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The Scavengers' Manifesto Paperback – March 19, 2009
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Amazon Exclusive: Scavenging 101: Ten Steps to Becoming a Successful Scavenger by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson, authors of The Scavengers' Manifesto
1. Pause and Save. Before every transaction, ask: Can I do this/get this/go there more cheaply or for free? Make this a reflex. Scavenging soon becomes second nature.2. Find your niche. Are you an urban forager? Thrift shopper? Garage saler? Treasure hunter? Coupon clipper? Seed exchanger Bargain hunter? So many new identities to choose: What kind of scavenger are you? 3. Open your mind. Scavenging means learning to be flexible. Spontaneous. Adventurous. Taking what comes means accepting what comes. Never wore a poncho before or listened to Turkish techno music? If that's what you find, that's what you do. Lose the squeamishness and learn. 4. Open your eyes. Scan every surface, every crevice, because lost and cast-off stuff is usually not in plain sight. Honor your ancient ancestors; become a hunter-gatherer. Find other (legal) means of getting stuff besides brand-new, full-price. Make your new keywords "sale," "half off" "discount" and "free." The more you see, the more you save. 5. Repurpose. Found something you think you can't use? Think again. Then turn it into something else. Doors become tabletops. Calendars become giftwrap. Cut-up mouse pads become coasters. Trophies, bolted to walls, become coat-hooks. Be resourceful. 6. Swap, don't shop. Ask friends, family, neighbors or coworkers to trade their unwanted items — clothes, books, tools, seeds, art, anything — for yours. Your trash is my treasure. Your hated crying-clown portrait is my raison d'etre. 7. Free yourself. From not knowing the difference between want and need. From the insistent ache of buy-more-now-again. Just say no. 8. Wait. Instant gratification is not an option for scavengers, as scavenging means pretty much never knowing what you'll get — or how or where or when or even if. But patience is a virtue. Revive the meaning of "worth the wait." 9. Follow the Scavenging Commandments. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not scam. Thou shalt not leave disorder in thy wake. Thou shalt not hoard. Thou shalt stay safe. Thou shalt not bring shame upon fellow scavengers. Thou shalt not go to extremes just to prove a point. 10. Give thanks. Consumer culture is all about getting whatever you want. Flip that dynamic. Scavenging is about wanting whatever you get.
"The eco-minded 'Scavenomics' philosophy that takes 'recycle and reuse' to a new level."
"Forget haggling. In this economy, scavenging is the new closeout sale."
- Boston Herald
"Practical ideas and tips pop up amid theories about Darwin, economics and fashion industry trends. With its "live-in-the-moment philosophy," and list of do's and don'ts for scavenging, "Manifesto" provides an insightful if roundabout guide to environmentally friendly living."
-Florida Times Union
"With retailers desperate for consumers' money, and consumers increasingly holding onto that money more tightly, paying full price has become about as uncool as wearing mom jeans. In their new book, The Scavengers' Manifesto, Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson explain how to live for less by becoming a scavenger, which they define as anyone who collects what other people discard, or, more broadly, people who avoid paying full price for just about everything."
- (web site for US News & World Report)
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price that made it even more enjoyable! The ideas & theories
about used items & scavenging will open your eyes and change
how you feel about everyday things.I've got to admit there
wasn't a whole lot in this book that I didn't already know
about, I was raised by a mother who was born during the depression
era and I grew up in a lower middle class blue collar household.
I wore secondhand 50 cent dresses in the 1960s in elementary school,
along with homesewn outfits my mother often crafted from repurposed fabrics.
Even today the majority of my clothes are purchased at The Thrift.
I am always amazed at how incredibly wasteful people are, throwing
away their money with very little actual thought behind their purchases,
then when things don't suit them anymore they blithely toss 'em away.
One of the saddest things about society today is nobody seems to care
about their things, they mean very little to them.Not that people should
be hung up on "the material", but there doesn't seem to be much "guilt"
behind such wastefulness.Anyway, this is a super book, insightful, and
very well written.I dug it! Amy Quist-Lake
Still, an interesting, light read.
-- Vicky Thompson, New Connexion
It is a great history lesson though.
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Don't waste your money on it.
Scavenge it if you can, but even then... it will be a waste of TIME to read it.Read more