Black Friday – how much “stuff “do we need? Why not recycle or get it fixed.

As I headed back from my fun drive to Ben Rinnes yesterday the radio was going mad about Black Friday is this another consumer con?  The world is mad I am inundated with emails/ trash offers etc about “Black Friday. In the end how much stuff do you need and what a crazy time of year this is.

Some of the old axe on the wall  gone to good homes.
Recently I have lost a few old pals and it is sad to see how much “stuff “we leave behind. I visit friends long gone and much of their stuff is still around just unused what a waste. A lot we think is important is not and I am trying to downsize some of my “stuff”. A lot is mountaineering based and I try to pass on what I do not need to those who do. I gave a few old guide books away to a young climber and a few of North Wales that a couple were going to for the first time. It was good to do and great to see them being used. I sent a lot of my Himalayan mountaineering gear a few years to Nepal through the Gurkha’s at Kinloss  to help with the recent earthquakes.  Most of it would never be used again and hopefully it will be helpful for someone?

I had a great collection of ice axes from all over the years and when my sister visited a few years ago and saw them on the wall she was horrified? “What are you going to do with them when you are no longer here” it made me think and I sold them on ebay. I had so many offers and some went to Mountaineering Museums abroad for others to see.

[caption id="attachment_22106" align="alignnone" width="640"] Classic ice axes the Chounaird Zero I loved them

So this weekend I will have look in my cellar and see what I can recycle and even sell, better than it getting binned at a later date?

Any comments?

There are a few firms that will fix zips tents jackets well worth a look on the web I have had some items fixed from Scottish Mountain Gear well worth a look. There are plenty of others about.


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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3 Responses to Black Friday – how much “stuff “do we need? Why not recycle or get it fixed.

  1. sara says:

    Dear heavywhelley,
    the madness about Black Friday bothers me as much as it bothers you. It is just another highly popularized marketing trick, but if masses of regular people (consumers) would not encourage its promotion and spreading, it wouldn’t have chance to grow so big. Your strategy to give away / recycle some stuff is admirable. I experienced a similar sensation, after moving for a year overseas and leaving most of my stuff in storage, when coming back, I realized how much of it is useless and doesn’t have much of a personal value to me anymore. So, I do the same like you. Our attachment to objects is misleading.

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