I wear hand-me-downs. I shop at bargain centers, flea markets, and on occasion, yard sales. I have gone dumpster diving more than once. I am amazed at the good stuff people toss out. Years ago, I found a walnut cabinet, complete except for its missing bottom. After a few hours of hard work and a little ingenuity to create a new base, I had a nice piece of furniture to add to the living room.
Regular readers know of the projects I’ve been creating with my daughter for her new townhome. Her 1 year anniversary in the new digs is almost upon us, and we are starting on her workshop. The girl needs a workbench before something happens to the dining room table. She has been covering it with a cloth while pounding and painting projects. Ack!
I have the workbench design in mind, and we’ve agreed to practice reuse wherever possible. That saves money and the planet. The finished project center will be sectionalized with a mobile unit that nests under a fixed bench. I want the flexibility as I have no idea what type of projects will emanate from her creative mind. We repurposed a dresser for the mobile unit by beefing up the framing and adding casters.
I was searching for bargains at the Habitat Restore here in Raleigh. Shopping there requires dumpster diver’s vision, the ability to look at something someone else discarded and see what it can become. I found two somethings for $5 each, and was glad I had a truck to haul them home. I think I have the bones for a solid workbench and can’t wait to start construction. More later.
I am so thankful my heavenly Father looks at me and sees my potential. He pulled me from the dumpster, and set me on a brand new course. Paul nailed the idea when he wrote these words:
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
II Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
What else is there to say but, “Thank you, Jesus!”