Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Going to the Dogs

We have a large curious extrovert of a dog, appropriately named Puck. At 5 years old, he has developed many, um, attention-getting habits over the years. Most recently Puck has started dumping over our kitchen trash can.

My new resale retail assignment, therefore, is to find a trash can that is Puck-Proof. My first query on the Internet led to an interesting site that I would not have expected - an outfit called United Receptacle. Their web site claims that all steel products contain over 30% recycled steel, and all aluminum products contain up to 70% recycled aluminum.

My next step is to see if I can find one of these trash cans on eBay. I'll keep you posted on my progress!


Monday, November 12, 2007

Late Evening News - Reuse That Apple

No, I don't mean the mushy red one sitting on your kitchen counter. I'm referring to any computer or MP3 device made by Apple Computer.

I was at the Apple Store today and saw a sign posted by the cash register - if you buy a new computer you can bring in your old computer and peripherals and Apple will recycle them for you. You can also bring in any old Apple MP3 player and buy a new one at 10% off. Finally, they will take any cell phone and recycle it!

I just checked out their web site but didn't see any reference to this. I may be an in-store deal. Good luck!

ReStores: Recycling with Habitat for Humanity

I want to help spread the word that Habitat for Humanity has a (relatively) new recycling and reuse sideline going on now - the ReStores. The concept is that individuals, building supply businesses, demolition crews, and contractors donate materials they can't use, and Habitat sells them to the general public at a fraction of retail prices. The money they raise is used to fund (what else?) more Habitat for Humanity homes! Check out their web site for locations and specifics about what can be donated.

The net recycling and reuse value is high - donors recycle and get rid of old building materials, buyers reuse, and Habitat reduces the cost of buying another house.

And there's more - they will send their truck to pick up, and your donation is tax deductable! It doesn't get much easier or better than that!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Loving E-Bay!

What's not to like? Where else can you do all the things E-Bay offers - shop 24/7 with the absolute best selection on the planet, get the best market-driven price on your item, and have it delivered to your door within days? Because of E-Bay I have significantly upgraded my wardrobe at a fraction of what it would cost to buy new (which I couldn't afford anyway). A few examples:

--Full-sized, high quality leather couch, less than 6 months old, $300. Bought from a seller 10 miles away. My husband and I rented a truck, took cash, and didn't pay until we'd seen it. Money saved: about $1500.00 over new.

--Ferragamo pumps, black, perfect work shoe, $74.00. I already know what size I wear in Ferragamo (a key piece of info you should have before bidding) so no risk there. Money saved: about $200 over new.

--Ferragamo pumps, navy, identical to the black ones, $13.50 (that's correct, $13.50). These came up for auction about 6 months after the black ones.

--Geiger coat, purple. knee-length, $75.00. My mother had paid about $1000 for a similar coat a few years ago.

Set up your watch lists, know your sizes in the brand you're bidding on, and have a blast!