Sunday, June 10, 2007

Trash and Treasure

A recent post over at Danielbowen.com reminded me of something I saw on TV a few weeks ago. For some reason I caught a segment of Better Homes and Gardens (mum was probably watching it) in which "DIY queen" Tara Dennis was advocating taking furniture from council hard rubbish collections and "prettying" them up for use in your own home. I think she had got an old bookcase or some such and done a quick paint job, and then more than likely finished up with a stencil and spray paint or a hot glue gun etc etc. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't that theft? I've always thought that the "good" stuff goes to charity, so you're effectively robbing them of income. Sure it's fair game, sitting out there on the nature strip (or "verge" as Tara called it being a Sydney girl), and you get the usual pickers come around with trailers who I've always seen them as a bit desperate.

I must admit to taking something out of someones hard rubbish once when I was walking home from school. It was a safety card from an Ansett Airbus A320. I still have it, and I'm glad that I rescued it. I guess that makes me a hypocrite...

2 comments:

Andrew said...

At least one council made taking things from hard rubbish piles illegal.

Ben said...

Why does that not surprise me?