Not to be confused with hack the planet. <–*is a total Hackers dork for real*
So, last weekend (yes, Memorial Day weekend) Shawano had this huge, town-wide rummage as well as a flea market going on at the fair grounds. I lurked and wander and collected like the horrible materialist that I am with the Husband, Miss Sarah, her husband, and their totally-awesome-aggressive-to-a-fault-in-a-way-only-a-6-year-old-can-manage daughter. <–I like her. She’s going to rule the world one day and will not even need a 5 year old to plot-hole for her because she’ll skip all the crazy plans involving sharks as hero-elimination devices and just shoot the idiots outright.
Got to admire that kind of directness.
But! Town-wide rummage is quite possibly the most awesome thing ever.
Evidently, while the rest of America has been going “ooOOOOOoooo, imported from China with new car-smell” for the last 50 years, Wisconsin has been in a state of constant, near-horder-like collection. Like, Wisconsin invented the idea of uncycling and the entire state thrifts and rummages with a mad-ferret-like obsession. <–Not really but, seriously, you should see this stuff.
It’s too cool.
And! These things make the perfect place to pick up tools and supplies on the cheap.
A belt sander with side sander. Perfect for the small metals studio. $25.
Ball peen hammer. Good balance. Good weight. $3.75
Four really fantastically Rococo frames. Nice sized. Weighty. All four for $3.00 total.
I also got crazy stuff like used snow fence (loads of it) for $5, embroidery hoops for $1, and assorted other stuff.
Rummaging, flea marketing, and thrifting are officially best thing ever. I’ve always leaned toward the found object (or, at least, re-appropriated object) as art elements, but the prevalence of the rummaging mentality combined with the proliferation of places from which to purchase recyclable items is fantastic.
I am a contented squid. The pawn shop is in my future for a bandsaw. That’s another thing. Pawn shops aren’t nearly as hinky up here. They are a valid part of the economy that everyone utilizes in one way or the other without karmic backlash. *hands*