Karen & Danny of Rude Record are the epitome of re-use. This fantastically frugal couple live the upcycled lifestyle: scavenging, refashioning, and mending nearly all of their clothing, home furnishings & electronics from landfills.
Get to know these rock stars of recycling, discover their top thrifty tips & learn about their scavenger style!
Rude Record is our online journal to record & share the joy of our frugal lifestyle, including Scavenger Style: our political and economical fashion statement. We resource and reuse items, including clothes from the point of landfill and play the game Beat The Man. The name of our blog is not the “naughty” rude but meaning lacking in subtlety rude i.e. roughly done.
Our lifestyle is a choice not a prison sentence. We do it to Beat The Man as best we can. Our way of life is about achieving freedom. The blog showcases how we do this in our own unique way. We have had a “rude” awakening and want to share our joy.
RUDE created Scavenger Style. It’s our resistance movement to a mass-produced, manufactured, fabricated, off the shelf society. RUDE chooses to scavenge & thrift what we wear on our bodies, display in our home and hopes to showcase to the world how mass consumption leaves a wasteful legacy. RUDE is a walking billboard for Beat The Man by REusing what we have and making do.
Karen & Danny’s Top Scavenging Tips:
Have NO expectations when scavenging at the landfill. Your trips oftentimes will be in vain and you will come home dirty but empty-handed. Remember it’s where fast fashion and poor quality furniture is dumped ready to be buried.
A desk, is not necessarily a desk. It may look like it has a top and four legs therefore a simple desk. But always have a closer look because at the landfill stuff is just chucked around and sometimes, depending on where you go, not sorted. It always has stuff sitting on top of it disguising its real purpose.
Don’t be fooled by people with “sad stories” who really would benefit from the fabulous item you have just scavenged and claimed. These people are traders who are only interested in re-selling scavenged treasures, be brutally blunt and tell these scavengers without any scruples to P**S OFF.
Haggle, Bargain, Barter if necessary but be prepared to smile and quickly walk away if no deal. Why quickly? You do not want to be shamed into feeling guilty. There’s no time to listen to rubbish when you scavenge, as there is a lot to do at home with your treasures. And there is no shame in keeping pennies in your pocket and playing RUDE’s Beat The Man game.
Pop on over to Rude Record and check out more of Karen & Danny’s scavenger style!