So what does that mean? Well, it means that if you get something from me or my family it is yours to do with as you see fit. If you want it, keep it. If you don't, then give it where it is needed. If you think something isn't your taste give it to someone it is better suited too. Does it offend us? No way ... We are not perfect and can't know everything about everyone all the time. We try to get the perfect gift just like everyone else does but if we fail? It is our Fail. No big thing to us. We just learn something about that person and move on. Most times Mom tries to give what she calls disappearing gifts. NO, not the kind people have to give away ... LOL ... Mom is very much into giving food baskets. LIke for a Weddings and anniverary she puts together a date night basket. Cheese, crackers, maybe a movie and sometimes even a bottle of wine. For kids ... It is a junk food basket. Complete with their favorite pop or drink mix, chips, cookies and sometimes even a movie or craft kit. And at Bowling she doesn't even bother with the basket part. Even though Mom isn't much of a drinker she just buys the ladies what ever their favorite liquor is at the liquor store. (Just so you know I had to look up the spelling of the word Liquor ... It doesn't come up much in our house ... LOL).
So does that mean that we give away things that are given to us, too? Well, to be honest sometimes yes. Mom is very upfront with people when a gift is something that she can't use. For example, Mom gets perfumes and body washes from her co-workers and as many of you know I am allergic to alot of things. One of which is perfume. When that happens she just tells them "Thank you so much for the thought but I am sorry I can't use a _____________ Because (insert an explaination). Can I exchange it for a (insert something like a hug or a lunch date) If you would like it back to give to someone else or use yourself it wouldn't offend me or I could give it to someone I know of in need. If you don't mind" You would be surprised at the number of people who are not offended at all. Yes, from time to time it upsets people to thank them for a gift and then tell them you can't use it but Mom would rather be honest then end up with a bunch of stuff at our house that we can't use but we can't get rid of because it was a gift.
But to tell you the truth we don't feel repurposing is just for gifts. There are alot of other things we repurpose too. Household things like these two items...
So are we extreme? Not at all... but let me point out that a real water troth costs about $80.00 and we need troths in every stall and pen we have. That comes to 8 water troths... That is $640.00 in water troths alone. The items we repurposed to use as troths??? FREE!!!
Bird boxes run about $25.00 each. those totes we use to move chickens are about $5.00 each at your local discount store. And the scoops and buckets?? Well, since Mom drinks the coffee the cans are free but a real scoop is $10.00 and Laundry soap is always in use here on the farm but real feed buckets are about $15.00 each. Not to mention that feed buckets and scoops have to be replaced because of things like getting overloaded with goats and sheep while trying to feed, happens often. LOL.
Do I think it is weird? Nope it just makes sense... So what have you repurposed to save money??