“Resell, reuse, recycle’ read the headline on a Bristol Press story about an Imagine Nation tag sale. Reporter Kristin Gloss went on to explain that the museum does everything it can to avoid just tossing items it can no longer use.
Part of the reason is that the city transfer station requires even nonprofits to pay by the pound to get rid of items. But, from our view, it’s also a good example of the old saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Richard Rich, Imagine Nation exhibit studio manager, set up an institutional and preschool surplus tag sale for gently used items from the museum and early learning center.
It didn’t take long for it to become obvious that these items could have a second life in someone else’s home or daycare. For example, one woman bought four cars-worth of items from the tag sale.
And that’s not all. “What doesn’t sell, we’ll see if For Goodness Sake can use it,” Rich said. For Goodness Sake is a furniture bank for formerly homeless people.
Finally, if no one takes it, the museum may list the items for free on Craigslist.
Again, the goal is to avoid paying for disposal but it’s also a reminder that there’s life in a lot of things we may want to dispose of and those items may be a treasure for someone else. Sure, it’s fun to get new things but it’s also fun to find new uses for old things - or to help others by donating to Goodwill or another resale charity.
And, perhaps just as important, we keep still-usable items out of the landfill.