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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 00:00

The way the Spanish chuck away perfectly good stuff continues to amaze me. Once a week everything from furniture to TVs, household appliances to children's toys is left at the basura, the rubbish bins., much of it in perfectly good condition.

There is little concept of a second-hand market here - no junk shops, charity shops, car boot sales, yard sales and no small ads in the papers. Even eBay in Spain is not eBay as we know it in the UK or USA.

True a few shops have sprung up in guiri areas, such as on the Costa del Sol, but in my experience the second-hand furniture stores around San Pedro are nearly as dear as normal shops. There's also the odd car boot sale, I believe, but I've no idea how successful they are.

A sort of informal recycling takes place, in that if rubbish is worth having, someone'll grab it and take it home. I'm just surprised that, especially in a recession, people don't try to sell their unwanted items to get some much-needed cash.

Having just merged two households and 119 years of accumulated stuff, Mrs W and I are going to have loads of surplus items to get rid of. It seems a shame to chuck them away. Anyone any ideas? There'll be furniture, lamps, pictures, household appliances, cutlery, crockery, tools, etc.

Please post a comment below with your suggestions.

© Paul Whitelock

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0 #5 2011-10-10 08:25
You are wrong Paul, so very wrong!
EVERY town, village and hamlet has a branch of the church run "Cáritas" charity organization.
It is an organisation run by volunteers and with the desperate state of so many unemployed in the current climate, they are delighted to accept absolutely anything you might want to give.
With the depth of poverty of many unemployed who have run out of state benefits they will gladly take and use things which you would only take to the bins in the dark.
They really are desperate for all you can offer and deserve all the publicity possible for their efforts.
Regards, John
+1 #4 2011-08-14 07:08
we required some second hand item.
0 #3 2011-08-14 07:07
we are running an ngo and want to some second hand items.
0 #2 2011-04-03 15:24
Clutter sometimes become a problem for me because there are times that I don't have the heart to put it in garbage. However, if I could sell it even in the price of junk, I guess it would be easier for me.
0 #1 2011-02-16 17:37
Hi Paul,
In the US (especially lately) not much goes to waste. We, like Britain, have "garage" sales, 2nd hand stores, etc.
My suggestion: do you have NGO's, 501(C3)'s who might be interested? We have groups who make their money for their service organizations with their stores. Two we have is Hospice and the local Community College "thrift shops".
Yes, we thrifty folks hate to throw away good stuff. How is the Spainish climate for helping others? Volunteerism, etc. Would love to talk to you more regarding this.

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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