ve had this giant bag bound for Goodwill for literally the past 4 or 5 months. It’s been sitting in our basement since shortly before my parents came to visit. (Doesn’t everyone hide stuff in their basement when their parents come to visit?)
I won’t let my husband carry it away. Because I keep going into it and salvaging things that I thought at the time I wouldn’t need, but then that I realized later I could re-use.
Case in point: about 4 years ago I bought a couple of yards of nylon mesh to make shower and swimming baby slings. (Like these: http://www.bathingbuddies.com/bs.html ). I did make one, and I used it for a while, but I never got around to making the additional ones I’d intended to as gifts and such. So the rest of this mesh fabric just sat around. A few months ago I decided I’d probably never use the rest of that mesh, it was taking up space and my stash was beyond ridiculous, so I put it in the Goodwill bag.
However, that was before I discovered our local farmer’s market. (Another post for another day.) Long story short, I was slightly appalled at how many of those awful grocery store plastic bags one has to use there if one does not come prepared, and so I started looking into reusable produce bags. I discovered things like this (http://www.reusablebags.com/store/smartcycle-reusable-produce-p-1639.html) and this (http://www.whatscooking.info/catalog.php?item=115) and vaguely in the back of my mind remembered that folded yard or so of turquoise nylon mesh still sitting downstairs in the Goodwill bag…(by the way, these are great businesses–I’m waiting for my www.reusablebags.com order right now–but if there’s something I can make on my own, I’m not going to pay someone else to make me one.)
So I fished it out. Tonight I hope to make some produce bags for the next time I visit the market. Photos to come soon.
Plastic grocery bags are the pits. I did an earlier post on the reusable bag thing: check it out (https://greenmomintheburbs.wordpress.com/2009/07/06/re-usable-shopping-bags/)